Tinubu Tears Apart Ikimi; says he’s a devious man with an awful past

Bola Tinubu

A former Governor of Lagos state and chieftain of the opposition All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has launched a blistering response to allegations made against him by a former Minister of External Affairs, Tom Ikimi.

Mr. Ikimi, who last week left the APC and returned to the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], had blamed Mr. Tinubu for his ordeals while in the opposition party.

He said the former governor hijacked the party and was now using his vantage position in the fold to frustrate anyone who could stand up to him.

The former minister particularly blamed Mr. Tinubu for frustrating his ambition to become the party’s national chairman.

Read Mr. Ikimi’s allegations here.

Mr. Tinubu has now responded, describing Mr. Ikimi as a man with an awful past who could not be trusted with the leadership of the party.

Read the former governor’s full response below.

Tinubu Media Office
Lagos-Nigeria, August 31st, 2014

Reply to Chief Tom Ikimi. 

I ordinarily would not have responded to Tom Ikimi’s lengthy chronicle of falsehoods, cheap blackmail and abuse. My only reason for this response is that I know Tom Ikimi’s style. He subscribes to the view that no matter how unbelievable a lie may sound if you brazenly assert it and repeat it often enough you may persuade many that it is in fact true.  I have seen Ikimi perpetrate this deviousness in his years in public life.

1. Regarding Ikimi’s bid for the Chairmanship of the Party. It was clear to practically everyone who had the interest of the party at heart that we simply could not have a man of Tom Ikimi’s antecedents as Chair of the party. As chairman of the NRC, one of the only two political parties in the country under the military transition programme, Tom Ikimi not only connived with the then military regime to annul the elections, terminate the democratic process and sell off his party. He became Abacha’s foreign minister, convincing the world that heinous state murders like the hanging of Ken Saro Wiwa were just acts! If Ikimi were the Chair of APC the party would have to sleep with both eyes open lest its chairman sell off the party before day break .No matter what anyone may say about me it is unlikely that I can be accused of supporting incompetent or morally light-weight individuals for important political positions. My philosophy is to put the best forward, men and women of competence and integrity, who can stand up to us politicians to challenge us and say no when necessary. Such people are not noisy or able to gain attention by being loud, I believe my role is to do all I can to project them. Who in their right mind would compare the highly principled Chief Bisi Akande, or Chief Oyegun with a Tom Ikimi? Either of these two men are known for their no-nonsense styles, not once in their careers would you hear that they betrayed a cause or were anybody’s stooge.

2. Ikimi also concocts a story of a meeting he claims I had with Deziani on the Oando/ ConocoPhillips transaction on the eve of the APC Convention.

Only a Tom Ikimi can come up with the absurd falsehood that on the eve of the APC Convention when I was in crucial meetings practically round the clock I was meeting with the Minister for Petroleum! What exactly would have been the point of such a meeting especially on the eve of the Convention? Was it to prevent Tom Ikimi from emerging as Chairman of the APC? To what end? Of what value would it be to anyone except Ikimi himself? Besides if this was so why he is back to the same party that purportedly planned his down fall?

What is the Oando/ConocoPhillips transaction anyway? For those who do not know this is a private sale of the assets of ConocoPhillips to Oando.  It was not patronage of any kind from the Federal government. The Federal government’s involvement was merely to formally consent to the sale. I was not involved and I have never been involved in any of Oando’s transactions.

Typically he plays on the fact that Wale Tinubu of Oando is my nephew.  Oando has been thoroughly investigated by South African and British authorities in the past 5 years as part of the process of listing the company on the stock exchanges of those countries. Those rigorous and comprehensive investigations conducted by the governments and risk control investigators are to discover the actual ownership of shares in the company. Politically exposed persons like myself are prime targets for those investigations. All these investigations have shown that I have no investments in Oando. My public position on the entire transaction is that if an indigenous Nigerian oil and gas entity run by young serious minded Nigerians raise money transparently in the international capital markets to purchase private assets of a multi-national the Federal government ought to give its consent. That it took so long is shameful. The Conoco/Phillips transaction was a $1.7 billion dollars investment in Nigeria that would create more jobs,witness the establishment of allied industries and make the Nigerian Economy more attractive. I would have been extremely proud to have made such a transaction possible.

3. Regarding the nonsense about selling out on Ribadu. I think common sense should dictate that if ever such a deal were reached we would have had to inform our members in all the States. How could that have been done secretly? How do you tell hundreds of thousands of people not to vote for your own party without it becoming public knowledge?

At the formation of the APC, a crucial debate ensued about what to do about persons like Ikimi who had done awful things in the past, but who were now minded to align with the progressive tendency in Nigerian politics. Should we forever blacklist them? This would have been the easiest route, but it would have kept rancour alive. It would have made us slaves to the bleakest chapters of our past. Instead we opted to extend the hand of brotherhood, reconcile and put the past behind us. This would enable a broader political consensus, while also giving the likes of Ikimi an opportunity to atone for their grievous wrongs against the people and be rehabilitated.

We recognized that many leading Nigerians had committed acts of shame. Some for private profit, others who were otherwise decent people who had become prisoners to a terrible system.

Not surprisingly, Ikimi acting true to type abuse that magnanimity. He was never sincerely committed to the party. He was always playing out a PDP script. He only wanted the chairmanship of the party as a bargaining chip for negotiations with his benefactors.  His defection purportedly on account of the loss of the chairmanship of the party is a mere subterfuge, once his ploy failed he had no other objective within the party, I knew he would go back to his sponsors. He is back in the company he deserves. And APC is better for it.

-Bola Ahmed Tinubu


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  • TRUTH MASTER

    I am in total agreement with Tinubu’s response. I have stated it here, and I will repeat: Left to the likes of Ikimi, Nigeria will still be under military rule! The chairman of a party who sold out the same party and became the global spokesman for a stone-age dictator should never be trusted by anyone. A self-acclaimed democrat who helped to thwart the people’s will should never be trusted by anyone. A human being who will justify and applaud the brutal murder by the state of another human being, whose offence is that he dared to fight for his people whose environment and life were decimated by selfish oil firms, should be ostracized.

    In other climes, a man like Ikimi will not be living among decent humans! That he could still aspire to the chairmanship of a serious political party shows how our inclination to accommodate scoundrels has made us an unserious people. Let Ikimi go back to where he belongs. He is a liability to the APC. He never won an election in his life. Good riddance!

    • redeem

      Where was Buhari when Kudirat Abiola was assassinated? In a Mosque praying abi-was buhari not with abacha————some of these fake APC leaders have no shame left in them-if u say Ikimi aligned himself with abacha————then what about buhari——does yr reply make any sense to yr skull at all

  • Gbo_lee

    I am particularly impressed with his response to the lingering allegations on selling out Ribadu in 2011. He asked the same questions I have always asked. So did Tinubu inform everyone in Lagos State and other South West states where Jonathan won not to vote for his own party? How was he able to do it…inform millions of people that do not vote for us again oooo,vote for them….how did he do that without it going public,is there a secret communications channel to ACN supporters? Sometimes when allegations are made,Nigerians just start wagging their tongues without carefully thinking. Thank you Asiwaju for this reply even though I still feel an Ikimi does not deserve a reply from the Nigerian leader of opposition.

    • Adoki

      How Tinubu could trade off Ribadu in 2011? Very simple my brother. If you are the biggest financier of the party (ACN) in the whole of Nigeria, you simply REFUSE to ‘mobilise’ the candidate of the party in the general elections. In that case, it is curtains for a candidate like Ribadu who had neither the money, nor any other financier to prosecute his election. Now, tell me, why has Aregbesola been boasting that it was oly in his state that Ribadu won in 2011? It is to say that even the godfather did not do enough for Ribadu to win in Lagos State.

    • redeem

      This is what Ikimi said about Tinubu –he called him a thief——So——why is tinubu refusing to touch on the core areas Ikimi accused him of–and just scratching the surface of the issue with his horse tail- Chief TOM Ikimi, has taken a swipe at formerLagos governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the recently approved $1.5
      billion oil deal between Oando Plc and ConocoPhillips in the upstream
      sector.

      The deal, aggrieved APC members told TheCable, was struck in June at a
      secret meeting between Tinubu and minister of petroleum resources, Mrs.
      Diezani Alison-Madueke, at the Abuja home of the PDP national chairman,
      Alhaji Adamu Mua’azu ─ a day to the APC national convention, where
      Ikimi failed in his bid to become APC national chairman.

      He believes Tinubu worked against his bid and finally wrote to the party
      on Tuesday to WITHDRAW his membership, but not before carpeting the former
      Lagos State governor who was said to have opposed Ikimi because he could
      “sell” APC to PDP.

      Ikimi, in his resignation letter, in turn insinuated that Tinubu was the
      one doing the “selling” ─ although he did not mention him by name.
      He asked in his letter: “Who by the way is the buyer? Is it the PDP
      Government that opened its doors once more recently to one of the APC
      foremost boastful and noisy leader to consummate a mega oil deal on the
      eve of that controversial APC convention? Who then is really selling and

    • redeem

      APC Will Ensure That Nigeria Will Not Survive If Jonathan Wins In 2015″. – Party Chairman.

      “We Will Ensure That Nigeria Will Not Survive If Jonathan Wins In 2015”. – APC Chairman.

      “APC would make sure Nigeria doesn’t survive another four years should PDP/President Goodluck Jonathan win next year President

  • Ehi

    Even if he met with the oil minister and he had shares in oando ( both yet unproven) does that mean he will stop his business. Nigeria belongs to all nigerians not fg sponsors alone.

    • redeem

      DID HE TINUBU—–COLLECT 1.6B CONTRACT FROM pdp–YES OR NO–PERIOD DON’T ATTEMPT TO USE LOGIC TO BUY YOUR WAY OUT FOR TINUBU

  • Maria

    I am savouring this… I never knew Ikimi was Abacha’s foreign affairs minister… whaoooooooo! This criminal called Ikimi ought to have been hanged.

    • Mamman

      Maria,if you never knew Ikimi was Abacha’s foreign minister, then you have no business being on this platform. Unless if you aren’t a Nigerian. Or you must have attended a horrible school that succeeded to miseducate you. No wonder we have clueless leaders.

      • D king

        Pls let’s educate the younger generations! Maria probably belongs to this class. I see a lot of comments on social media about the likes of Buhari for instance & a few others fuelled by negative propaganda of desperate incompetent politicians which is now taken to be the truth perhaps mostly by the younger generations born in the mid 80s, 90s and the 2000s who were not around during this period of our history as a nation and are active on social media. For those of us who were around during this period, please lets use the social media to educate the younger ones and liberate the country from those who peddle falsehood about the history of this nation in order to propagate their selfish political interests. This younger generation should also take time out to check on our history (which is available online) and ask questions from the older ones as well to enable them understand the various personalities, politicians, issues e.t.c that pervade our social and political space today. God bless Maria, God bless Nigeria

      • Wähala

        Do you know if @Maria is a diaspora-Nigerian… born and bred? You should be glad she’s showing interest in her motherland. Instead of castigating and chasing her away from this forum why not simply educate her and see if she’s incorrigible. BTW, who made you the moderator here to decide who’s fit or not to be contributing to national thematic issues? Are you qualified to be here… and in what capacity? Clown!

        • Mamman

          @Wahala,its good to knw tht am a clown & u r d smartest person that God ever created on earth. However, its good to knw that by the very name u gave urself [ suffering ],it is pointless to argue with u by pointing out that harassing Maria or whoever it is,is just a way of telling her to tead up on political history of Nig. Both recent and earlier ones. Anyways, I forgot. I am bearing the wrong name,Smartie.

          • Wähala

            The only part of your response I accept as sensible is that you agree you’re indeed a clown. I’ve never said or come across as the smartest person ever created, I won’t join in your folly of using God’s name in vain! However, I am proud to claim that I am the Only man online who lives up to his name, and it’s not “suffering” as you ignorantly claim, it means: ‘trouble’ for anyone who’s against the pauper population that I represent … kapisch?

          • redeem

            u—a yet to be purified regional clown who jumps around with different user names———–today u are Ibo the next day FULANI–AS UNSTABLE AS THE ENGLISH WEATHER———? A pathological liar if there is one on the web———ONLY THING IS THAT WE DID NOT SEE U CALL ANY OGOGORO DRINKER FROM PITAKWA————-BIAFRAN TODAY BOKO HARAM TOMORROW-

          • Mr Igbo Sanity

            Its Igbo NOT Ibo. Stop insulting a nation of over 50 Million Worldwide

          • redeem

            NA U SABI THAT ONE/////IJAW IS IZON–START WITH MINE–FIRST THEN I MEET U HALF WAY TO ABUJA–IS THAT OK WITH U————WAHALA

        • redeem

          APC has a way of dodging issues–then go about beating about the bush–he was alleged to have cornered a mouth watering contract from Jonathan–let him tinubu deny the allegation now————–they did the same with aregbesholas 14m bribe scandal with DSS————–

          Chief TOM Ikimi, has taken a swipe at former
          Lagos governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the recently approved $1.5
          billion oil deal between Oando Plc and ConocoPhillips in the upstream
          sector.

          The deal, aggrieved APC members told TheCable, was struck in June at a
          secret meeting between Tinubu and minister of petroleum resources, Mrs.
          Diezani Alison-Madueke, at the Abuja home of the PDP national chairman,
          Alhaji Adamu Mua’azu ─ a day to the APC national convention, where
          Ikimi failed in his bid to become APC national chairman.

          He believes Tinubu worked against his bid and finally wrote to the party
          on Tuesday to WITHDRAW his membership, but not before carpeting the former
          Lagos State governor who was said to have opposed Ikimi because he could
          “sell” APC to PDP.

          Ikimi, in his resignation letter, in turn insinuated that Tinubu was the
          one doing the “selling” ─ although he did not mention him by name.
          He asked in his letter: “Who by the way is the buyer? Is it the PDP
          Government that opened its doors once more recently to one of the APC
          foremost boastful and noisy leader to consummate a mega oil deal on the
          eve of that controversial APC convention? Who then is really selling and

      • Clay

        Did you see what I sawooooo. I dey laffffffffffff.

      • redeem

        u may be u will soon tell us u do not know buhari was with abacha when kudirat was murdered—that is how u gullible Nigerians behave—–when the story has to do with the fulani north–u fain ignorance

      • Maria

        Not my fault… I was not in Nigeria during abacha time. Pardon my ignorance.

    • josh

      Infact, he supported d hanging of ken saro wiwa then.
      Ikimi was d one dt told united state dt d execution of saro wiwa by abacha was justifiable

      • redeem

        DID BUHARI NOT SUPPORT THE HANGING OF KENSAROWIA–

    • Ogom

      “But Chief Ikimi repeated hints that the government wants him to renounce his claim to a presidential mandate before being freed.

      John Oyegun, spokesman for the opposition umbrella group NADECO, told the BBC he hoped that Chief Abiola would play a significant role in future politics.”

      – BBC “Abiola ‘to go free'” 2nd July 1998

      • Ade

        Was Abiola your Hero a saint? How was he different from Abacha. He simply ripped what he sow.

        • Ogom

          And now, Ikimi has “ripped” what he sowed 🙂

    • Wähala

      If you didn’t know Tom Ikimi as Abacha’s vuvuzela what do you know? Maria, it was Tom who told the world Ken Saro-Wiwa murdered four Aborigine chiefs, roasted their corpses with bunkered oyel and ate them… then washed down the heinous crime with ‘sapele water’ which set off the fuse in Abacha. Therefore, their hanging was justified!

    • karx

      Recall Muhammed Abatcha and Major Al Mustapha are already in PDP hence Ikimi and Ali Modu Sheriff are back to their rightful abode. They can now hang Nigerians as they did to Saro Wiwa, Bagauda Kalto etc

      • redeem

        rubbish when they join APC them rogues are referred to as saint//was rochas not accuse d of stealing over 1m dollars from the aviation ministry is he not with APC today dressed in d robes of a saint

    • Ade

      Tell me what Abacha did that Tinubu hasn’t done or is not doing. If Abacha is alive nobody will be talking shit about him. IBB, Obj, Abdusalam, Tinubu etc are in the same class as Abacha. Just as Abacha ripped what he sow, Tinubu his likes will rip what they are sowing.

      • Maria

        Tinubu never ruled Nigeria via gun neither does have the keys to the CBN vaults to loot billions. Tinubu did not Kill Ken Saro wiwa neither did he kill Alhaja Kudirat…

        • Clay

          He had the vaults of Lagos State for 8 years and maybe you didn’t know this also, Maria.

          • Oladapo Adesope

            So?…compare his Lagos to those villages that PDP has been ruling

          • Maria

            That makes a lot of difference between him and abacha, Mr Clay.

    • Mr Igbo Sanity

      Don’t forget the No 1 Mole Modu Sherrif, who was false flag mole, and undisputed Financier of BH, who was planted in APC to make it appear as APC is behind the BH.

  • Segun Surulere

    POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK ……… SHIOOOOORRRRR !!!!!

  • Sola

    I may not believe any of Tinubu’s statements on this issue, but I strongly agreed that he mostly support the best people/ hands for the job. Check out some on his lists: Fashola, Professor Osibajo, Oshiomole, Akeredolu SAN, Aregbesola, Baba Akande, can you fault Oyegun the list is long. Tinubu may not be a saint, but he does not support mediocares in order to use them for personal gains. God bless us.

    • BlackieUmukoro

      Is fashola not tinuibu’s senior house boy and the key holder of his milking machine (Lagos state). Who owns the shoprites in the SW. Abeg tinibu is not clean and cannot project a clean person

      • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

        Shoprite dey enugu also, shop-rite is a south African franchise doing business in Nigeria

        • BlackieUmukoro

          Thank you for the information. Am grateful
          Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Ade

            Grateful? Tinubu is using the franchise to expand his business with stolen money. Any body can use the franchise if he/she meets the business criteria or requirements. Just as KFC was franchised to Nigeria by the Indians.

          • Oladapo Adesope

            You see how uninformed you people are

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Read my lips. Don’t be fooled and don’t flow literally with my post-Figure of speech Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Ade

          Anybody can use the franchise to do business. Tinubu is using the franchise to expand his business empire using stolen money. The only persons that see Tinubu as a “star” an ethnic bigot that is blinded by ethnic or political sentiments

          • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

            I am not saying Tinubu can not own the franchise, i am saying you guys do not have the prove to say that, he has denied owning stakes in the franchise. Even Awolowo brought cocacola and 7up franchise into the country and was given stakes in the firm.

          • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

            Ade, It isn’t wrong to for Tinubu to run this franchise but you guys don’t have prove of his involvement and are only using heresay as your prove. That during his stay as governor, he attracted the franchise does not make him the owner.

        • arise_9ja

          Are you this gullible or it s just sentiments? So Tinubu cannot use shoprite as a front?

          • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

            do i have to be gullible, you guys write without prove, as at today, he has denied owning stakes in shoprite Nigeria, how come pdp government have been celebrating bringing the shoprite franchise to their state. Every single company in Nigeria is owned by Tinubu. Kilode. The man has said he owns the CBS, owners of TVC ,RVC & Adaba Fm, he also owns the nation newspaper and Fly Nation.

          • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

            And the PDP government of Delta and Enugu will accept Tinubu to invest in their state. You know that you always think everybody is gullible, please prove that he owns Shoprite and I will rest my case. The Shop rite built in Enugu and Adeniran Ogunsanya was built by Top Services.

    • Ade

      All the names you called are below mediocre. Tell me any one of them that is not a stinking corrupt person. Rubbish

      • Wähala

        You’re a true clown. Each of those men he listed have achieved more than your creek moron, Dr. Dumbo…
        as Dep. Gov, Gov of Bayelsa; Vice President, Actg. President, Substantive President and President of Nigeria in the last 5yrs! It is sacrilegious to mention Dumbo with the same breath as the men on his list, in fact, you’re insane!

        • Ade

          Presumption they say is the lowest level of knowledge, which defines your person. Am not GET support neither will I supports hypocritical APC. My position is those APC heroes are corrupt as GEJ, if GEJ deserve crucifixion, then the should be on the queue too.

          • Wähala

            Most Nigerian politicians are corrupt no doubt, but some are more positive with their corruption…
            Aliko Dangote is the highest individual employer in Africa today, but is his business practice of monopoly not corruption? How about his manipulation of SEC against Odetola’s company shares… is Dangote still not the Chairman of the Nigerian Stock exchange? I have more brains in my left toe nails than you’ve got in all of your coconut head… Clown!

          • sharp shape

            Thanks !

      • robo

        Please check the list again bros!

  • John green

    Now, the more truth is coming out, is this not the same ikimi people thought he’s a progressive, not knowing that he had a lot of bad side and part of those that brought the nation to it knee, I wonder what a man will have for him to later conclude on going back to the same wicked party that has done more than worst to this nation over the years, it really shows the kind of person such man called ikimi is. The people had known the truth now and we’v known what PDP stands for before, end of tyranny and end of failure party

  • abujakenneth

    The capon of Bourdillion has spoken

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Ikimi, please respond speedily. Tinubu seems to know the minutest detail about the Oando oil deal, yet he claims he knows nothing about it. Very confusing

    • alao

      The Oando/conoco deal has been in the public domain for almost 3years,especially those in the petroleum industry. It’s public knowledge. Tinubu like every other nigerian who is abreast of happenings across all industries and not just politics alone has been aware.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        I see. But am not fooled
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Oladapo Adesope

          If you have your details about his corrupt practice please forward same to EFCC/ICPC at least he is not in the ruling party where thieves and criminals run to for cover and onward pardon…..mere coming online telling us you THINK he is corrupt because PDP said so, is an act of cowardice or cheap blackmail….Ain’t you ashamed its over 4 years now, still singing same song about him and GEJ/PDP is yet to find a single evidence to nail him.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Show some respect. GEJ is our president
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Mr Igbo Sanity

            He is your UNELECTED “president”

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Your sanity is in doubt. Please check into an Ebola centre for a check up Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Mr Igbo Sanity

          Turn off this annoying ” Sent from my BB. Many commentators here use BB, but have since turned it off for over 6 years!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Teach me. I don’t know. That is my sign off tune. Don’t be too offended. You can invent one, to sign off too. Like Sent from my motorola land line Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • ND

    Use and dump. Tinubu using OBJ style. Obviously no one contributed to the formation APC than Ikimi. He was a progressive when he was hosting them in his house. He’s now a conservative when he wants to enjoy the fruit of his labour. I pity people that dines with Tinubu

    • uddy

      If he was truly a progressive, he should have stayed in the party and fight for progressives to take over the federal govt and ensure governance is felt in the states governed by progressives. Ikimi knows what he wanted and lost. He’s not a progressive and will never be. I think he fired the first salvo, but to the wrong person.

      • sharp shape

        So that monkeys like tinubu can reap from his labour ! You think everyone has slave mentality like you ?

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    What a revelation. On the issue of sell-out of Ribadu to Jonathan, I still ask how he was able to do that without any official broadcast either in print or voice delivery. Who went round the 36 states to tell ACN loyalists to vote for PDP instead. However, I’m not too clear about him not having stake in OANDO. Pls I still need more revelation on that. Ikimi park well, Nigeria wan move forward.

  • TopeLamas

    There is no need for deliberation on dis, it quite obvious dat dis man call ikimi had d hope of becoming apc national chairman which by GOD’S doing he didnt bcos God already knows he is a betrayal, nd pdp is d next party he cn go hoping to b given position which is a big lie, he is merely deceiving himself nf it wil b too late when he realise his mistakes. Its better pple like ikimi leaves apc for apc to know who d real nd fake politicians are, dos after there pocket nd dos dat want to serve the pple. Infact dere is no nid for tinubu reply we all know d truth

  • Ovie Obaro E

    Wonders shall never end. So Tinubu can refer to another as having an awful past? God I beg Oh! No be small thing o. Nigeria has really turned upside down. So Ikimi doesn’t know his real father and mother? So, you mean Ikimi is a drug pusher and ‘Gbana’ major? So, Ikimi is a confirmed ‘Oluwole’ (Certificate forgery expert)?, So Ikimi is a pension thief? …I mean Ikimi allocated over 15% of his States income as ex-Governor’s pension benefit? So, Ikimi has been at war with the succeeding state Governor for not cooperating in permitting looting of state treasury?

    Haba Tinubu, person wey dey cry dey see road oh! Nonsense!

  • Wähala

    Sen. Bola Tinubu did not need to respond to a disgruntled stooge like Chf. Tom Ikimi…
    But, the reply certainly clears a lot of cobweb about Tinibu’s personal/business life and his political adventures. Ikimi is just a very sour loser, if Chf. Oyegun emerged Chairman of APC, it should have been clear to Ikimi that Tinubu’s preferred candidate, Chf. Akande, did not also win… so, Tom Ikimi stood logic upside-down by asserting that the Asiwaju imposed his choice over popular wish (him, Ikimi) of others within their Party. A brilliant ass-kicking that I hope settles the matter.

    • the truth

      U are dillusional so all this while tinubu knew of ikimis past but kept num.that tells you his personality.

      • Wähala

        “At the formation of the APC, a crucial debate ensued about what to do about persons like Ikimi who had done awful things in the past, but who were now minded to align with the progressive tendency in Nigerian politics. Should we forever blacklist them ?” – Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu

        Does that answer your silly comment? The translation of the above is that Asiwaju Tinubu et al, wanted to rehabilitate Tom Ikimi by giving him a 2nd. chance which he (Ikimi) foolishly interpreted to mean he has to be Chairman or bust. The selfish one here is peeping Tom, he came to spy for the PDP for dubious personal gain. He deserves the lampooning he got, while you keep living in delusion. Keep gulping coarse ogogoro… your live depends on it. Aborigine!

        • djay

          Well done for taking time out to explain to him, its obvious some people don’t really understand what they read

          • ifebuche

            Band of gullible Nigerians. Smh.
            How you guys buy into this bullcrap is amazing. Anyway make sure to keep your receipts. Gut-wrenching repair sounds like it gon be costly.

        • ifebuche

          Rehabilitate an old thief?
          You are a bigger clown maen.

          • Wähala

            Your stupidity is gut-wrenching… anybody can be rehabilitated if they want to but Tom Ikimi want to make the rules and implement it which is unfair.

          • Dr. Kay

            You are the biggest clown in this forum if you can’t assimilate simple explanations of APC wanting to rehabilitate Ikimi. Even robbers and people who did wrong in their past are rehabilitated through the prison system. So in your book you strike anyone who makes mistake one time in their life and cast them out as hopeless ? So you are a man without reproach abi, a perfect human who would have stoned the harlot in the bible abi na lie?

          • arise_9ja

            You APC supporters need medical help…..I can’t believe that you buy into these jargon written by Tinubu. Go and read TAPS by El-Rufai, study the sub-title Lagos-Enron Case from page 89 -93 and see for yourself what Nasir wrote about Tinubu and the same Oando. Na today? El-Rufai clearly described how Tinubu scammed Lagos state and almost made NEPA bankrupt overnight. Tinubu is more corrupt than corruption itself. Denying his ownership of Oando is like El-Rufai, FFK, Ibori, Odili etc denying that they are corrupt…..do these politicians ever accept that they do wrong? Mr. Kay listen to yourself…from the way you sound you can defend satan in court.

          • LA(Leadership&Accountability)

            You need to learn how to accommodate other people’s view,rather than resort to insults.We cannot all be on the same page.

            Your view points does not make you more medically stable than others.

          • ifebuche

            Look at this native doctor o.
            So you are this gullible?
            All the while he was in this rehabilitation’ centre no one cares what he does. Now that he has ‘escaped’ f00lz like you suddenly realise your unholy alliance was am attempt at redemptive association.

            Keep deceiving your sorry self.

          • LA(Leadership&Accountability)

            Are all the people in PDP clean?.Why have they not been exposed by PDP or GEJ himself.?We need to reason intellectually!

            The constitution guarantees freedom of association.There is no way PDP or APC would disallow any person from membership,no matter how bad they are.The best that can be done is to ”manage” them.!!!!!!!!!!!

            NIGERIANS THINK!!!!!!!!

          • ifebuche

            At least PDP had not claimed they wanted to redeem a former APC member.

        • the truth

          i wonder your line of reasoning and i begin to wonder if you indeed had any form of education or just an area boy tout who have a platform to instigate, formulate and facilitate propaganda and falsehood, for once in your life please see the truth and say it. Ikimi was sweet with tinubu all this while, they made joint statements together and tinubu never said anything, according to you he had this feeling of ikimi’s past but never said anything or distanced himself from a murderer as he claims, but the moment ikimi goes to the press to castigate tinubu he opens this cans of worms. so the question is how many of this so called killers are in apc? so this is the leader u want to elect, a man that harbours killers when they support him then opens up on them when they are against him. the simple truth is he lacks pedigree and steadfastness. in civilised countries at the first junction of ikimi trying to join apc he would have distanced himself from him. lack of principle

  • Onyeamama

    Hon Ikiimi was wrong. If he left the party because they did not make him the chairman he was wrong and not a true democrat. Reminds one of those kids who left the soccer field with their balls if they can’t stand the heat on the field. If PDP accepts you Hon Ikimi, you belong there. Goodluck to you and the PDP.

    • arise_9ja

      Buhari left ANPP to form CPC when he could not secure the presidential ticket….it is called politics. Ikimi accused Tinubu of running a cult in his parlour instead of a democractic political party and Tinubu has not been able to deny that. Who does not know that Tinubu imposes his stooges everywhere? Fashola is a typical example….performing governor but not free from godfatherism, can you say Akpabio or Sule lamido is not free from GEJ?

  • Adoki

    Na wa o! This Tinubu’s defense is making me even more suspicious. If I remember correctly, Ikimi said simply (and vaguely) that Tinubu was involved in the Conoco Philips / Oando deal. He did not specify which one of the two companies that Tinubu was supposed to have interest in. So how did Tinubu Zero in on Oando, if not that he knows something more than what Ikimi said in his letter? And how come Tinubu has so much information about a deal that dates back 3 years???

    On the second matter of how Tinubu could possibly have ‘sold out’ Ribadu, I would say that it is very, very simple. If you are the biggest financier of the party (ACN) in the whole of Nigeria, you simply REFUSE to ‘mobilise’ the candidate of the party in the general elections. In that case, it is curtains for a candidate like Ribadu who had neither the money, nor any other financier to prosecute his election. Now, tell me, why has Aregbesola been boasting that it was oly in his state that Ribadu won in 2011? It is to say that even the godfather did not do enough for Ribadu to win in Lagos State.

    • djay

      read his statement again

    • Ade

      I sincerely piety the end of Tinubu with his larger than life mentality. His only exit route is to support GEJ the way he did in 2011, as people on drugs don’t have shame when it comes to survival.

    • Dr.kay

      Are you slow or you were dropped on ur head at birth. Go and read Tinubu’s message again pretend you are doing comprehension in WASC/GCE, then you will understand .

    • Spoken word

      ??????. can you read and understand what you read?what a shame. we a have a long way to go in this country. people cant even understand basic english anymore

    • Aji

      Are you not in Nigeria? Conoco Philips / Oando deal has been in the news for sometime now, except you are not Capital MARKET or financial inclined. That allegation of Oando in purely unfounded.

      • Dr Collins

        Thank you Mr Aji, all these ppl commenting did not know the different btw left and right when it comes to finance and economy

      • arise_9ja

        Shut up my friend! Why do you guys jump up to defend criminals? If it was GEJ that was accused of Conoco Philips/Oando deal you would have believed it 110%. But because Saint Tinubu is an APC member, he dropped from heaven, he is spotless and can never do any wrong, he does not engage in corrupt practices and loves his country to the fullest. SUCH IS THE HYPOCRISY AND STUPIDITY OF APC SUPPORTERS. Which Nigerian politicians are more corrupt than Tinubu, Atiku, El-Rufai……You can say the allegation is unfounded, suffer and smile because you are Thiefnubu’s lawyer.

  • Gideon Orkar

    So Ikimi was this bad and yet he was key member of APC and their BOT. A case of sour grapes. One by one all of them go open each other yansh!

  • Ken

    The reply has not said anything. The allegation of imposition and stealing to fund the party was not responded to. Tinubu is a thief and not worthy to be mentioned. Ikimi will finish Tinubu just wait.

  • trulynigerian

    wonders shall never end in this our naija! smh

  • john micheals

    Tinubu has intelligently avoided most of the accusations, making us believe he is guilty of most of them. Nobody doubts that Tinubu is a questionable fella but his arrogance and greed has chased out a few people from the APC and that is the beginning of their failure

    • Dr.kay

      Tell me the pedigree of those that left and tell me how PDP Will benefit from their defections? People that left were motivated by avoiding prosecution (fanikayode and the former Borno governor),by wanting to win on a platter without working hard for it as (Ribadu did by leaving for Adamawa ),and just plain sour grapes ,undemocratic and lack of principle as embodied by Ikomi as we used to call him.

      • arise_9ja

        Say that to Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Baraje, Atiku, Saraki and the host of political prostitutes all over APC. Who started the defections? Now that your wicked weapon is coming back to hunt you, you are calling people who are better than you names. Keep calling them names because they will be more….strange bed fellows unified by evil greed and lust for power: that is APC for you. Let Tinubu tell us that he did not sell out Ribadu is 2011. You are here ranting for Tinubu will he goes behind to shake Alison Madueke’s hand.

  • Nwa Aba #Lets Break Up Now

    First time Tinubu is talking sense

  • Thecreed

    How on earth will a person who claimed to have invested so much time, energy and even resources abandoned the party just because he wasn’t voted for as the chairman of the said party. That’s a defective reasoning if you ask me, and it shows that the party was actually right for not allowing him to steer the affairs of the party. His departure is considered by the progressive minded people as good riddance! Asiwaju holds no apology if he actually made such move possible. Keep it up Asiwaju, haters will continue to hate but APC has come to stay. Come 2015! Power must change hands!!

  • Gaffok17

    Lovely excerpt from Tinubu devoid of insults.

  • Spoken word

    it beats me that we still talk about people like Ikimi. what a country.

  • Suralab

    Tinubu has shown to us he his a leader, he hits the nail on the head, APC will remain APC irrespective of who leaves the party. Infact, APC should be happy that the bad wagons that can dent the image of the party is leaving. Truly Ikimi cannot be trusted with that kind of position because it’s like sitting on a gun powder.

  • robo

    It is only in Nigeria a man of Tom Ikimi’s past will aspire to lead a national political party. How did Nigeria descend to this ignoble depth? Welcome to Babangidian Nigeria.

  • arise_9ja

    Tinubu is talking garbage and gullible Nigerians will jump to support him. The case is simple, ordinary Nigerians do not have the facts to hold these politicians to their actions, what most people rely on is allegations. Example, it was alleged by CBN governor that $20bn is missing, it was alleged that Stella Oduah bought bullet proof cars at exorbitant prices and it turned out to be true. Now that allegation has been made against Tinubu he is trying to sweep it under the carpet with lame defense. Let gullible Nigerians keep to follow Tinubu, on the eve of APC Convention Tinubu was with Alison Maduaeke

    fattening his wallet but some fools will come here and jump in defense of Tinubu. Where did Tinubu’s wealth come from if Tinubu is not helplessly corrupt? So Tinubu knew all these bad things about Tom Ikimi and Tinubu’s party went ahead to name Chief Ikimi as Chairman of the entire South-South zone where the president hails from? Does this mean that the APC does not have a credible politician who can Chair the entire South-South Zone and Tom Ikimi is the best of APC? Politicians really believe the electorate are all fools, that is why a corrupt rogue like Tinubu will have the temerity to condemn another man. Once a person leaves the APC he is painted like a demon, when APC loses elections they say the people are hungry for stomach infrastructure…..something is seriously wrong with APC, they need major house-cleaning.

    • orosun

      You need to educate yourself that ANYBODY, even a convicted murderer is free to join a political party in a democracy. It is when they aspire to lead that a serious party will expose them and block their aspirations. Ikimi lost an election because majority of the party backed Oyegun and being a sore loser he went to the press to cast aspersions on the person of Tinubu and the APC. A man who has never won an election in his life and an Abacha henchman should not be allowed to lead any responsible party. His home is the PDP where murderers and killers abound

  • the truth

    i wonder your line of reasoning and i begin to wonder if you indeed had
    any form of education or just an area boy tout who have a platform to
    instigate, formulate and facilitate propaganda and falsehood, for once
    in your life please see the truth and say it. Ikimi was sweet with
    tinubu all this while, they made joint statements together and tinubu
    never said anything, according to you he had this feeling of ikimi’s
    past but never said anything or distanced himself from a murderer as he
    claims, but the moment ikimi goes to the press to castigate tinubu he
    opens this cans of worms. so the question is how many of this so called
    killers are in apc? so this is the leader u want to elect, a man that
    harbours killers when they support him then opens up on them when they
    are against him. the simple truth is he lacks pedigree and
    steadfastness. in civilised countries at the first junction of ikimi
    trying to join apc he would have distanced himself from him. lack of good
    principle

    • sharp shape

      Thanks !

    • orosun

      A political party is an organisation with free entry and free exit, anybody can join any party no matter what their past is. But it is when murderers and polical prostitutes like Ikimi aspire to leadership positions that a responsible party like the APC will halt them and that is what Tinubu and the APC have done a PDP agent like Ikimi. Good riddance to bad rubbish

  • GbemigaO

    So Ikimi is a devil now by Tinubu ? Before he was a saint? Sherif is also a devil after leaving APC ? Common,

  • ceweeco projects

    APC doesn’t know what he’ll do if he loses, but talks about what he’ll do if he wins, and PDP as winners doesn’t talk about what he’ll do if he wins, but knows what he’ll do if he loses.

  • paul preston

    this reply simply confirms one of the realities in Apc which is that some are landlords while some are tenants

  • Babzo

    Everything about Tinubu is controversial but who are you to judge

  • Chrisok

    Hmm, I hardly trust any politrician (politician) . Most are there with higher intense for self than national interest, Tinubu may be wrong or not, why would Ikimi leave’s a party or business he labour for in a hurry and easily ? He could have dumped them mid way if elected too. (I am neither an APC nor PDP man )

  • agu

    Do you get paid for writing crap??
    Who told you igbos cares about being nigerian president???

    • Preco01

      onyi beribe

    • tundemash

      Some people just can’t be saved from themselves !
      Read this brilliant article again when the effect of drug use has subsided

  • Emmanuel Clifford Peters

    Tope, i wish majority of nigerians will think and reason like you do this country would have become comparable to countries like Usa and the west of Europe,remain blessed for this master piece.

  • Jeno Cosi

    I couldn’t have said it better and I know something about Biafra. You are indeed a brother to Ndi’gbo, hell no, you are a real Nwa’gbo Tope. May God bless you.

  • Pause

    1.
    Lagos and indeed SW states are no man’s territories for Nigerians and there is nothing Yorubas can do about it.

    2.

    In 2019 or 2022, power must be transferred to the SE or SS.

    With the above facts, Ndi Igbo and peace loving Nigerians should pay no minds to UNEMPLOYED E-RATS who post gibberish online.

  • Doc Jtroy

    I believe in one Nigeria