Pa Ayo Adebanjo has knocked Messrs Bola Tinubu, Segun Osoba and Bisi Akande over the seeming reluctance of President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure Nigeria.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts and ex-Governors of Lagos, Ogun, Osun are close to Buhari whom they canvassed votes for and supported to win the 2015 election.
Adebanjo told Nigerians to ask the trio why they “derailed”, insisting that the country must be reorganized in order to return to the path of greatness.
“If my son emerges as a presidential candidate of any political party, I will not support him if Nigeria is not restructured”, Adebanjo vowed on Tuesday.
The Afenifere leader spoke at the ‘The Platform,’ a virtual meeting organized by Yoruba Global Council (YGC), a coalition of progressives.
Adebanjo commended the organization for uniting to promote and protect the interests of the Yoruba home and abroad.
The statesman declared that the 1999 Constitution was fraudulent and imposed on the people by the military.
He regretted how Buhari and the ruling APC “deliberately” ignored restructuring, a major part of their ‘Change’ campaign mantra.
Making reference to Tinubu’s presidential ambition, the Yoruba chief advised him to first negotiate restructuring before pushing to become APC’s flagbearer in 2023.
Adebanjo explained that Afenifere’s visit to Tinubu when he returned from London was not about politics but a show of solidarity.
The respected nonagenarian said any sincere government should be able to work with some of the 2014 National Conference recommendations.
He dismissed the excuse of “rancour among ethnic nationalities”, maintaining such should not be a premise to dismiss the importance of a national discourse on true federalism.
He accused the Buhari administration of insincerity and emphasized that to avoid Nigeria’s disintegration, necessary constitutional actions must be applied to appease those sidelined in the scheme of things.
“Even those who came into office advocating federalism like Tinubu, Osoba, Akande. You remember how they came into office under restructuring, they now say restructuring is not their priority.
”I implore you (YGC) to invite Tinubu, Osoba, Akande and others to this platform. Ask them why they derailed; advise them to persuade Muhammadu Buhari to restructure Nigeria before 2023 elections.”
Adebanjo said while the 1960 Constitution embraced fiscal federalism and encouraged regional autonomy, the 1999 Constitution remains a scam.
“How can you say a product of the fraud would amend the fraud? They cannot govern us under the rule of thumb and those of us who fought for democracy will keep quiet? No, it can’t work.
“In 2021, Buhari is telling me Nigeria’s constitution is not negotiable? What a balderdash! What an insult! That is not the agreement we made with the founding fathers”, he fumed.
Prof Lere Amusan, YGC spokesperson, said part of the mission of the group was to ensure the restructuring of Nigeria.
Amusan opined that such rejig would serve as a “palliative measure” to solve many pressing challenges in Africa most populous nation.
”Right now, people are in need of material gains, basic necessities of life, education, health, good roads and hospitals.
“When these things are fixed due to more wealth redistribution, we will have lesser fights about security, corruption, tribalism and nepotism”, he posited.