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Fayose Blasts Tinubu Over Comments Against Obas In Yorubaland

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State,

Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose has chided the All Progressives Congress (APC) National

Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for saying that “the good Obas' in Yorubaland, who are

forthright, firm and stand by the truth are not up to five, they are just three.

Fayose, who described Tinubu's statement as an insult on the entire Traditional

Institution in Yorubaland, added that; “Only someone without history and

integrity will open his mouth to castigate our Obas, who are the custodians of

Yoruba culture and tradition.”
In a release issued on Saturday, and signed by the Director General, Ayo

Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO), Chief Dipo Anisulowo, the PDP candidate

maintained that “traditional rulers in Ekiti State are not useless, and we take serious

exception to any individual or group rubbishing our revered Obas.”

He commended the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade for rising in defence of

Yoruba Obas against Tinubu's insults, urging other notable traditional rulers to

also “rise up and defend the Yorubas traditional institution, which is being

ridiculed by Tinubu and his APC.”
While eulogising the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, during his

80th birthday, Tinubu had said the Awujale was not part of the useless Obas in

Yorubaland, who are sell-outs, we know them, and it is not yet time to

mention names, adding that “The good Obas' in Yorubaland, who are forthright, firm

and stand by the truth are not up to five, they are just three. Oba Awujale, Oba

Akiolu and another.”
However the PDP governorship candidate, in his reaction said the

implication of Tinubu's statement was that “It is either all Obas inEkiti State are not

forthright, firm and honest or there is just one of them that is

forthright, since he (Tinubu) had already mentioned two Obas among the three that he

believed are forthright in Yorubaland. Fayose also saw Tinubu's comment as a calculated attempt to cause disunity

among our revered royal fathers by playing certain obas against others.

The PDP candidate said all true sons and daughters of Oduduwa must rise

against any attempt by the politicians to  sow discord among the traditional rulers

through careless and unguided talks.
“We are also not unmindful of the refusal of the APC government in Ekiti

State to pay palace staff and denial to our Obas the five percent share in the

Excess Crude Oil Proceeds.
“Tinubu's statement is therefore a continuation of the APC's contempt for our

traditional institution, and we condemn this insult on our revered

traditional rulers in Ekiti State in its entirety.

“We also demand an apology from Tinubu and his party, APC.”