24 July 2017
The National Financial Secretary of the apex Yoruba social-cultural group, Afenifere, Oladipo Olaitan, has said that he feels sorry for National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Olaitan who was a fourth republic lawmaker under the Alliance for Democracy, AD, explained further that the governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola has done great damage to the former Lagos state governor.
The ex-lawmaker said he will be shocked if Aregbesola does not fail woefully in the 2018 governorship election in the state, accusing the governor of not being attentive to the plight of the people.
Olaitan said this while fielding questions from Vanguard. According to him, “I feel sorry for Tinubu, and I am sure he believed in him, and I don’t know what will be going on in the mind of Tinubu now.
“It is unfair, completely unfair, totally unfair. It is not right. I think he is not being fair to Tinubu. He has done great damage to the man.
“He fought hard to get him there and at a point in time, during the struggle, he gave Aregbesola his bullet proof vehicle to use just to protect him. What then can a leader do?
“And now see what he is getting. Remember when they were about to do the last general elections, Tinubu had to physically go there just to rescue him.
“So, would they have expected him to have gone to campaign for him for the Osun West senatorial bye-election?
“Or would you have expected Bisi Akande to go and campaign for him? So they left him to his own and now he can see himself. He cannot win. There is no way he can go about it.”
Talking about the coming election in the state, Olaitan added, “If he doesn’t lose, I will be shocked. No salaries paid, pensioners are not paid, you go and buy a helicopter for Osun State, and nobody sees the helicopter, except occasionally when you want to go from Oshogbo to Ipetu-Ijesha.
“By road, it is less than one hour, and you are taking a helicopter there? So, what do we need a helicopter for?
“What is the size of Osun State in any case? Have you heard about the educational system in Osun State? You have heard about the opon-imo, not one single one available anymore and we spent billions on it. All the students in Osun State must wear the same uniform.
“Teachers are not paid, pensioners are not paid, no roads, nothing! Let him point to one thing! He has been trying to build one bridge at Gbongban. It is unfortunate, very unfortunate, very unfortunate.”