The national leader of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged the people of Osun State to disregard the report making the round that he insulted them by saying “Osun doesn’t have my kind of money.”
Tinubu alleged that the opposition parties have gone to town to “twist” his remarks at the Osogbo monarch’s palace.
Recall that Tinubu was reacting to reports that he is trying to impose Oyetola, the APC’s candidate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election on the State so as to use him to syphon money.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Tunde Rahman, he said Tinubu will not do or say anything to lower the esteem of the people of Osogbo.
He further said the report giving the impression that he disparaged them is concocted and should be totally ignored.
Meanwhile, indigenes of Osogbo took to the streets to protest, chanting “Osun is not like Ekiti, where APC recently won the governorship poll.”
Rahman said; “This was intended to create bad blood among Asiwaju Tinubu, the highly respected Ataoja and the good people of Osogbo whom the APC leader holds in very high esteem.
“For the avoidance of doubts, however, Asiwaju Tinubu did not disparage the people of Osogbo in his remarks at the palace.
“What the APC leader said is that in vying for Osun governorship, the party’s candidate, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, is motivated by service and not by any selfish consideration.
“For Alhaji Oyetola to use the governorship, if elected, as an avenue for primitive wealth accumulation is the least of his considerations for the office.
He recalls that Alhaji Oyetola is an insurance guru who has been in the corporate world for over 30 years now. He founded and raised his company to the enviable level that it is today.”
“Mr. Tinubu highly regards the Ataoja of Osogbo, the same way he views and relates to other traditional rulers, and could not have said anything to demean their respectable thrones.
“He will also not do or say anything to lower the esteem of the people of Osogbo. The report giving the impression that he disparaged them is concocted and should be totally ignored.”
The governorship election for the state has been scheduled for September 22 with Mr Oyetola among the 48 candidates for the election.