Fasoranti, Adebanjo, Falae’re political beggars, by Akande
VANGUARD online Edition, Wednesday, August 8, 2012
By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO-National Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Chief Bisi Akande, has described leaders of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Olu Falae, as political beggars, who fed on the crumps from the tables of any politician in power.
Chief Akande, who spoke on an interactive programme monitored on the television service of Osun State Broadcasting Corporation,OSBC, Osogbo, declared the trio as liabilities to any political party.
Akande, who was reacting to the endorsement of Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, for his second term in office by the Afenifere leaders, stated that their action never came to him as a surprise.
He said: “The three of them are glorious political beggars who have lost relevance in the nation’s politics. They are always at the government houses for any person in power to beg for crump.[crumbs]
“The so-called leaders are only looking for what they will eat. Of what relevance are they? They cannot point to any individual as their followers even in their home-state.”Falae, for instance, has always brought bad luck to any political party he belongs to. He brought bad luck to Alliance for Democracy, AD, in 1999 when he was endorsed as the party’s presidential candidate.
“Fasoranti was the man who single-handedly ruined Afenifere. It was in his room that he destroyed the group, while Ayo Adebanjo has never contested any election in his life. He only prides himself as a Yoruba leader without any follower. How do you rate the acceptability of a politician who has never contested any election in his life?”
The ACN leader, who was Osun State governor between 1999 and 2003, alleged that “when former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was in power, the three of them were always at Lagos State Government House, when Gbenga Daniel was in Ogun State, the same set of people were always there, so they must have been going to Akure to pick crump from Mimiko’s table.”
The following from one of my regular readers and contributors drew my attention to above article. Thanks, as always Mr. Bakare. I think we must all condemn this slash-and-cut approach to politicking that seems to have now gripped the West. Below are links to two essays on the same topic.
It is very sad that things have now arrived at this situation. I’ve spent most of the past year at Akure and what I see – and I’ve commented on these – are very different from what I hear whenever I’m at Ibadan and what I read in the papers. Just yesterday, an Ondo State indigene who lives at Ibadan stopped by (at Akure) and told my spouse and me how he had been pleasantly surprised at the state of things at Akure and wondered how the ACN candidate (who belongs to the same congregation with him – and us would not lose in a landslide. I suggested to him he should ask around and he said he already did in his hometown where the ACN candidate does not seem to stand any chance.
This kind of bitter politics does not augur well for Yorubas, and I just hope that Chief Akande realizes that he and others who may think the same way are throwing out the proverbial baby with the bath water; it’s never too late to change, though. TOLA ADENLE.
Can these statements credited to Chief Bisi Akande be true? Can Yoruba nation ever be united when these types of statements are coming out of people we look upon as leaders? Should our leaders be using foul languages like these to describe themselves? Though, I do not read much, I never came across speeches like these from Papa Obafemi Awolowo or Papa Ajasin to their political opponents in Yoruba land. These leaders are truly not real Awoist … I can now see why Chief Ebeneser Babatope was probably forced from the progressive camp to PDP. I think Yorubas say ”Ile l’a ti nko eso r’ode [charity begins at home] …
I wish, though I am sure that ACN will lose the election in Ondo State any time anywhere. We should see the hand writing now on the wall, they will say election is rigged for Mimiko whereas people will vote with sincerity for performance. They should wait till 2016 and by that time they must have lost out some States.
How can we foster common political forum for the region?