By DAPO FALADE
Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has described as a mere self-serving jamboree the recent visit of some Yoruba leaders to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa.
Former Governors Bisi Akande (Osun) Olusegun Osoba (Ogun), Prince Tajudeen Olusi and Dr Yomi Finnih recently led a delegation from the South-West to the president where some issues affecting the country were discussed.
However, Chief Olabode George, in a statement issued today, described the visit to the federal seat of power as “needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.”
He further said the visit was stripped of any patriotic progression, noting that it was “lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision.
“The very absence of [Senator] Bola Tinubu (former Lagos State governor) from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should not fall for those who would eclipse the main issue wracking Lagos State in a needless, solicitous self-immersed scheming in partisan engagement.
“The very pivot of the Lagosian malady is the reckless, irresponsible misappropriation of the Lagosian commonwealth by Tinubu. This much I have documented in several public interventions.
“This, I may add, contributed to the heightened scale of the disgruntlement and the anger of the youths who made the Lekki Toll Gates the very symbol of their rejection of the politics of subjugation.
“I will advise Baba Akande, who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership, to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Ọrangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria.
“He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers. This is my humble birthday offering.”