Former Lagos governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, now national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Tuesday revealed that he would not have become a governor without the impeccable integrity of a prominent Yoruba and Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
Speaking yesterday in Lagos during the launch of a book entitled: ‘Telling It As It Is’, an autobiography commemorating the 90th birthday of Adebanjo; Tinubu said he attended the event particularly to eulogise the good virtues of the elder statesman
The former Lagos governor stated that but for the elder statesman, he would not have become Lagos State governor “because some forces within his party, Alliance for Democracy, AD, at that time had set out to replace him as the party’s candidate fraudulently”.
According to him: “If not because of his honesty and integrity, I would not have become the governor of the state. Adebanjo said no to electoral rigging.
“As the acting chairman of the AD, he said direct primary is the answer-that every registered member must participate in our primary – and when the result came, some people tried to manipulate it and altered the result. Adebanjo stood his ground and said as the acting national chairman of the party, the result of the fair and free primary must be upheld, and that was in my favour.
“If he were corrupt, they were ready to pay him. If he were a corrupt national leader, he would have taken money, compromised the result and submit another name.