By Jude Opara, Abuja
A coalition of northern groups has accused the former Lagos state governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu of continuously working against Nigeria’s unity for his own selfish interests.
The group claimed that Tinubu worked seriously against the Igbos, blocking their appointments in Buhari’s government among other things. He was equally alleged to have insisted in removing the ex-Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode from office despite his well acclaimed excellence service.
In a statement, director of publicity of the group, Abdulazeez Suleiman who was reacting to an article credited to on Monday Tinubu calling for unity instead of disintegration accused him of political double-speak on matters concerning the of Nigeria.
The statement further stated that the actions of the former Lagos state governor differed from his utterances, accusing him of serially working against the appointment of Igbo politicians into strategic positions despite backing from the north.
Suleiman, said: “The comments by Tinubu only succeeded in further exposing his hypocrisy and obsession with double standards with regard to his role in causing the present high political polarization in Nigeria and the deterioration of trust in the current administration.
“While we do not envy the Asiwaju his privilege to believe he can push his ambition for the presidency at all cost, we nevertheless find it ridiculous that he still thinks he can get away with this latest rap on national growth after having stood against it for quite long.
“Tinubu’s concern for national growth was certainly missing at the inception of this administration when he vehemently stood against the formation of an inclusive government against the advice of the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum for Buhari to appoint an Igbo as Secretary to the federal government (SGF).”
The group was equally unhappy with the APC strongman for allegedly blocking the second term ambition of former governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode even against the position of the presidency.
“Tinubu should explain his democratic claims and desire for growth in relation to his unilateral insistence on denying a sitting Governor Ambode of Lagos state the right to seek reelection in 2019, despite the personal efforts by President Buhari.”
The coalition even claimed that the President even set up a committee of seven governors picked across states to persuade Tinubu but he stood his ground against the ambition of Ambode.