Tinubu’s Gov, Ambition In 1998 Was Supported By Odunmakin


Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has narrated how the late human rights activist and columnist Yinka Odumakin affirmed Bola Tinubu’s candidacy for Lagos State governor in 1998.

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Yinka Odumakin (picture credit score punch)

Aregbesola, a former governor of Osun State, revealed this in a tribute on Saturday titled,’ Yinka Odumakin: The departure of a assured humanist’.

According to PUNCH, Odumakin, the spokesman for the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, expired on April 2 within the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Covid Isolation Centre.

Odumakin has been a staunch critic of Tinubu, Aregbesola and a number of other different politicians from the nation. The overdue activist canvassed the ideas of restructuring, fiscal federalism, decentralised policing as alternate options to the nation’s socio-economic challenges.

From the tribute, the minister stated that he was happy to have understood, labored and listened along with Odumakin, whom he instructed doggedly fought for the dignity of the Nigerian women and men.

Aregbesola acknowledged, “Yinka has had to openly criticise me a few times, particularly if I had been governor in Osun, our connection notwithstanding. I took it in good faith because it never changed our relationship. His criticisms were consistent with his writings about which constitute public attention ”

“He had been a stubborn advocate of his convictions never gave up on anything he believed, irrespective of the resistance,” the ministry added.

Aregbesola was Director of this Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation in 1998 when Tinubu carried out for Lagos State Senate on the stage of the Alliance for Democracy.

Aregbesola remembered how he met with the late Odumakin again in 1998 by the groundwork for Nigeria’s return to democracy following the darkish years of army tyranny.

He acknowledged, “How can we meet? Yinka Odumakin and Bunmi Omoshehindemi walked into my office since the CGS of Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation workplace in Sunday Adigun St., Alausa Ikeja. It was in November of 1998.

“Both came to announce support to the candidacy of all Bola Tinubu unequivocally. It was in defiant opposition to people afterwards instead of lodging for democratic construction without a transparent resolution of the June 12 imbroglio. It was a brave step, then believing their position could have been considered anathema from the motion. We’d since then assembled a strong relationship, occasionally relatively smooth and sometimes frosty, but constantly notable until his translation Friday, April 2, 2021.

“I said we had a remarkable relationship because Yinka was constant in a position to fight for democracy, federalism, justice and rule of law. All these to me are the variables behind defining the habit of man. Whoever has this devotion is an ally and a humanist.”

The overdue Afenifere spokesman afterwards entered one other political vessel as he had been identified in the previous couple of years earlier than his passing as a fiery critic of Tinubu, who’s presently a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress.

Last Monday, Tinubu paid a condolence go to to Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of the late activist. Besides, he stated the narrative of Nigeria’s democracy wouldn’t be full with out mentioning Odumakin.

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