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I Did Not Say ‘I am Richer Than Osun’ – Tinubu Speaks



Tinubu’s Aide Clarifies His Statement At Oba Jimoh Olanipekun’s Palace In Osogbo.

Following the viral statement accredited to the All Progressive Congress National leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that he is richer than Osun state, his aide Tunde Rahman has reacted.

Naija News recalls that in a video of his visit to Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, the APC chieftain was seen saying Oyetola is a reliable person. He may be quiet, but the sense he has… he is an encyclopedia of finance.

He will not take a bribe; he will not steal your money. If he is looking for money, he would have stayed back in Lagos. Osun doesn’t have Oyetola’s kind of money.

I’m not abusing the state. I asked those saying that I’m trying to plant Oyetola in Osun, that how much does Osun have? Osun doesn’t have my kind of money.”

According to Rahman, the APC leader said the speculation was intended to create bad blood among himself, Ataoja and the good people of Osogbo whom Tinubu said he holds in very high esteem.

Rahman who is the Media Adviser to Asiwaju Tinubu said the former Governor of Lagos State never made such remarks. “Thankfully, the attempt to create animosity has fallen flat on the faces of those behind it.

He noted that  “What the APC leader said is that in vying for Osun governorship, the party’s candidate, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, is motivated by service and not by any selfish consideration.

“He (Tinubu) said for Alhaji Oyetola, using the governorship, if elected, as an avenue for primitive wealth accumulation is the least of his considerations for the office. He recalls that Alhaji Oyetola is an insurance guru who has been in the corporate world for over 30 years now. He founded and raised his company to the enviable level that it is today.

For Oyetola, it’s a call to service and nothing more.

“Asiwaju Tinubu couldn’t have said anything to disparage the same people whose votes he is seeking for the APC candidate. Rahman stressed.

“He is far too smart and politically savvy than that. And those spreading this false stuff know this much.

“The APC leader holds the Ataoja of Osogbo with reference, the same way he views and relates to other traditional rulers, and could not have said anything to demean their respectable thrones.

“He will also not do or say anything to lower the esteem of the people of Osogbo.

The report giving the impression that he disparaged them is concocted and should be totally ignored.

“Given his background and record over the years, is Asiwaju the type of person or politician who will disparage anybody or group of people on account of whether they are rich or poor?

“Asiwaju has always stressed the fact that he was born into poverty and had to achieve success in life through much suffering, perseverance and industry.

“This is also as it was with many of our great leaders including heroes like Chief Obafemi Awolowo and MKO Abiola. Like these icons, Asiwaju’s goal in politics is to utilize all he has to help empower people and lift them out of poverty.

“His message at the Ataoja’s palace was that this is also the mission of Oyetola in politics; a man who has achieved financial success in his private life before coming into politics, has a reputation for honesty and integrity and is not running for governor to accumulate wealth,” Tinubu’s aide said.

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