Yoruba-Igbo Alliance Should Be Based On Equity, Justice And Fairness -Tanko

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Press Release
10th November, 2022.

Yoruba-Igbo alliance should be based on equity, justice and fairness-Tanko

The spokesman of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Tanko Yunusa has dismissed Senator Chimaroke Nnamani’s admonition to Ndigbo to reflect on the reality of an Ahmed Bola Tinubu Presidency, saying it was not grounded on equity, natural justice, fairness and unity of Nigeria.

Tanko said millions of youths and elder statesmen such as Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo who are supporting the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, were not doing so, based on his character alone, but in the collective interest of the country, fairness, equity, justice and inclusion.

He described the statement by Nnamani that Obi will lose the presidential election as borne out of either “bad judgment” or “wishful thinking” or both.

He said, “Distinguished Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, should first reflect on the reality of millions of Yorubas, who are supporting Obi based on the collective interest of our dear country, equity, justice and inclusion. One doesn’t think that millions of Yorubas who both openly and silently are supporting Obi are wrong?”

“In the last count, prominent among whom are elder statesman, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo revered international statesman and former president of Nigeria. They all cannot be wrong.”

Speaking further Tanko said Chimaroke should reflect on Pa Adebanjo’s uncommon pronouncement that,
‘The South-West, as I have pointed out, has produced a president and currently sits as VP, the South-South has spent a total of six years in the Presidency, but the Igbo people of the South-East have never tasted democratic presidency in Nigeria, and now that the power is due back in the South, equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo’. Not in any way playing an ethnic card but natural justice demand so.

“We cannot continue to demand for ethnic marginalisation and still demanding for everyone to remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalise and excluded them from the power dynamics.”

According to him, most of them from the north and youths nationwide, who are supporting Obi, because of his character, share the same premise of equity, natural justice and sense of belonging with Pa Adebanjo and other patriots across the length and breadth of the country.

Regarding the admonition by the Senator that there should be an Igbo-Yoruba Alliance, he said it was not late for the Igbo to reflect on and carefully x-ray the looming reality of a President Bola Tinubu.

He agreed hundred percent that there should be a Yoruba-Igbo ,Hausa and indeed Nigeria alliance, but it should be based on equity, justice and fairness which Pa Adebanjo and other Yorubas patriots are championing.

Concerning the statement by Nnamani that the two political parties with emotional capture of his people will lose the presidential election; Tanko dismissed the statement as hallucination, saying Obi’s spread and penetration in the north will cofound people like Chimaroke.

“Hoping that Sen Chimaroke is not among those who are still perplexed by Obi’s meteoric acceptability across Nigeria?
Or has Senator asked why prominent Yoruba political allies of Tinubu like Fashola, Mamora and even Fayemi who as ex-governor is today free are neither members of APC presidential candidate’s think tank nor seen around him?”

Dr Yunusa Tanko
Chief Spokesperson

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