Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and former Osun state Governor, Chief Bisi Akande has accused President Goodluck Jonathan as an ingrate to the Yoruba race accusing him of marginalising the yorubas “in all constitutional appointments”.
He said this at a Lecture organised in the memory of a former Premier of the old western region ,Chief Dauda Adegbenro in Abeokuta.
Akande in his keynote address titled, “Adegbenro Fought Against Regimes of Impunity”, said Nigeria with Jonathan in power, was back under regimes of impunity where the president imposes leaders on states as he wishes.
“We are back in similar era of using the regime of impunity in Jonathan’s federal government to impose unwanted individuals as leaders in each of the states of Yoruba land”.
He said that the President had been marginalising the Yorubas since he came into government in 2011.
“Apart from marginalising the Yoruba in all constitutional appointments of his government, Jonathan’s trait has always been to persecute the Yoruba leaders who he perceived to have contrary views to his own.”
“Jonathan’s first and most significant acts of ingratitude to the Yoruba was when he maliciously arrested and prosecuted unjustifiably Dimeji Bankole and Senator Bola Tinubu.
“His other acts of ingratitude include divisive propaganda to cause disaffection among various ethnic nationalities and religious divides with a view to undermining the security of Nigeria, so that the Nigeria people shall begin to panic and live in fear.
“No government has ever disrespected the Yoruba like the Jonathan administration. But it is yet morning because a few of us with our followers are resolved to continue the struggle for a just and democratic Nigeria. More importantly, though for a Yoruba nation that can stand up against discrimination, nepotism and power tyranny.
“His other acts of ingratitude include divisive propaganda to cause disaffection among various ethnic nationalities and religious divides with a view to undermine the security of Nigeria,” Akande said.
on the merger of the ACN with other parties especially the CPC,he said the merger with these parties does not mean that they have abandoned the south west
“No one can accuse the A C N leaders of cringing or for undue clinging to the northern leaders for selfish material gains by securing the merger of oppositions in Nigeria because federal power were not in the hands of the northern leaders of ANPP and CPC when the merger op opposition parties was enacted”