Former governor of Osun state, Bisi Akande, has claimed that the leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, coerced the former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, to build a house for him in the Lekki area of the state.
The pioneer Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made the assertion in his book titled: My Participations.
Narrating how he got to know, Akande said; “One day, Sir Olaniwun was launching a book at Muson Centre, Lagos. After the book presentation, Tinubu said I should not go and that he would like to see me. We met in a small room where he also invited Sir Olaniwun Ajayi. ‘Papa, you can see that this document is old, Tinubu said as he handed over a big envelope to Ajayi. This is your C of O (Certificate of Occupancy)!’
“Tinubu told me later that after he presented Adebanjo’s C of O to him, Adebanjo was always pestering Tinubu until he helped built a house on the plot.
“The street was also named in honour of Adebanjo and he is living in that house now at Lekki Phase One”.
On page 476, Akande wrote, “APC did not have ‘Restructuring’ in its manifesto for the 2015 elections but promised to support devolution of powers from the centre to the states.
“While the President (whether Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan or Buhari) has the whole of Nigeria as his constituency, members of the National Assembly that have the powers to amend the Constitution imposed on Nigeria by the military represent constituencies individually from different ethnic nationalities.
“It is therefore mischievous to place the responsibility for effecting ‘restructuring’ on the APC or its Presidency and not to appreciate that it would require deft negotiations among such members from different ethnic nationalities and constituencies or zonal and religious background before any political party or any ethnic nationality could successfully issue any fiat on the National Assembly to make laws on power devolution or on ‘restructuring’, whatever it might connote.”