I Am Richer Than Osun State – Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stirred controversies over the weekend when he publicly said Osun State is not as wealthy as he his.
Tinubu, speaking at the palace of Ataoja of Osogbo, Jimoh Olanipekun, at the weekend also said he had no plan to install a puppet in the state to suck its treasury dry as being peddled by his traducers.
He spoke while paying homage to the traditional ruler when the APC campaign train visited the Ataoja’s palace to present Gboyega Oyetola, the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
Oyetola will on September 22, 2019 slug it out with candidates of other parties in what analysts explained that would be a keenly contested election.
APC gubernatorial candidates seek to succeed Rauf Aregbesola, the state governor, whose tenure ends after eight (8) years in office.
The former governor of Lagos State considered the most influential politician from the south-west, has been accused of installing ‘puppets’ across the region for pecuniary benefits.
While reacting to the allegations, Tinubu said such talks are unfounded because some of the states do not even have sufficient money from which a person of his calibre could ‘steal’.
Talking to the Osogbo monarch, he explained, “We would have asked Rauf to continue because he is doing well. But we chose to look at another of your illustrious sons, Gboyega Oyetola and handed him over to you. He is trustworthy. He may be quiet and gentle but the wisdom he displays; he is an encyclopedia of finance.
“He will not collect bribe nor steal your money. If he is after money, let him stay in Lagos. For, you don’t have the magnitude of wealth that can tempt him in Osun.
“I am not being abusive and I will not look into the eyes of Kabiyesi (the King) to say this. People may be saying that Jagaban, Asiwaju has appointed someone to help him plunder Osun’s funds and all, and I ask them: ‘How much exactly do you (Osun State) even have?’
“Kabiyesi I don’t want to say this in front of you but, Osun is not as rich as I am, that one would steal. I only want to help this state.”
Tinubu said his support for Mr Oyetola was necessitated by his desire to facilitate the development of the state through employment generation, infrastructural development, the establishment of industries and real economic growth.
He said, “But to engender good things in this state, to help you people, to employ your children, to help create jobs. Those are the opportunities that foster growth and development. When we see a brilliant son of the soil, then we encourage him to go back home and facilitate development, to help his people.
“Everybody’s prayer is that a son should take back home the bounties of living abroad. That’s the position in which God has installed you. May your children bring home bounties from their sojourn abroad. That’s the position we have placed Oyetola: the one who brings favours from abroad.
“We trained Rauf (Aregbesola) in Lagos, he didn’t disappoint us. He didn’t disappoint you too nor did he soil your name. Oyetola that we have brought before you is also your son, we raised him for you.”
Tinubu’s comment has generated reactions online and in Osun State politics, with opposition politicians lashing out at the former governor of Lagos State.
Last Monday, some residents of the state took to the streets in the state capital, Osogbo to protest the comment which they said was “insulting and rude.”
The following day, Tuesday, Tinubu tried to explain his comment and blamed the opposition parties for twisting his comment.