- Seth Banji Akintoye said he was unaware of the election that made him the new Yoruba leader
- The scholar said he only heard about his victory on radio as he was not even at the venue
- Kayode Fayemi also said he was not involved in the election nor interested in 2023 presidency
Emeritus professor of history, Seth Banji Akintoye, has reportedly denied knowledge of his emergence as the new leader of the Yoruba race.
The Guardian reports that the second republic senator said he was not even at the venue of the so-called election.
There were reports that Akintoye defeated the national leader of the All Progressives Congress by 73 votes to three in the election which took place in Ibadan, Oyo state.
The scholar also cleared governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, who has been accused of backing Akintoye in the election.
Groups and individuals that participated in the election “include the Baale of Ekotedo, Chief Taye Ayorinde; Chief Deji Osibogun; members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (New Era); Oodua Redemption Alliance; Majiyagbe Oodua Vanguard, and Awari Omo Oduduwa; among others.”
At the event, the second republic senator “was adopted as the fourth Yoruba leader after the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Pa Adekunle Ajasin and Senator Abraham Adesanya, with no mention of incumbent Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, who is currently considered the Yoruba leader by virtue of his position.”
He said: “I wasn’t at the venue, neither did I get privy knowledge of the election. I heard, and read the news in the media. I also want to clear the air that Governor Fayemi does not know anything about it and he is not sponsoring me.”
“They are in a hurry and I cannot blame them; neither should we disparage their actions. Those alleging that Fayemi is the one behind it are wrong. The Governor is like a son to me, just as we are from the same state, but I can say clearly that he is not sponsoring me or any group to elect a new Yoruba leader.”
Governor Fayemi also spoke through his chief press secretary, Yinka Oyebode, saying he was doing anything to prepare for 2023 presidency.
Oyebode said: “There is iota of truth in the allegation that Governor Fayemi backed Professor Akintoye’s candidacy, and also sponsored the meeting.
“Those saying that are not being fair to the renowned scholar. Prof Akintoye is an eminent personality with very outstanding credentials and contribution to national development. He is eminently qualified for any leadership role and to lead any organisation. The governor doesn’t have to push prof’s credentials before he is recognised; he is eminently qualified for any leadership role.”
“Fayemi has made it clear that he has a job as the Governor of Ekiti State and he is putting his best in terms of focus, attention and energy into the task of rebuilding the state and making life better for the people, as well as, building a truly prosperous state. While doing this, he is also working with the various organs of government at the various levels to ensure that the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari succeeds in taking the country and its people to the next level of development and prosperity.”
A source close to the APC leader said Tinubu distanced himself from the Yoruba leadership tussle.
He said the national leader is not struggling the leadership of Yoruba nation with anybody.
Legit.ng had reported that to emerge the fourth leader of the Yoruba race.
Professor Akintoye was elected on Thursday, August 22, by eminent sons of Yorubaland under the aegis of Assembly of All Yoruba groups Worldwide.
The 85-year old historian defeated Tinubu by polling 73 votes, while the APC chieftain scored three votes.
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