A former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, stirred controversies over the weekend when he 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.
The former Lagos state governor spoke while paying homage to the traditional ruler when the APC campaign train visited the Ataoja’s palace to present the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.
Oyetola will on September 22 slug it out with candidates of other parties in what analysts said would be a keenly contested election.
The candidates seek to succeed Rauf Aregbesola, the state governor, whose tenure ends after eight years in office. Tinubu, considered the most influential politician from the south west, has been accused of installing ‘puppets’ across the region for pecuniary gains.
Apparently reacting to the allegations, the politician said such talks are unfounded because some of the states do not even have enough money from which a person of his calibre could ‘steal’.
Expectedly, Tinubu’s comment has generated reaction online and in Osun politics, with opposition politicians lashing out at the APC leader.
On Monday, some residents of the state took to the streets in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, to protest the comment which they said was “insulting and rude.” On Tuesday, the former governor tried to clarified his comment and blamed the opposition for twisting his remark.