The National Leader of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been warned not to use his relationship with Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola to manipulate the selection process of the new Ooni of Ife.
The former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, issued the warning during an interview with The PUNCH.
Following the passage of Oba Okunade Sijuwade, ruling houses in Ife, Osun State, are set to meet as part of the process of picking a new monarch.
George said Tinubu should have learnt from the recent National Assembly crisis that unwarranted interference in the affairs of established institutions could spell doom.
He said, “He will be making attempts to manipulate the process. They will do politics with it but it will blow up. They should allow the kingmakers to do their work. If he manipulates the process, he will create a huge problem in Yoruba land.
“Let him allow the kingmakers do their job. He should not set Yoruba land on fire. Aregbesola should, instead, focus on paying salaries.”
Ife is considered to be a stronghold of the PDP in Osun State.
When asked to comment to the late Ooni’s close rapport to former President Goodluck Jonathan, George said it had nothing to do with the process of the emergence of a king which is a sacred process.
George said the politics of Ife was not like that of Lagos and Tinubu should not set a bad precedence in Yoruba land.
“He (Tinubu) tried it at the National Assembly but came back with a slap. He should, therefore, not go out of his way to bring in an APC-inclined man as the next Ooni. We want an Ooni that will be fair and not connected with all these politicians.
“We need an experienced person. We want the person that the kingmakers will approve of. As the Atona Oodua, I know how these things are done.”