Right Activist, Senator Shehu Sani has warned the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to be wary in his dealings with northerners particularly their elites, describing most of them as hypocrites that would derail his presidential ambition.
Sani claimed that majority of the common people in the North do not support the touted presidential ambition of Tinubu contrary to the impression some of the northern politicians are giving him.
He advised Tinubu to get someone he trusts to always translate what they say in Hausa whenever he visits the North. He asked Tinubu to learn from the ordeals of late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola who, despite his support and achievement in the North, ended up being sabotaged by northerners.
He asked Asiwaju to go back to the drawing board and see how he could gain support of the people of the North. According to him, “Well, the person of Asiwaju is the one I know in the field of struggle. He was one of those in the struggle for the restoration of democracy and also a leading figure in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) while I was part of the fight for democracy. We worked together for MKO’s project and for the resistance against the annulment.
“I know him personally. But what I tweeted is more of a Biblical/Shakespearian allegory or whatever one can use in sending message to someone and what I am trying to say is that as he is allegedly moving towards contesting for the presidency, he should try to know the actual feeling on ground as far as North is concerned because I know what Abiola went through.
“Abiola served the North more than any other businessman from the western part of Nigeria. He printed the Quran and shared it to many Muslims. He donated houses and empowered people; he supported academics and religious clerics. Abiola was one of those passionate about the unity of Nigeria because of the solidarity between the South-West and the northern part of Nigeria. But how did he end up? They (northerners) conspired against him and sabotaged him and at the end of the day, he had gone.”
The former Senator promised to support Tinubu’s presidential bid only if his party, the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) adopts him.