Mixed reactions trail Ojudu’s piece on Igboho, Tinubu



Mixed reactions trail Ojudu’s piece on Igboho, Tinubu



By John Eche



An OPED piece authored by presidential adviser, Babafemi Ojudu, and which chronicles the relationship between Lagos APC leader, Bola Tinubu and the Oyo State militia leader, Sunday Igboho is attracting mixed reactions from readers and commentators.


The piece which has since gone viral is being shared widely on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.


In the piece, Ojudu links Tinubu and Igboho as having met on the political field in the course of prosecuting the governorship bid of Ekiti State Governor, John Kayode Fayemi.


According to him, Igboho had actually been procured by a rival party to disrupt the polls process but through deft dialogue and negotiations, Tinubu was able to get him to back down from that plot.


While some respondents see the piece as putting in context the reality that Nigerian elections have largely been dominated by the strong hand muscling tactics of mobsters, others are wondering why the piece is being published at this point in time when Igboho, on account of his rising in defence of the security interests of the Oke-Ogun area, has clearly become the darling of many who had been at a state of loss over why bandits, kidnappers and marauders had continued to run riot over large swathes of the country, almost without effective challenge.


Noted one commentator: ‘while I would not really align myself with Igboho’s persona and antics, I think it is rather self-serving and dubious that Ojudu is penning this piece at this time. What does he really want to gain from it? Who would benefit? Is he not aware of how people have been living and how the bad guys have been getting away with murder everywhere? Let them have a challenge for once!’


The Inspector General of Police had last week ordered the Oyo State Police Commissioner to arrest and bring in Igboho for questioning at Abuja. As at the time of going to press, that order had not been complied with even as sources say that there may have been a further verbal instruction to the CP to stand down on the order at the moment given the overriding public support for Igboho in Oyo State and the larger parts of the South West, the Southern parts of Nigeria and the Middle Belt.



Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC leader



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