- * Describes Him As A Habitual Sycophant, Mischief Maker
Renowned Politician and Nigeria's former Presidential hopeful, Chief Chekwas Okoro, has lambasted prominent Yoruba politician, Senator Anthony Adefuye, for what he viewed as his illogical comments recently, claiming that the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is actually of Igbo origin and not Yoruba.
Adefuye, in his controversial comment, was widely seen to have thrown up this line of unpopular argument in an orchestrated bid to violate the quest for Presidency by the Igbo in 2023, in favour of his Yoruba people's aspiration for the same presidential slot. Adefuye was criticised as speaking in favour of the rumoured presidential bid of his Yoruba tribesman and a national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The National Chieftain of the APC, Chekwas Okorie, in his angry reaction, described Adefuye's comments as mischievous, provocative and sycophantic.
Okorie said that "I have known Anthony Adefuye since our days in the United Nigeria Congress Party- UNCP, during the Abacha era. He has always been sycophantic and mischievous. In his unintelligent attempt to rationalise why the Yoruba are justified to clamour for the presidency of Nigeria, not long after President Obasanjo's' 8 years rulership of Nigeria, Senator Adefuye chose to descend into the gutter depth of logic".
Okorie came down hard on the former lawmaker, saying that Adefuye "is so unscrupulous and shameless to deny President Obasanjo his Yoruba identity and citizenship, all in the attempt to humour his paymaster who is chasing the presidency of Nigeria come 2023 as a matter of life and depth.
"Senator Adefuye conveniently forgot that the retired military cabal that mid-wifed the the transition to civilian democracy in 1999, released Gen Obasanjo from prison just to manipulate him into power after short-changing the late Dr Alex Ekwueme, a former Vice President of Nigeria in the 2nd republic, an Igbo man, to assuage the Yoruba, in compensation for denying late Bashorun Moshood Abiola, his victory in the 1993 free and fair presidential election.
"I am as sorry for President Obasanjo as I have pity for Senator Adefuye for casting doubt on the true identity of a former President of Nigeria because of the exigency of the 2023 presidential encounter. This is the kind of dirty politics that the present generation of Nigerians should not be exposed to. Senator Adefuye should be thoroughly ashamed of himself", Okorie stated.
The highly experienced party manager however added that the only honourable path left for Senator Adefuye was for him "to publicly apologise to President Obasanjo who does not deserve this crisis of identity brought upon him by the unconscionable Senator Adefuye", Chekwas Okorie, the Ojeozi Ndigbo (Messenger of the Igbos) said. NNL.