Lagos Iyaloja Succession: Tinubu Blasts PDP, Journalists for Peddling Rumours
The office of the former Lagos state Governor and chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has denied report credited to the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos state that the former governor is moving to install his daughter, , Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, to succeed his mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji who until her death was the market women leader (Iya Loja) in Lagos state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as some social commentators had two days ago criticized Tinubu over allegations that he disclosed during the 8-day Fidau Prayer for his late mother, that his sister, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, would succeed his mother as the president of the Association of Market Women and Men in Lagos state.
According to Bola Tinubu’s office, the news is “simply a rumor and a wicked attempt to desecrate the memory of Tinubu’s mother.” They said that a careful review of the tape for the event would show that Tinubu did not say any such thing at any point during or after the event as is now being “salaciously bandied about in the media.”
The statement further disclosed that Tinubu never said a word during the entire programme.
“It takes very little effort to investigate whether Tinubu made such pubic pronouncement. Special tributes to the late mother of Tinubu were read by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Sunday Dare, while the vote of thanks was delivered by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola.
“One would hope that journalists and bloggers would ask questions and dig a bit deeper before flashing rumours as stories. You cannot put a man in jail simply because you suspect him of something or because you think he will do something in the future.”
Tinubu accused the PDP of being on a pre-emptive strike.
“Their press statement should be seen that of a guilty weakling who is screaming and weeping, scared of vanishing into the nothingness they know they are.”
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