A former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, says a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will never be like the late Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, no matter how hard he tries.
Tinubu, who is a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, has been credited with playing a leading role in the creation of the largest opposition party in the country since the return to democratic rule in 1999, due to his influence across the South-West and parts of the South-South.
However, George, while addressing journalists during a meeting with beneficiaries of a scheme by the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, said the late sage, during his time, ensured free education across the Western region when he was the premier.
He maintained that Tinubu had failed to impact positively on the lives of people but was only interested in enriching himself.
According to the PDP chieftain, Tinubu started off by wearing Awolowo’s kind of cap and then wearing round glasses like Awolowo to deceive the people but his deeds were nothing compared to the late Premier.
He added, “People like papa Lateef Jakande, General Mobolaji Johnson would be spinning wherever they are. Tinubu said he did a one-million-man march but that it is a joke.
“For 16 years they (APC) took us to a bridge that led us nowhere and now we are looking for the road to freedom because they have taken us to a point that future generations will not forgive them for.
“Papa Awolowo did so much for the Western region and the nation’s education and that is why every March 6, we remember him. The hood does not make a monk. He (Tinubu) started wearing round glasses, wearing papa’s caps and raising two fingers but he has forgotten the two fingers now”.
George said it was hypocritical of Tinubu to sue the African Independent Television over a documentary the station aired against him.
He, however, urged the judiciary to be fair in handling the case as he had once been a victim of a wrong conviction.
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