According to Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, cannot be compared to Bola Tinubu, the APC’s nominee for president (APC).
According to him, equating the two guys is akin to equating Don Perignon with ogogoro or Cristal champagne with what Niger Delta residents refer to as “sepe.”
This was said by Fani-Kayode in a piece titled “The Obidients, the Jagaban, and the Icarus Syndrome,” according to Anaedoonline.ng.
He asserts that it is absurd to compare the APC’s presidential candidate to the Labour Party.
Fani-Kayode asserted that Peter Obi was still a vendor in 1999, when Tinubu had already paid his dues and was vying for the governorship of Lagos State, peddling tomato ketchup and Bournvita.
He said: “What I find the most irritating and objectionable about the Obidients is not their unadulterated aggression and abusive tendencies but rather their insistence on comparing their leader Peter Obi to Tinubu.
“I consider this to be deeply insulting. It is like comparing Don Perignon to ogogoro. It is like comparing Cristal champagne to what the people of the Niger Delta call ‘sepe’.
“It is like comparing the finest red wine from the vineyards of Bordeaux to what the Ghanaians call ‘akpeteshie’. It is like comparing chalk and cheese. It is like comparing a Rolls Royce to a Volkswagon Beetle, a Porsche Carrera to a three-wheeled scooter, a Ferrari to a broken down mini or a Gulf Stream jet to an Aba-made helicopter.
“When Obi was still in kindergarten Bola Ahmed Tinubu was already a very wealthy and successful business man who had worked and invested massively in the oil, gas, hi-tech and communications sector. At that time he was already a dollar millionaire and he invested much of his wealth into politics and the lives of others that were less fortunate than he was.
“When Obi was still in secondary school Bola Ahmed Tinubu was already an integral part of the massive political network and a key figure in the late Major General Shehu Musa Yar’adua’s formidable political family which was known as the People’s Front (PF) together with other notable and seasoned leaders like Babagana Kingibe and Atiku Abubakar.
“They were of course to later join the SDP as a group and they, more than any other, ensured the emergence of Chief MKO Abiola as the presidential flagbearer of that party at their Jos Convention in 1993.
“When Obi was still at University Bola Ahmed Tinubu was in the trenches, fighting military Governments, leading NADECO and risking his life and liberty for the restoration of MKO Abiola’s June 12th mandate, which had been annuled by the military, and for democracy.”
He claimed that many of the current Obidients—the term used to refer to Peter Obi’s supporters—were not even alive when Tinubu helped bring democracy to Nigeria.
Those who were present and involved at the time, according to the former minister, can attest to Tinubu’s efforts.
He claimed that Bola Tinubu’s boldness and work had inspired him, as well as millions of other Nigerians and Democrats worldwide.
Fani-Kayode said, “Many of our people were killed, incarcerated and driven into exile (including yours truly) and had it not been for the leadership of the following heroes we would still be under the yoke of military rule today.
“I will make this a full and comprehensive list for the benefit of those young Obidients who have no knowledge of our nation’s history and who know nothing about the June 12th struggle.”
Fani-Kayode said Bola Ahmed Tinubu was not just among them, but he was one of those that led them, inspired them and fueled and financed the resistance.
He said, “Outside of that and before the struggle even began, Tinubu had been elected as a Senator during the 3rd Republic in 1992 on the platform of the SDP, recording the highest number of votes for a Senate seat in the entire country! Whilst at the Senate he excelled and was appointed Chairman of the Senate Commitee on Banking and Finance.
“This was just short of a decade before he became Governor of Lagos state in 1999 after the murder of MKO Abiola and the then Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, after returning home from exile and after the military were driven away and pushed out of office.
“From 1990 up until today Tinubu has been an active and key player in the political firmament of Nigeria and he has always fought against injustice and tyranny.
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