Daily Champion (Lagos)

9 December 2009

Nigeria: Fashola, Tinubu Split Over 2011

Mansur Oladunjoye — The move by the leadership of Action Congress (AC) to reconcile Gov. Babatunde Fashola and his estranged godfather and predecessor in office, Sen. Bola Tinubu, hit the rocks last night.

Tinubu was all anger, when he walked out from the parley held at Lagos House, Marina, but Gov. Fashola denied any rift between when asked to comment on the parley.

Daily Champion learnt that Tinubu was not favourably disposed to the governor's re-election in 2011 poll because of alleged "growing wings."

He was said to be rooting for the candidacy of the incumbent Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire, in 2011.

Tinubu's preference, it was gathered, has polarized AC in Lagos State, especially the State House of Assembly.

Gov. Fashola said, however, he would remain grateful to Tinubu for political patronage.

Tinubu and his loyalists and aides stormed out of the peace meeting convened by the party leadership, according to eye-witness reports.

Unlike him, Tinubu last night ignored greetings and praises from his loyalists and street urchins (area boys) and security personnel attached to Gov. Fashola.

In an interview later, he debunked the existence of any strain whatsoever in the relations between him and the ex-governor.

His words: "There is something that must be respected and not to be subjected to public debate. Our relationship is extremely important to me, I will do everything possible to keep it intact.

"Some people and newspapers are dreaming it; they may not wake up from it," he said. "There is no reason for us to fight."

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