The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has accused the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu of hypocrisy on matters concerning the unity of Nigeria.
The CNG was reacting to an article published by Tinubu on Monday, August 11 with the title “Let’s work for growth, not separation”.
The group said the actions of the former Lagos state governor differed from his utterances.
It further accused Tinubu of serially working against the appointment of Igbo politicians into strategic positions despite backing from the north.
A statement by CNG spokesman, Abdulazeez Suleiman, said: “The comments by Tinubu only succeeded in further exposing his hypocrisy and obsession with double standards with regard to his role in causing the present high political polarization in Nigeria and the deterioration of trust in the current administration.”
It added: “While we do not envy the Asiwaju his privilege to believe he can push his ambition for the presidency at all cost, we nevertheless find it ridiculous that he still thinks he can get away with this latest rap on national growth after having stood against it for quite long.
“Tinubu’s concern for national growth was certainly missing at the inception of this administration when he vehemently stood against the formation of an inclusive government against the advice of the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum for Buhari to appoint an Igbo as Secretary to the federal government.”
The group also accused Tinubu of blocking ex-Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s re-election despite pleas from the presidency.
It also demanded that Tinubu should “explain his democratic claims and desire for growth in relation to his unilateral insistence on denying a sitting Governor Ambode of Lagos state the right to seek reelection in 2019.
“This he did despite personal efforts by President Buhari to show him that Ambode was a performing, hardworking governor. The President even sent a committee of seven governors picked across states to persuade Tinubu but he stood his ground merely for his personal interest.”
The group also claimed that he waged war against ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Rivers state governor Rotimi Amaechi for standing against him being fielded as President Muhammadu Buhari’s vice-presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections.
“We finally call Tinubu’s attention to the new reality that though he might have succeeded in fooling some Nigerians sometimes in the past, he should not expect that he can fool anybody anymore,” CNG concluded.