A former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Navy Captain Tunji Shelle (rtd) has advised Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to return to his hometown in Iragbiji in Osun state and take a deserved rest.
Speaking in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Shelle, who led the PDP to its best outing in Lagos in the 2015 general elections where the party won eight House of Assembly seats said it is wrong for anyone to describe Tinubu as a Lagosian.
When asked if he will be happy to see Tinubu, a fellow Lagosian become Nigeria’s president in 2023, Shelle said “First of all, describing Tinubu as a Lagosian is very wrong. Tinubu is not a Lagosian. You can quote me any day”.
“He was not born in Lagos, he didn’t grow up in Lagos. It was the NADECO and Afenifere people that smuggled him in to become the governor of Lagos”.
“I know his relations very well in Iragbiji, Osun state. Given his age, he should go back to Iragbiji and take his rest. That is what he deserves now. He should be resting in his hometown”.
“Secondly, as for becoming president, I choose the kind of people who can lead me. I can never support him. I have my own party, PDP. What will make me vote for somebody from another party, especially somebody I don’t believe in? He has done his tenure as Lagos state governor. Whether good or bad, posterity will judge him”.
“After leaving office over 15 years ago, he is still the one collecting revenues in Lagos through his company Alpha Beta. You can quote me on this. That is morally wrong and unjustifiable. I distanced myself from such people”.
“That is the reason why I didn’t join the Alliance for Democracy (AD) when I retired from the Navy. There are certain people I cannot work with, especially people I cannot defend their source of wealth”.
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