Ajimobi’s aide cautions Senator over comment


Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Political Matters, Fatai Ibikunle, has cautioned the Senator representing the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) at the National Assembly, Femi Lanlehin, not to bite the hand that fed him.
He stated this in a release issued on Monday in response to an interview granted by the senator casting aspersion on Governor Ajimobi and his developmental efforts in the state.
“What Lanlehin did in that interview is tantamount to biting the finger that fed him. I could recall vividly that after the gubernatorial primaries of the ACN when he failed to pick the ticket of the party, he immediately moved to the Accord Party of Rashidi Ladoja.
“Indeed, his supporters are still there till today. Senator Ajimobi not only personally went to him to wave the olive branch at him, but also has since extended brotherly affection to the Senator.
Indeed, at a meeting in Ibadan, he openly begged Lanlehin to let them work together for the uplift of the party. It is a pity that Lanlehin is bent on the journey to self-destruct,” Ibikunle said.
Wondering why Lanlehin would denigratie the governor’s achievements in the state on pages of newspapers when he could discuss the issues he raised with the party or even the governor himself, Ibikunle said if the senator wanted to join the Accord Party, he could do that without setting the state of fire.
The Ajimobi aide, who was one of late Lamidi Adesina’s trusted loyalists, said that before his death, the late former governor had expressed concern about the senator’s personalisation of political office, as against Ajimobi’s demonstration of respect for the party and its leadership.
“Immediately he became Senator, all Lanlehin’s aides were personally selected by him without the input of the ACN leadership. Alhaji Lam was not pleased with this tendency towards personalisation and compared this with that of Governor Ajimobi who subjected the choice of his aides to the party leadership’s rigour and approval,” Ibikunle said.
Ibikunle also said that Lam was worried about Lanlehin’s political loyalty, having been a trusted aide of former Governor Bola Tinubu and abandoning the ACN leader for the PDP before making a detour to the ACN.

“But he promised Alhaji Lam that he would not engage in party prostitution again. He was always at the late leader’s house every morning begging to be brought back from his romance with conservatives and siding with Obasanjo to ease the progressives out of power in 2003.
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