The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has accused national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu of political double-speak on matters concerning the unity of Nigeria.
The CNG berated Tinubu for serially working against the appointment of Igbo politicians into strategic positions despite backing from the north.
According to vanguard reports, the group was reacting to an article by Tinubu on Monday, August 11, 2019 with the title “Let’s work for growth, not separation”,
They maintained that the actions of the former Lagos state governor differed from his utterances.
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.”
The group also accused Tinubu of blocking ex-Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s re-election despite pleas from the presidency. The group 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 Tinubu 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