In respect to Ayo Adebanjo’s refusal to recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the presidential election, the Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, has stated that no one can arrest the Afenifere leader.
He stated that the Afenifere leader is of importance to Nigeria like Edwin Clark and Wole Soyinka because of his contribution to Nigeria.
Sagay while speaking with Daily Independent said “The man is an institution. Just like Edwin Clark and Wole Soyinka. Nobody can touch such people because if you touch them, you are really touching Nigeria’s history and everything the country stands for.”
“So, nobody will touch Adebanjo because he is an institution and he knows that. Nothing can happen to him for expressing his opinion.”
“He is respected by the government even though they know he is a very strong opponent. Nobody will touch him.”
He, however, stated that Adebanjo’s statement was inconsequential as the president was congratulated by the world as the winner of the election.
He stated that Adebanjo has always an advocator of restructuring but derailed when he supported ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
“If you know the history of Adebanjo, he is a very highly principled man. A man who had been with Awolowo from the beginning, he never looked for political office and he is very steadfast. But, you know, no matter how great you are, at times, you can derail.”
“You can miss the road by taking a wrong direction. My honest belief is that I respect Chief Adebanjo greatly and I don’t want to say anything negative about him because he is like a father to me, but let me say this, he took the wrong decision when he joined former President Goodluck Jonathan.”
“For a man of integrity, which he is, he took that wrong turn because he was looking for restructuring. That mistake has totally derailed him in many ways because restructuring will come, but I don’t know why he has decided to mix with the wrong company.”
“Now, as to the issue of recognising the president or not, that is irrelevant. Adebanjo knows it himself.”
“The world recognises President Buhari. Nigerians also recognises him. The votes have been cast, a winner has been declared and he will be sworn-in. That one man does not recognise him makes no difference.”
“But, as I said, he is a man I respect very much. I hardly will say anything against him because if you look at his background, he comes a long way in terms of integrity, principles, and loyalty to the beliefs he has. He is a good man, but he has derailed in politics.”