Tinubu while replying to allegations against him by Ikimi who recently dumped the APC for the PDP, said based on the antecedents of the foreign affairs minister; it was obvious that he cannot be trusted with such a position.
“It was clear to practically everyone who had the interest of the party at heart that we simply could not have a man of Tom Ikimi’s antecedents as chair of the party. As chairman of the NRC, one of the only two political parties in the country under the military transition programme, Tom Ikimi not only connived with the then military regime to annul the elections, terminate the democratic process and sell off his party.
“If Ikimi were the chair of APC, the party would have to sleep with both eyes open lest its chairman sells off the party before day break. No matter what anyone may say about me it is unlikely that I can be accused of supporting incompetent or morally light-weight individuals for important political positions,” he said.
Tinubu insists that both Chief Bisi Akande and Chief Oyegun who Ikimi said were favoured by Tinubu, are more principled than Ikimi saying “not once in their careers would you hear that they betrayed a cause or were anybody’s stooge.”
The former governor of Lagos State denied meeting with Petroleum minister, Deziani Alison-Madueke over the Oando/ ConocoPhillips transaction on the eve of the APC convention as alleged by Ikimi.
Tinubu said while he has never been involved in any of Oando’s transactions, the issue in question involved the private sale of the assets of ConocoPhillips to Oando hence was not a patronage from the Federal Government.
The former All Nigeria Congress (ACN) leader also denied selling out on Ribadu during the 2011 elections saying there is no way he could have asked hundreds of voters not to vote for the party as alleged by Ikimi that the matter would not have become public.
He said Ikimi was only allowed to be part of the leadership of the APC only because leaders of the party preferred to let go of the past.
“Not surprisingly, Ikimi acting true to type abused that magnanimity. He was never sincerely committed to the party. He was always playing out a PDP script. He only wanted the chairmanship of the party as a bargaining chip for negotiations with his benefactors,” Tinubu added.