Adebayo Adenrele

The identity of the Presidential standard-bearer of All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been generating controversies recently, as some set of individuals have been attributing his real name to be Amoda Ogunlere.

The spokesman for APC Presidential Campaign, Festus Keyamo, has faulted the allegation, during a conversation on Twitter Spaces Programme organised by the ABAT (Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu) media team, saying that the Constitution allow all Nigerians to vie for any political post irrespective of names.

Keyamo, who is also the Minister of State for Labour and Employment furthered that “The Constitution section 131, Paragraph A says you have to be a Nigerian by birth. That’s the first requirement.”

“So if Tinubu is from Osun State or from Lagos State, thank God they are not saying he is from Cameroon. He is not in the mode of those who claimed to come from one part of the country whereas by the time they were born that part of the country was in Cameroon.”

“So whether Asiwaju is from Osun, Lagos or anywhere, Asiwaju is from Nigeria. So Asiwaju is qualified. It is very disrespectful and unfair to just generate cock and bull story against families. Either the family from Osun State, Amoda Ogunlere or the Tinubu family, you are disrespecting the families. The Amoda family has not come out to say this is my son or my brother and the Tinubu family has also not denied him. So what are they looking for? Is it that the Amoda family or Ogunlere family are not Nigerians or they are of lesser human beings. They need to tell us what they are saying.”