A renowned historian, Professor Banji Akintoye, has defeated the former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to emerge the fourth leader of the Yoruba race.
Professor Akintoye was elected on Thursday, August 22, by eminent sons of Yorubaland under the aegis of Assembly of All Yoruba groups Worldwide.
New Telegraph reports that the 85-year old historian defeated Tinubu by polling 73 votes, while the APC chieftain scored three votes.
The event, which was held at the Glory View Hotel, Bodija, Ibadan, was attended by 135-year-old Pa Olamilekan Akekaka, Baale of Ekotedo, Chief Taye Ayorinde; Chief Deji Osibogun; clergymen; members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (New Era); Oodua Redemption Alliance; Majiyagbe Oodua Vanguard; Awari Omo Oduduwa; among others.
Speaking with journalists in Obalende area of Lagos on Sunday, August 11, Tinubu urged citizens to desist from engaging in activities that could disintegrate the country.
Stating that the visions of Nigeria’s founding fathers must be sustained, the APC leader said Nigerians must resolve to abide by the first stanza of the national anthem.
Tinubu said: “If you say things are hard, it has indicated that we must work harder to make the nation better and not to destroy what our founding fathers had done and put together in the spirit of one nation and destiny.
“In essence, we all must not forget the first stanza of the country’s former national anthem which states that though tribes and tongues may differ, in brotherhood we stand. First, we must learn to embrace peace and be tolerant.”