PRINCE Sultan Adegbayibi Adeniji-Adele, the son of Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele has dissociated himself from his father’s diatribe on Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Prince Sultan Adeniji-Adele who is a member of Lagos State 7th Assembly representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 1, in a paid advert in The Punch Newspaper of Sunday, January 25, 2015, completely dissociated himself from his father’s verbal attack on the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
His words, “…Consequently, I, Prince Sultan Adegbayibi Adeniji-Adele, member, Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 1, wish to state that:
(i) The issues raised in the paid advertorial under reference by my father, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele are personal to him. They are his personal opinions and they in no way represent my views. My opinions strongly differ from those expressed by him.”
He went further not only to pledge his loyalty and support to the party All Progressives Congress (APC), but also to the success of the party at the February 14 and 28, 2015 elections.
He also pledged his support and loyalty to the leadership of the party (APC), at all levels.
Although he accepted that his father will forever remain his father, his membership of the APC remains a personal choice.
Prince Sultan Adeniji-Adele, who is gunning for second term in the House of Assembly also praised Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to high heavens for his contributions to the socio-political development of Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general.
In the conclusion of his write up, he enjoined “all APC members and all well-meaning Nigerians in the state to remain focused, eschew distractions and join hands at this critical moment to give a future to this country by massively voting for all APC candidates in the forthcoming elections.”
Prince Sultan Adeniji-Adele’s father, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele had in a paid advert in The Punch, Sun and Tribune newspapers of Thursday, January 22, 2015, called for people to join him and others in freeing Lagos from the hands of a grandmaster whose name he did not mention but which from all indications points to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, in the paid advert entitled, “Come Join the Train…to free Lagos” said the leader had turned Lagos State to his personal company.
Here are some of the things Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele wrote in the said advert: “…Never in history of our great state has one man pocketed and cornered the entire resources of Lagos State until the advent of a particular leader (dealer).
“As a style, every four years, he seeks out novices, political neophytes and cronies; and propels them into the fray of key political contests; backing them with his entire financial armoury.
“Today, genuine elders, leaders, sons and daughters of Lagos are standing in unison, to say no to this self-centred leader whose knack for cornering all available resources of the state is limitless.
“FREE LAGOS.NG is multi-party, non-partisan but Lagos centred association of men and women across all demographics, irrespective of tribe, tongue and religion. Our objective is to ensure that this uncaring, wicked and selfish hold on our great state is broken.
“This man sees Lagos as his personal company and has perfected moves for a similar hold on the very jugular of the entire Federal Republic of Nigeria. He must be stopped.”
ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that though Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele was the only one who signed the advertorial, he is said to be supported by some of his colleagues in the cabinet of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola’s (SAN) first term.
One of them was sacked from the cabinet before the end of that cabinet in 2011. He attempted to come back into the political terrain recently when he took part in the primary election for a senate seat but was thoroughly defeated.
Prince Sultan Adeniji-Adele is not the only child of Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele who is benefitting from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s influence in Lagos State. His daughter is the wife of Comrade Adewale Ayodele, the chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Council. Prince Ademola and Asiwaju Tinubu have been political allies since SDP, NRC days of the moribund Third Republic.
They were in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the forefront of Hope ’93, the presidential campaign organization of late M.K.O Abiola. When the presidential election was annulled, they were part of the struggle to restore Abiola as the president.
Prince Adele was arrested and detained, Asiwaju Tinubu went on exile to avoid arrest. Prince Adele was later released by Abacha government and joined one of the five parties formed by Abacha government. When Abacha died in 1998 and Tinubu came back from exile, he joined Alliance for Democracy while Prince Adele joined PDP.
In 2007, they were together again in the same party when Prince Adele joined AC and later ACN.
Prince Adele’s support for Governor Fashola against Tinubu in the run-up 2011 elections brought division between the two men again. Since then, there has been no love lost between the two powerful men.