Ibadan – A group, The Democratic Movement (TDM), at the weekend, condemned what it described as an attempt to denigrate late Bola Ige by a chieftain of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo.
TMD, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Remi Adebisi, expressed displeasure over Adebanjo’ s attempt to rubbish the legacy of the slain former attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, in his (Adebanjo)’s recently released autobiography.
The group described the Afenifere chieftain’s book as one that contained many spurious and inaccurate information about the person of Bola Ige.
TDM added that the truth behind what brought about the demise of Alliance For Democracy (AD) and the disintegration of Afenifere was the handiwork of Adebanjo and Ijebu Igbo mafia, who were threatened by Ige’s popularity at the time.
The statement reads in part: “It’s so sad that Chief Ayo Adebanjo who claimed to be Chief Bola Ige’s friend while alive would, after his death, embark on a vicious campaign to deconstruct and distort history.
“Both Afenifere and AD were formed in Chief Bola Ige’s house (based on the direction of Baba Ajasin) and Ige hotel room, respectively. As a matter of fact, Ige was instrumental to Adebanjo’s emergence as a leader in AD. If truly he had that vaunting ambition; he would not have made many of them leaders in a group or a political party he was instrumental to its formation.
“It is on record that Chief Bola Ige was elected deputy leader of Afenifere, and remained so till his assassination on December 23, 2001.
“TDM is of the opinion that no amount of such spurious claims and livid inaccuracies from any certified saboteur of visions and under-achievers who have not succeeded in anything in their lives will change or erase the achievements of Chief Bola Ige.”