2019: Bode George, Oyinlola in verbal war over comments on Obasanjo-backed movement

“If you are allergic to the singing of birds you won’t build your house near the bush,” he said.

“If Chief George didn’t want me to react to him, he won’t call me and other promoters of the CNM all sorts of names as he did.

“Our ancestors in Yorubaland did not recommend kolanut as appreciation for the kind of negative words Chief George used against me and other leaders of the CNM including Chief Obasanjo.

“Chief George is my egbon by six years. I respect him and said so in my statement on Saturday. I observed he also said he was “very senior” to me in the military. He used the word ‘very.’

“It will interest him to know that I joined the Nigerian Army on September 3, 1969 and was commissioned as an officer on September 11, 1971. I want my egbon to do his calculations and justify the word ‘very’ that he used.

“However, the fact of his seniority to me in age and otherwise, has always informed the respect I have for him. But I also know that his Ile Ife title, Atona Oodua, makes some demands of him which include civility in words and action and loyalty to friends and benefactors.

“That was why I asked him to apologise to Chief Obasanjo and stop attacking anything and anyone that is connected to him.”

Mr Oyinlola also denied the claims by Mr George that it was through his effort that he became governor, arguing that he became governor by the overwhelming support of the people of Osun State.

“The results of that election showed clearly that my support was rooted in the people and not in outsiders who neither voted nor funded my election. I know my leaders whose support was greatly invaluable,” said Mr Oyinlola.

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