Former Governor of Lagos State and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu hails from the South-South region, says a Delta State politician, Ariyi Emami.
G9ija understands that the 45-year-old party chieftain made the assertion while projecting Tinubu as the best person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.
Emami while interacting with newsmen on Tuesday described the combination of Tinubu and former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima as a good product that the ruling party can easily market.
Explaining what he meant by Tinubu being a South-South man, Emami said: “Well, to some of us, he is good to go. When a product is good, you don’t need a lot of advertisement to sell it.
“Asiwaju is a very good product and in Delta state, I don’t see any difference in other parts of Nigeria, if Asiwaju can get it in other parts, he can equally get it in the South-South because he is a very good product to market on his own.
“It is easier for us to sell Asiwaju than some other persons that you will struggle and struggle to sell in the South-south. Asiwaju is a household name in the South-south.
“In my state, he is part of my state. To me, I will tell you that Asiwaju is from Delta state because in Itsekiri, they will tell you that the in-law is the third family member. So, after my father, mother, brother, the other person is in-law. Itsekiri or people from Delta don’t disenfranchise their in-law.
“Asiwaju equally has the same right as I do to partake in anything, to be part of any meeting and have his own fair share in anything.
“I can boldly tell you Asiwaju is from Delta state. Being that he is from Delta, Asiwaju is from South-south.”