Former deputy Governor of Lagos State, Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele has revealed she never wanted to be a deputy to the then Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu.
Recall that Tinubu and Bucknor-Akerele had a tumultuous relationship when they were Governor and deputy between 1999 and 2003. Few months to the completion of their tenure in 2003, Bucknor-Akerele resigned her position as the deputy Governor of the state.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Alaroye, a dedicated Yoruba news platform on why she accepted to be Tinubu’s deputy, Mrs Bucknor-Akerele said, “what I knew was that, after the NADECO struggle and we formed Alliance for Democracy (AD), and AD won the governorship election, Baba Onasanya called me one day and said Kofo my daughter, we want you to become the deputy to Bola Tinubu. And I told Baba, if it was Wahab Dosunmu that won, I would be his deputy but this Tinubu, we were in the Senate together and the way I see it, he is not somebody I will like to be his deputy.
But Baba Onasanya begged me and said if I don’t become his deputy, Afenifere will have nothing to hold on to inside Tinubu’s government, that I should accept the position to represent Afenifere. That was why I now accepted to be his deputy.”