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Tee Mac fires damning shot at Tinubu, says he is unqualified to be Nigeria’s president

The legendary flutist Tee Mac who claims to know well the presidential candidate of the ruling APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says Nigerians should not jump into supporting the former governor of Lagos without asking some deep questions.

In a Facebook post, Tee Mac also known as Omatshola Iseli, cautioned voters about, saying, “anybody can choose any candidate, but an intelligent person will ask himself the question: do I choose rightly? Is the man qualified? Is he honest? Does he tell us the truth about his age, background, and how he made his money? Is this man healthy enough at 86 to take up the task of a totally run-down country?”

The artiste who claimed Tinubu is his in-law, explained that it was important for Nigerians to reflect deeply and consider their choice of next president to succeed Muhammadu Buhari.

Tee Mac claimed that the former Lagos State governor was not qualified to be Nigeria’s president, and argued that there was so much about Tinubu that was hidden from the voting public.

According to Tee Mac, he and Tinubu are connected by marriage, noting he stopped dealing with Tinubu due to his role in the emergence of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in 2015.

He added, “you see Tinubu is my in-law. His wife Remi is my cousin. Her Itsekiri mother and my Itsekiri mother are sisters. I have known Tinubu since the mid-80s personally and even arranged for him to stay in my stepfather’s house (Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony) in London when he went into exile.

“I stopped supporting him and stopped family visits etc when he sold that Buhari to the nation in 2015. My advice to the nation is that this man is absolutely not qualified to become our next president.”

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Omatshola combined his first degree in economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, with a specialization in classical music concert performance and philharmonic composition of the University of Lausanneand over a rich career spanning 40 years, he formed numerous bands, including Tee Mac & Afro Collection in the 1970s.

He recorded his first LP, United, with Polydor International in Germany with his European band Tee Mac United, in the late seventies and worked with celebrated Welsh-Nigerian singer Shirley Bassey as her musical arranger and conductor and also worked as a composer for Cidi Croft Enterprise and later for Universal Films in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

In 2007 Omatshola was elected president of the Musician Union of Nigeria PMAN, investing time and energy into helping develop the Nigerian entertainment industry. In 2009 he was appointed the Nigerian director of the Motherland Group, (initiated by Michael Jackson’s brother, Marlon, of The Jackson 5) which is getting support from the Lagos State Government to build a historical slave museum in Badagry.

Omatshola was awarded the Member of the Federal Republic (MFR)[5] national honour by Nigeria’s President Yar’adua in 2009 for his vital role in brokering peace with the Niger Delta militants and fighting for their rehabilitation. In 2011 he received an honorary doctorate degree in Arts from Bradley University in Illinois, where he serves as chairman of the board of trustees, and teaches philharmonic composition as visiting associate professor.

Omatshola is invested in solid minerals (he is the chairman of Allied Minerals Ltd., Cass-Cotan Mining and Processing Ltd.) He is chairman of Tee Mac Petroleum (Nig) Ltd., chairman of Tee Mac Productions (owns a recording studio), chairman of the board of the Tee Mac-HEMLA Foundation (to build music schools for the underprivileged youths of Nigeria), chairman of ACC (Anti Counterfeiting Collaboration, an association of Trade Mark owners), chairman of The Entertainment Foundation of Nigeria, umbrella of all the entertainment associations of Nigeria, music and films; director in Hemla-Ogoni Resources Ltd., director in D&H Energy Nig. Ltd. and the West African representative of Daewoo and Hemla (Norway) gas and oil solutions and executive director and shareholder in James Bay Energy Nig. Ltd.

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