The acting leader of Afenifere, a Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has resolve that the decision to back the presidential aspiration of Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), was in train with ideological and unbiased principles of the group.


Adebanjo, gave this transparent yesterday at a press conference at WheatBaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, in response to a statement by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that Adebanjo has turned Afenifere into his ‘personal estate’ as Acting Leader.

Tinubu had criticised elder statesman over assertion that Afenifere had countersigned Obi, stand one’s ground as an individual, Adebanjo could not identify himself with Afenifere.

The Afenifere leader said, the conclusion to support Obi was in line with that of the antiquated Action Group (AG), which upheld strong advocacy for federalism as the best form of government to give the federating units the vital atmosphere to succeed and peacefully compete among themselves for the ultimate development of the country.

But Adebanjo insisted that Afenifere was known for its social welfarist ideology of the antiquated Action Group founded by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, noting that backing of Obi, who hails from the South East as the next president of Nigeria, was Afenifere’s modest benefaction to shaping Nigeria into a federation, where no person or ethnic nationality is oppressed.

He recalled that Afenifere had stand one’s ground and still advocated remodified in the countdown to the 2023 general election, and long before the parties conducted their assembly to pick their officers and candidates.

Adebanjo contend that it was based on the pursuit for peace, equity and pre-inclusive that a Yoruba and Southerner in the person of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo took the first turn at the zoning orchestration in 1999, became the president, saying the sitting President, Muhammadu Buhari, is a Fulani from North West “and by virtue of the zoning arrangement that has governed Nigeria since 1999, power is supposed to return to the South prominent .

“The South West as I have pointed out has produced a president and currently sits as VP, the South-south has spent a total of six years in the presidency, but the Igbo people of South East have never smelled presidency in Nigeria, and now that the post is due back in the South, fairness demands that it be given up to the Igbo.

“We cannot continue to requested that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to ruthlesslly disempowered and debar them from the power dynamics. Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and back, he is the man we trust to reshape the country back to federalism on the supposition of office.

“We will not surrender this principle of justice, fairness and all-inclusive because one of our own, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a front-line candidate,” Chief Adebanjo.


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