According to Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the head of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation Afenifere, the “true Afenifere’ has made its position on endorsing Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party clear and that has not been altered,” NjenjeMediaNews writes.
Watch the Afenifere endorsement of Mr Peter Obi below.
When responding to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, a well-known Yoruba leader, endorsing Bola Tinubu for president, the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Adebanjo called the meeting diversionary.
He claims that Mr Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate, has received the endorsement of the “true Afenifere,” and that has not altered.
Pa Adebanjo said the intent was to create a wedge between him and Pa Fasoranti and he was not bothered about it.
Tinubu had met Pa Fasoranti where he presented his 80-page manifesto to the nonagenarian with other prominent Yoruba leaders in attendance.
The meeting came after Adebanjo endorsed a South-Easterner as the preferred candidate of Afenifere in 2023.
Pa Ayo Adebanjo revealed that Fasoranti called him over the phone yesterday and he warned him.
He said, “The Yoruba People know their leader. I’ve spoken, and the National Secretary has spoken. This is not the time to engage in polemics. The way forward is my position.
“What happened was a diversion. They want us to be engaged in arguments. Is that the issue now?”
He insisted that in the interest of fairness and justice, it is the turn of the South East to produce the next President.
“Can he (Tinubu) deny it that the South-West has not had its turn? Can he deny it that South-South has not had its turn? They should answer that. As far as I am concerned, the meeting does not concern us as Afenifere.
“Afenifere is not divided. That was why I said I don’t want to engage in polemics. They want to throw a wedge between Pa Reuben Fasoranti and me, and I won’t allow it. The man phoned me yesterday and I warned him, don’t get yourself involved,” he said.