Tinubu betrayed Yoruba in 2015 for porridge – Afenifere
Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, says it has not changed its position on the choice of candidate it has decided to support for next year’s presidential election.
This is as the organisation reiterated its support for the Labour Party’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi
In a statement on Monday, the apex-Yoruba group said its decision to throw its weight behind Obi was based on the principles of fairness and equity.
“To start with, we wish to reiterate the principled stance of the Afenifere that the next President of Nigeria should be from the South, and all things equitably considered, from the South East, for which we consider Mr. Peter Obi, by his verifiable records as a two-term Governor of Anambra State, most competent and suitable,” Sola Ebiseni, the Secretary General of the Afenifere said in a statement obtained by Peoples Gazette.
The latest statement of the apex Yoruba socio-political organisation was a reaction to the words credited to Ondo governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, over the endorsement of Mr Obi.
had said the Afenifere was divided with respect to the purported endorsement of Mr Obi, stressing that the group does not speak for the Yoruba people.
The governor stated this during a Twitter space section to discuss the topic: “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Business of Nation Building,” held on Sunday evening.
Akeredolu must have based his conviction on the lone voice of Ayo Adebanjo, one of the foremost leaders of the Afenifere, who had been the only consistent member of the group openly canvassing support for the LP presidential candidate.
But speaking further, Afenifere said its decision to endorse Mr Obi was a well-considered corporate decision debated for over a year of regular monthly meetings, validly conveyed in the best tradition of the organisation.
The group said that it respects governor Akeredolu and his counterparts from the Southern Governors Forum (SGF), which he leads, on their choice that Nigeria’s president must come from the south.
It, however, said that it won’t support Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, whom the group alleged of ‘betraying’ the cause in 2015 for personal benefit.
“While we have our respect for Governor Akeredolu, and his colleagues of the Southern Governors Forum, which he leads, on their stand that it is only equitable that the next President of Nigeria, after the 8 years of Buhari of Northern Nigeria extraction, should come from the South, we will not lend our support to those who betray that cause for the lucre of Vice Presidential porridge or those who see equity only from the parochial prism of their own ethnic benefits.
“We wish to state for the umpteenth time, that Afenifere is not an apolitical Yoruba socio cultural Organisation but, from its inception, a political machinery as the embodiment of the worldview of the Awolowo School of Thought on how Nigeria, a country of ancient and entrenched nationalities, may best be equitably, inclusively and peacefully governed,” the group added in the statement.
The statement further read, “This philosophy, which has inexorably become the Yoruba view, also defines Afenifere’s position, either as the initiator of NADECO, on restructuring and the need not to deny the South East their turn of Nigeria Presidency.
“Those who strive to abridge or diminish the full effect of this covenant, on the altar of partisan or cheap tribal interests, cannot claim to speak for the Yoruba and Afenifere is not in competition with them.
“The Yoruba know the Organisation which speaks for them, taking hard decisions which others may initially despise but come round to embrace in the fullness of time.
“Those who seek equity that the rulership of Nigeria is not the exclusive preserve of the North must also do equity by not seeking to score the same goal for themselves by foul means,” the group added.