Afenifere, a Pan-Yoruba group led by Sen. Ayo Fasanmi, has called on Yoruba people to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC in the forthcoming elections.
Backstory: The group made the call through a motion moved by Sen. Olabiyi Durojaiye at a Yoruba Summit held on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The motion received support by Prince Tajudeen Olusi (Lagos), Elder Yemi Alade (Ekiti), Prof. Bayonle Ademola (Ondo), Chief Solomon Akindele (Oyo) and M.r Sooko Adewoyin (Osun).
A women’s group led by Mrs. Kemi Nelson also supported the motion, along with youth groups at the event.
Durojaiye stated that the motion was in consideration of the manifesto and achievement recorded by the Buhari-led administration.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was present at the summit, appreciated the group for their support to the administration and the cause of the region.
He urged Yoruba sons and daughters to remain united and sustain the legacies of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, advocating a strong voice at the centre for speedy progress of the region.
“Restructuring is useful and important, but we need to strategise on how to pursue it. We must not allow some politicians to turn or use the agitation for restructuring to achieve selfish ends,” he said.
Sen. Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader, represented by Prince Demola Seriki, expressed support for true federalism, saying he supported all that the group stood for.
Sen. Fasanmi, Afenifere Leader, said that the Buhari administration has performed well in the last three and a half years considering the condition it met the country on assumption of office.
He expressed gladness that APC is ruling the entire South West states, saying such would be a good message to deliver to the late leader of the Yoruba, Obafemi Awolowo.
While delivering a lecture on “Restructuring for harmonious and optimal Socio-economic development: Prospects and Challenges,” Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi, said that Nigeria needed a new type of restructuring that allows for complete disaggregation of the population and demographic statistics, social and economic data.
He commended the Buhari/Osinbajo led administration for expanding the scope of federal/state economic relations from just revenue sharing.
Bottom Line: With the endorsement, the two major socio-cultural groups representing regions where the vice presidents of the two main parties hail from have endorsed the parties fielding their kinsmen. Ohanaeze Ndigbo recently endorsed Atiku Abubakar, and one of the reasons it gave was the presence of Peter Obi on the PDP ticket.