Barely two months after the 2019 presidential elections, the Ekiti state chapter of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), has expressed confidence in the chances of the South-West with respect to the 2023 presidency, stating that the next president would come from Yorubaland.
Backstory: Bunmi Awotiku, the State Coordinator of the group, said on Sunday that the South-West played a pivotal role in the two election victories for President Muhammadu Buhari. He said Afenifere would play a significant role in helping the Yoruba people transition from kingmakers, in 2023.
- “We would come to the round table and I can assure you that Yoruba would forge a common front this time around. We have learned our lessons as a people and we won’t allow internal fight or acrimony to deprive us this great opportunity like the presidency.”
Shifting Allegiances: It is somewhat difficult, to keep up with the Afenifere group. In 2015 they pledged allegiance to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. However, it was a rollercoaster in 2019, from backing the Buhari/Osinbanjo ticket to denouncing Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo.
Bottom Line: This new declaration might be motivated by the promises of a 2023 presidency for the region, made by Osinbanjo, and Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, during the heat of the campaign. But, they should do well to note that the same promise was made by Minister of Labor, Chris Ngige, to his own people in the East.