- As the presidential election of February 16, approaches, controversies and crises are being heated up among socio-political groups
- One of such groups, Afenifere, seems divided over the recent endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by one of its factions
- Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman of the Afenifere group, famous for his outspokenness, on Thursday, January 30, slammed those who endorsed the president
Reacting to the recent endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Afenifere faction led by Ayo Fasanmi, the sect of the Yoruba socio-political group led by Reuben Fasoranti has denounced the move.
Supporting the Fasoranti-led faction, the spokesman of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, on Thursday, January 31, claimed that the pro-Fasanmi sect is only endorsing the president because it is in good terms with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, who according to him, is notorious for working against the group, Premium Times reports.
Concerning the endorsement of President Buhari by the Fasanmi-led faction, Odumakin said: “They are just comedians. The only shame is that the vice president has degenerated to the point of going to sit among such people and fêting them in the name of Afenifere.
“All those that attended the event, none of them is of Afenifere, and that shows that the integrity of the vice president cannot be trusted.
“Osinbajo is Awolowo’s son-in-law. In the last 30 years, nobody saw him at remembrance once, and now he is sitting and parading himself as Afenifere. For 30 years we have been celebrating Awolowo’s remembrance, he was never there once.
“It is a shame. They are comedians, they are jokers; they are free to call themselves Miyetti Allah if they like. If they have pedigree, or names to rely on, why can’t they answer their names? They can call themselves Miyetti Allah South West.”
Odumakin claimed that only Fasanmi has links with the socio-political group over a period of 10 years. This is added to the fact that the faction had referred to the Fasoranti-led sect as usurpers who do not represent the aspirations of the Yoruba people.
The spokesman of the Fasanmi-led faction, Biodun Akin-Fasae, said: “Yoruba is not divided, there are not so many Afeniferes. Yoruba is a nation and even during the time of Baba Awolowo, there were dissent voices, so we are not embarrassed.
“Our group is led by the longest living senator in Nigeria, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, and you can see everybody there including Sen. Biyi Durojaiye, Dr Omololu Olunloyo, Baba Olusi and many others in Yorubaland who are not renegades with us.
“There was no time Afenifere has not been a socio-political organisation. It is a socio-cultural and political organisation and that is just the full name of Afenifere.
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“Those who claim to be in the other group of Afenifere, none of them has ever contested an election. The fact is there for all to see. So, they don’t have any mandate.
“It is our Afenifere that we are talking here that has the mandate of the Yoruba people and you will see them here on the day.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) had reportedly supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The ACF stated this in a communiqué after its meeting presided over by its chairman, Alhaji Adamu Fika in Kaduna.
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