- Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Afenifere has spoken on what determines its endorsement of candidates
- The Yoruba group said its position is always informed by what a candidate represents and not party affiliations
- Asked if it will support Jonathan presidency in 2023, Afenifere said it will consider all parameters and take a position when the time comes
Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has said it is never afraid of endorsing a presidential candidate so far the candidate's interests align with its position.
The Punch reports that the group's spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, made this known on Wednesday, December 30, when asked if Afenifere will support former president Goodluck Jonathan in 2023 if he chooses to contest again.
“As I said, when the time comes, we will look at all the parameters and take a position. Afenifere is not afraid to take a position and we will give reasons why we believe the candidate is the best.”
Why we supported PDP in 2015 and 2019 - Afenifere
In the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections, the pan-Yoruba group pitched its tent with the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party, however, lost the two elections.
Explaining the stance of the Yoruba group regarding the two elections, Odumakin said Afenifere decided to support the party because its candidates promised to restructure the country.
We supported President Buhari in 2007 - Afenifere
Odumakin said Afenifere endorses candidates based on what they represent, adding that the group supported President Buhari when he contested for president in 2007 on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) because he supported restructuring then.
Afenifere's support can't be bought, Odumakin declares
Odumakin also declared that politicians cannot buy Afenifere's support.
He also clarified that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, is not the leader of the Yoruba race.
Odumakin said the Yoruba group has not endorsed Tinubu, the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, or any non-Yoruba aspirant for the 2023 presidency.
Tinubu has won numerous battles for Yoruba nation - Pastor Bakare
Meanwhile, in another report, Pastor Tunde Bakare, the general overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, highlighted Tinubu's contribution to the victory of the APC in the 2015 and 2019 elections.
The popular pastor and politician said Tinubu has also fought and won numerous battles for the Yoruba nation.
Bakare said God does not need anyone’s permission to put the APC national leader in his hall of fame.
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