Afenifere Leader Steps Down From Position, Gives Reason for Decision

Afenifere Leader Steps Down From Position, Gives Reason for Decision

- A new change of leadership has occurred at the pan-Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere

- Pa Reuben Fasoranti who once headed the organisation announced his replacement

- Afenifere was formed as a socio-cultural organization for the Yoruba people of Nigeria

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An emerging report indicates that Pa Reuben Fasoranti has stepped down as the national leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere.

The Punch reported that the 95-year-old statesman who became a leader of the group in 2008, cited old age as the major reason for his decision to leave the position.

Afenifere Leader Steps Down From Position, Gives Reason For Decision
Fasoranti has been an advocate for the Yoruba interest Photo: @kfayemi
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The publication stated that the elder statesman on Tuesday, March 16, named the deputy leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, as the acting national leader.

The Nation reported that the former financial secretary, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago, Atakumosa East council area, Ilesa, Osun state was named the group's deputy leader.

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He announced his stepping down at the group’s monthly meeting in Akure, the Ondo state capital.

In another report, the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, said it is never afraid of endorsing a presidential candidate so far the candidate's interests align with its position.

The Punch reported 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.

Instead of carrying out another constitution review, Afenifere went on to recommend the adoption of the 2014 national conference reports as a basis of meaningful new constitutional review for Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM), a socio-cultural and political group and a pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, have said that the southwest should produce the next president.

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The Nation reported that they advised All Progressives Congress (APC) members to honour the pre-2015 general election agreement to ensure fairness and equity. gathered that while speaking on Wednesday, January 7, in Ibadan, at a news conference heralding a Yoruba summit tagged: “Yoruba nation yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.


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