- The popular Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere says they will not support their fellow kinsman, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC for the presidency
- The leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo says their support will continue to be with Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate
- Chief Adebanjo said the ideology of Peter Obi and his party is in coherence with the philosophy of Afenifere
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Confirming this development, the leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo said the group will be standing solidly behind the Labour Party's flagbearer.
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Giving the reason for the decision of the group to support the former Anambra state governor, Adebanjo says the ideology of Peter Obi aligns with that of the Afenifere.
He likened Obi's vision and ideology to that of the former western region leader, the late Obafemi Awolowo.
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Adebanjo made this declaration on Monday, September 26 at the World Press Conference, WheatBaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.
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He said the modalities and modules that forge the Afenifere group are in line with the principles of the defunct Action Group (AG), a political party led by the late Awolowo himself.
Adebanjo said the Afenifere remains an advocate of restructuring, as it will be one of the best ways to foster inclusiveness, freedom to industrial development and favourable policies.
“The South-West as I have pointed out has produced a president and currently sits as VP, the South-South has spent a total of 6years in the presidency, but the Igbo people of South-East have never tasted presidency in Nigeria, and now that the poet is due back in the South, equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo.
“We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalize and exclude them from the power dynamic.
“Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and back, he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office."
The Afenifere leader says the group will not compromise or use sentiments of ethnicity to support a candidate, rather they will use the sense of equity, justice, and fairness.
“We will not compromise this principle of justice, equity and inclusiveness because one of our own, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a front-line candidate."
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Meanwhile, Labour Party's flag bearer for the 2023 presidential election held a meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The former governor of Anambra state said the meeting with Obasanjo was focused on arising matters of national interest.
According to Obi, discussions between him and Obasanjo were extensive, forthright and loaded with animations.