2023 Presidency: Keyamo Speaks on why Afenifere is Backing Peter Obi, Goes Down Memory Lane

2023 Presidency: Keyamo Speaks on why Afenifere is Backing Peter Obi, Goes Down Memory Lane

  • Festus Keyamo, the spokesman of the Bola Tinubu presidential campaign council, has sent a mocking message to Peter Obi
  • In a tweet on Monday, September 26, Keyamo said the Afenifere group is backing Obi because it has a deep hatred for Tinubu
  • But going down memory lane, the minister of state for labour and employment recalled that presidential candidates the group endorsed in 2015 and 2019 lost out

A spokesman of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu's presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo, has slammed the Ayo Adebanjo-led Afenifere group.

In a tweet on Monday, September 26, Keyamo said the southwest cultural group has a deep and longstanding hatred for Tinubu, which is why it is backing Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

Peter Obi, Tinubu
Keyamo said Afenifere is backing Obi because it hates Tinubu (Photo: Peter Obi, @tsg2023)
Source: Twitter

No presidential candidate Afenifere backed has won election

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However, directing his focus on Afenifere's support for Obi, the minister of state for labour and employment recalled that the presidential candidates the group had endorsed failed to clinch the presidency: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2015 and Atiku Abubakar in 2019.

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Keyamo, therefore, mockingly congratulated Obi for securing the group's endorsement.

See his tweet below:

Peter Obi: Afenifere justifies Labour Party candidate's endorsement

Meanwhile, despite heavy criticism from the camp of Tinubu, the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, through Pa Ayo Adebanjo, had justified its decision to back Obi for the 2023 elections.

According to Adebanjo, the group's support of Obi was in line with the ideological and equitable principles of the group.

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He said Afenifere will not compromise the principle of justice, equity, and inclusiveness because Tinubu is a Yoruba man.

Adebanjo stated:

“We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria while we, at the same time, continue to brutally marginalise and exclude them from the power dynamics.
“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."

Olu Falae backs southeast, says Igbo should be Nigeria's next president

Another Yoruba elder backed the southeast for Nigeria's presidency in 2023. According to Chief Olu Falae, a former minister of finance, the time had come for Igbos to produce the next president.

Falae said fair-minded Yoruba people will see the reason to support an Igbo presidency. He added that though in the past, Igbos had contested against Yorubas while other regions conceded, that does not mean they should not be voted this time around.

Source: Legit.ng

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