You Cannot Bribe Your Way To Aso Rock, We’ve A Preferred Presidential Candidate – Afenifere Blasts Tinubu
Adebanjo: Tinubu purchased the assist of Afenifere members; Peter Obi continues to be our candidate.
According to Mr. Adebanjo, Afenifere had beforehand endorsed Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) for the election the next 12 months out of ethical obligation.
Ayo Adebanjo, the pinnacle of the pan-Yoruba sociocultural group Afenifere, has charged Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, with shopping for among the group’s members to be able to sow dissension earlier than the overall election in 2023.
In an interview with Peoples Gazette on Sunday, Mr. Adebanjo made the accusation and acknowledged he wasn’t able to work with Mr. Tinubu, who he claimed had bribed a number of Afenifere members to achieve favor with him as he campaigned.
He insisted that Afenifere had already endorsed Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) for the subsequent 12 months’s election based mostly on precept.
“Tinubu bribed some people with little money to put up a show that there’s a division in Afenifere. I won’t engage him and those he gave money to because we have already made our position clear that Peter Obi is our candidate. Peter Obi as president will serve our interest better than Tinubu,” Mr Adebanjo advised The Gazette on Sunday in a phone chat.
The newest response from Mr Adebanjo is coming following Mr Tinubu’s go to to Reuben Fasoranti, a foremost chief of Afenifere, at his hometown of Akure, Ondo capital, on Sunday.
Mr Adebanjo, who took over because the chief of the Afenifere in March 2021 after Mr Fasoranti, 96, stepped down from the management of the pan-Yoruba group throughout a gathering held at his residence, had constantly expressed his disavowal to Mr Tinubu’s presidential bid.
Mr Tinubu had stormed Mr Fasoranti’s residence within the firm of Bisi Akande, a former interim chairman of the APC; Iyiola Omisore, APC National Secretary; Pius Akinyelure, a Former National Vice Chairman of the APC South-West Zone; Dayo Adeyeye, National Chairman, Southwest Agenda for Tinubu 2023 presidential ambition (SWAGA), amongst others.
The Gazette had reported how the APC presidential candidate shortly after his arrival instantly went into an in depth door assembly with Mr Fasoranti the place he acquired the “blessing” of the Afenifere chief.
However, some members of the pan-Yoruba group, which included Mr Adebanjo and the Secretary-General, Sola Ebiseni, fully stayed away from the assembly held contained in the compound of Mr Fasoranti.
During the go to, Mr Tinubu was endorsed for the 2023 presidency by the leaders of the Afenifere, who attended the assembly amid the division within the pan-Yoruba group.
The leaders of the group, who have been from the six South-West states together with Kwara and Kogi, mentioned that the APC presidential candidate remained the only option for Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of the Afenifere leaders, Sehinde Arogbofa, the group’s former General Secretary, mentioned Mr Tinubu is a real son of Yoruba land, therefore their assist for him within the 2023 election.
Mr Arogbofa advised Mr Tinubu to deal with the problem of insecurity and restructuring with all seriousness if elected the subsequent president of Nigeria.
He additionally pleaded with the APC presidential candidate to be a pacesetter that may unite Nigeria and work for the progress and improvement of the nation.
“You aren’t only a Yoruba man however a Nigerian. When you turn into President, contemplate Nigeria in all you do however always remember residence.
“Our calls for are what you realize already. Restructuring, safety, and fixing the economic system. Our nation is not secure. We need state police in order that the nation might be secure,” the Afenifere chief mentioned.
While presenting his manifesto tagged “Renewed Hope” to the Afenifere leaders, Mr Tinubu mentioned has continued to obtain huge assist for his presidential ambition from the North including that he could be honest to all areas if elected.
He added that his ambition was to show issues round for the higher within the nation, boasting that he would win the 2023 election.
“So, anybody that would defeat me in the race shall sweat,” Mr Tinubu added.