Lagos: Nonagenarian Leader of Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo has described the alleged endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as fake and a conspiracy to split Afenifere.
Adebanjo made the assertion this Monday evening while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, in reaction to the alleged endorsement of Tinubu by Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere’s erstwhile leader.
According to him, “There is nothing going on other than an attempt to split Afenifere of which I will not be part of.
“Pa Fasoranti called me on Friday evening saying that Tinubu wanted to come and greet him, that he would cancel it but I told him to go, that as an elder, there was nothing wrong in receiving someone coming to see you.
“It’s a conspiracy among those who want to get Afenifere divided. They have been on this plan for over a month now.
“All Afenifere wants is that the election should be based on issues. Afenifere stated its support for the South East based on Equity, even before the emergence of Peter Obi.
Going further, the elder statesman said:
“Afenifere is not a socio-cultural organization of the Yorubas. I continue to state that emphatically. It is the Yoruba interpretation of the Action Group led by Obafemi Awolowo, who is the champion of Restructuring in Nigeria.
On the issue of whether he consulted Fasoranti before Afenifere endorsed Obi, he had this to say, “I don’t have to consult him. He has handed over to me over a year ago. He wrote a letter handing over to me last year; that he is old and wants to rest.
“South West has had its own turn through Obasanjo, also South South had it through Jonathan, on the basis of equity, South East is the only zone in the South left. Is South East not part of the South? That is the question.
“Action Group ideologically has been in the fore front of restructuring. Afenifere believes in rotation to avoid any section of the country monopolizing the Presidency.
He also stated that all those who accompanied Tinubu on the visit were chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC and he rhetorically asked them to state when last those men attended Afenifere meetinge, even under Fasoranti.
Meanwhile, Adebanjo made this post on Twitter: “
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.”