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Afenifere will back those in support of restructuring in 2023, says Odumakin

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The Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has said that the group may support the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 presidential election if he will pursue a restructuring of the country.

Odumakin, who stated this while featuring on Space FM Ibadan’s programme, Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio, anchored by Olayinka Agboola, said that since the APC leader is a Yoruba man, Afenifere might support him, especially if he will pursue restructuring.

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Clarifying the statement to The Guardian, Odumakin said: “We can try many presidential aspirants. Any candidate who will pursue restructuring, Afenifere will support such a person.

“Every presidential aspirant can be tried. In the process of trying them, when the time comes, we will know who is most suitable. As we are talking now, as far as we are concerned, Tinubu has not declared any ambition”.

Speaking on the emergence of Prof. Banji Akintoye as the leader of the Yoruba, Odumakin said: “Prof. Akintoye is not the leader of the Yoruba. He is the leader of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC). The Yoruba do not have any leader for now.”

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He also said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s much-talked-about anti-graft war had collapsed and failed.

He stated that the five-year anti-corruption war of Buhari ‘wombled and fumbled’ until recently when everything came to the open how corrupt the system has been.

“Those inside know that there is no anti-corruption war. Those in the circle, on the corridors of power, know that there is no war against graft. All sorts of embarrassing moments are being witnessed today to confirm this assertion.

“I will only tell him to go and retool. The corruption war he has been fighting has collapsed. The people of Nigeria do not understand again,” he said.

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