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Obasanjo visits Afenifere leader, Fasoranti, others


Olusegun Obasanjo

Animosity is over between us, says group
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday paid a surprise visit to leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere. The visit, the first of its kind to the group after 15 years of political estrangement, was to the home of the leader of the group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure yesterday around 3:03 p.m., where he was received by other chieftains of the party.

After a closed-door meeting that lasted less than 30 minutes, Obasanjo, in his usual jovial style, said he had only come to greet his father.He dismissed further probe on whether the meeting had any political intention and the “why-now” question, saying: “Can a son not come to see his father any time he wishes? Do I have to take permission from you before seeing my father? And how does that become your concern?”

Meanwhile, Fasoranti, who was flanked by other leaders of the group, including Chief Seinde Arogbofa, Chief Sola Ebiseni, Kole Omololu, Chief Femi Aliko, among others, described the visit as a good reunion.

He said: “He (Obasanjo) said he has come to pay courtesy visit, saying he appreciates all my efforts about Nigeria, particularly the Yoruba nation. He has come now because he values my friendship.“The primordial hostility between Obasanjo and the organisation ‘is over now.’”

Fasoranti, who stated that Afenifere supports the letters written to President Muhammadu Buhari to protest the indiscriminate killing of Nigerians, herdsmen menace, sectional fight against corruption and other excesses of the Federal Government, said: “We are in full support. We are dissatisfied with the mode of governance, we are dissatisfied.”

He said though they did not discuss about the African Democratic Congress (ADC) but was in support of a mega party to dislodge All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 elections.
On the possible merger of Social Democratic Party (SDP), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and ADC ahead of the mega party, he said: “It is the joy of everybody if formidable teams can unite against the government that we have there now.“Look at the killings in the North, the President is very silent about it. And they are his people, and we are all Nigerians, that is bad enough.”

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