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Afenifere leaders explain support for Jonathan’s failed second-term bid

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Chief Rueben FasorantiIN the wake of President Goodluck Jonathan’s loss at the polls, Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political association, yesterday said it endorsed him in the 2015 presidential election for the same reason it had supported Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in 2007, which is the restructuring and development of Nigeria.

Speaking during a meeting in Akure, the leader of the association, Chief Rueben Fasoranti also congratulated Buhari “on his historic presidential electoral victory and salute him for his dogged and irresistible spirit.”

However, they refuted allegation from some quarters that they received money from Jonathan to support him for his second term bid, explaining that they endorsed his aspiration because he offered them the chance for the restructuring of the nation as Buhari did in 2007.

The National Chairman of Social Democratic Party, Olu Falae agreed that Afenifere declared its support for General Buhari in Ibadan when he contested for Presidency under All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2007, because of their agreement for the convocation of the National Conference if elected.

Falae, allayed fears that Buhari might revoke the National Conference report. “Government is a continuum. I know him very well, and whatever must be done has to be done,” stating that Afenifere would visit General Buhari in Abuja after his assumption of office.

The association pressed further: “As he takes over from May 29, 2015, we would like to remind him that we still stand by our perennial demand (since the time of the sage, our leader Chief Obafemi Awolowo) that to have peace and development, the country must be restructured among other things, for fair play and justice, development of a sense of belonging.

“In addition, we sincerely share his aspirations to tackle insecurity of life and property, stop insurgency like Boko Haram in our land, reduce unemployment, fight corruption in the body polity, and bring our economy to an enviable standard.”

The group also saluted Jonathan for the “unusual personal sacrifice in this period of Lent, and in the process saved his country from needless calamity and predicted perdition,” adding: “By conceding to victory and not tampering with democratic principles, he has laid a very strong foundation for democracy to thrive in Nigeria and set a good example for other Nigerian leaders to emulate.

“By that singular personal decision of honourably admitting defeat when counting was still in progress, he had saved Nigeria when it mattered most, as, no doubt, some were warming up to drag out the war drums.” Pa Fasoranti said: “As the first Nigerian sitting head of state to magnanimously concede to defeat, he has demonstrated exemplary courage, laid a precedent of uncommon statesmanship, rare demonstration of patriotism and sportsmanship.

He has thus created a benchmark for our leaders to follow in whatever contest they may be involved in. ” The Yoruba leaders praised the incumbent President for dousing growing political tensions in the polity, calming down frenzied nerves and forestalling the ominous predictions of “foreign soothsayers’ desire of the disintegration of Nigeria.” Also in attendance were Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa, Korede Duyile and Femi Aluko among others.


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42 Comments
  • kaybaba

    This Yoruba leaders are something else o. See how they quickly shift. Oni jeku ije.

    • imperialebony

      Awon agbaya

    • Christian Christian

      They only speak for themselves and pockets, tell me where and when Yoruba race met to appoint these outdated men to represent us, yinka odumakin give me a better understanding of what money can do to a feeble minded person wearing a fake toga of credibility. Please stop using our collective identity ‘Yoruba’ to fester your pocket, we are known to be OMOLUABI and not integrity deficient people. Shame on all of you!

    • solo la

      After the death of Chief Adesanya and Chief Bola Ige Afenifere seized to function as Yoruba leaders.

    • SP

      These bunch of hungry elders do not speak for the Yorubas. Let me give you a bit of history of their leader. The so-called leader of Afenifere, Fasoranti was a former principal of the oldest secondary school in my village. In case he reads this drop from me, he will know my community. He maliciuosly dropped my people in school on flimsy reasons just to ensure that my community is swept under carpet. That we never produce qualified people. Today, he parades himself as leader of pan-Yoruba social-cultural group. They claim to be followers of Chief Awolowo. What an irony!
      The Afeniferes have lost their reputation and value among the people. No respect commanded. This also include some traditional rulers.
      Politicians that want to canvass votes from the people should relate well with the people not via their chiefs or a group of people. People want to see what you have done to better their lives. Nigerians have evolved. There is high level of political awareness more than ever before. They should never take the people for a ride. Since people have used their votes to remove sitting/incumbent governors, wise politicians should rethink. The electorate are getting their power back. I am happy for that.
      When I read/heard about the endorsement of President Jonathan by Afenifere and some Obas in Yorubaland, I laughed. I told some people in my office(Port Harocurt) that these people are no longer relevant to the people. People don’t trust them. My colleagues who are supporters of GEJ never believed me. They thought am an APC supporter. Meanwhile, it said that so that a deaf man can understand what transperes under his nose secrete is revealed to his kinsmen. Let me stop here. Lot more…….

  • aisha ani

    Baba, just go and cover your face, Afenifere ti o fenifere!

    • imperialebony

      Afenifere abi afanifebi

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    It’s a volte-face and treacherous conduct by the self-seeking elders. Buhari owes no one no undertaking on the money-wasting confab report because it is a doomed project.

  • sunday government

    Afenifere was a huge disappointment. I always wondered why good men of yester years turn out to be sellouts and disappointment in latter years. One of the many explanations I found for this development is the problem of ‘stomach infrastructure’. As soon as the economy of these guys nosedives, anything can happen, even including eating back their words (earlier position). Integrity does not matter to this tribe of turncoats. Unfortunately, Afenifere became an organization of contractors depending on the federal government patronages to the extent that they were prepared to sell their tribesmen. It did not matter to them if Jonathan marginalized them throughout his first term. That did not resonate with these guys. What mattered was some nebulous confab recommendation that promised nothing…. Hear them, it was only Jonathan, of the two candidates that can implement the recommendation. It was a show of shame, especially when it was coloured by financial inducement. Very very bad indeed. Leaders should be consistent and always seek to protect the larger interest of the people they lead. Not their own personal and selfish interests elevated as though they were the interests of the people.

    • Christian Christian

      Stop wondering my brother, money answereth all questions!

    • k_boyd14u

      What confab, can a single person among them tell me what is in the confab that is of benefit to the southwest, Awon alatenuje agbalagba.

  • Tope

    There is no reason for supporting Jonathan by Afenifere other than for the money that Jonathan paid them. People that are supposed to bury their heads in shame are still talking and looking for undeserved relevance.

  • Layi Niyi

    Keep the stories, we don’t need it.

    • AriseNigeria

      What you desperately need is further re-orientation and enlightenment.

  • AriseNigeria

    Afenifere is a body of thinkers and men that think ahead, and far from the kitchen politics of Tinubu and what he will get at Abuja
    We must teem together all lovers of Peace, Unity and Prosperity to demand the implementation of the 2014 confab reports, because in that document lays the vision of a new Nigeria

    • Baba Ijebu

      Yeah, body of thinkers, all the more they could have remained NEUTRAL in the just concluded election than casting aspersion on Tinunbu. Akinjide that’s known for all the wrong reasons in Nigerian politics is now one of the progressives.

      • Fred

        Well said

      • solo la

        My brother, you just hit the point straight, why wait till election time to come out and ask for implementation of 2014 conference. The same mind set used against Chief Awolowo…. Akinjide again?

    • fountain

      You need to visit nearest hospital to have your jegaquine for the disease of orubebites worrying you.It is free no payment,courtesy of INEC.

      • AriseNigeria

        a forum like this is designed to air an intelligent views and not to talk gibberish

    • Victor Akpabio

      God bless you my comrade

    • apapo1

      If Afenifere were a group of thinkers, they would have been thinking before acting; and they would have thought about possible consequences of their actions. Thinkers think before acting. These group of has-beens did not do that. They acted before they started thinking. The nostalgia of the days when they wielded the big stick remains their undoing; they continue to crave relevance even after the world, and Nigeria has already passed them bye. The dynamics of our politics has changed a long time while this group remains in the wilderness. Unfortunately, they are turn-coats. Imagine Ebenezer Babatopewho proclaimed what he did not believe; abd acted what he was not, only in an attempt to secure reputation as a propagandist. If Awolowo were still alive, babatope would still act and talk as if he was a true apostle of progressivism. he would act and talk like Karl Marx. He lived for long in borroewed robes and benefitted from it. Now he has become a junkie bat – not an animal and not a bat. I wouyldn’t be suprised if he has a place in Buhari’s government because he always has an explanation for prostituting. Such men are dangerous but this country, and indeed every community can do with some of their type; at least for lessons in human behavior.

  • Tea

    You self appointed Yoruba leaders told the nation that the only reason you were endorsing President Jonathan was because he alone could implement the confab recommendations, so why are you now asking Gen Buhari to do it? You should hide your faces in shame & stop insulting the intelligence of Nigerians. You’re just like the so called leaders of Ohaneze Ndigbo who sold their souls to the highest bidder and deceived some of our politically blind people into making miscalculations with the promise of a second Niger Bridge that would never have been built. Ndigbo have another chance to shun these corrupt leaders by voting right in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.

    • Fred

      Please more of this. When you tell some peeps, they allow sentiments becloud their reasoning. Your comment is very correct

    • zung

      Don’t mind them. They thought they were greater than the rest of the Yorubas in permutations. They were driven by greed.They said clearly to Nigerians that President Jonathan was the only one who could implement the confab recommendations. We thank God because the Alani Akinrinades of this world countered by stating that most of what the Yorubas presented at the confab were not accepted. That does not mean that the confab recommendations shall not be considered by any administration. Most Nigerians want a restructuring of the country, and it shall be done.

    • solo la

      My sister tell them, Afenifere and Ndigbo.

  • Alos

    Totally disappointed. Why didnt you all charge or tell him to be transparent and DECLARE his asset rather than INSULTING NIGERIANS as he couldnt give a DAMN about your reactions. Afeniferes explanation is totally unacceptable to most OMOLUABIs in yoruba land.

  • Biola Bello

    awon baba onijekuje.. jeun kooku.

  • banks111

    These ‘alatenujes’ will be dealt with by the Yoruba. They are their family’s leaders not Yoruba leaders.

  • TKBaba

    Afenife-dollar

  • bobjk

    The yorubas have always betrayed other southerners. Remember that awolowo joined the north to fight the ibos
    with the hope that he will made president. He was disappointed. Tinubu sold the yorubas into slavery thinking that he will be vice president. He did not get it. The yorubas will one day regret this their action. By then it will be too late.

    • solo la

      Zik formed the first Government with the North, what about that?lbos short sighted.

    • yitzkh

      the other way round

  • apapo1

    These group of spent force yesterday men are at it again. trying to buy their way back into reckoning, right? What would Jonathan have done after losing? Sit down in Aso Rock and refuse to acknowledge defeat? Or call Asari Dokubo army from the creeks of the Delta? Look here, decency is no pride. This is 21st century. I don’t blame them, they are used to losing and winning, provoking people to burn houses and kill while they themselves escape to foreign lands. For those who have witnessed how it is better done elsewhere, you don’t need to count the last vote before you acknowledge you lost an election. The numbers tell you where you stand.
    And come to talk of restructuring! they supported GEJ agenda. the man has lost. Wait until he comes back. By the way, is restructuring in SDP’s manifesto? I mean SDP, Falae’s party that died before its arrival at the dance. You formed a political party in order to use it to support another political party. What grandiose of a deceitful old man. Thought he was honest when I voted for him the last time! And this group od men blame OBJ who, in comparison with them, is a saint worthy of worship!

    • Ifechukwu

      I agree with you. GEJ should have conceded defeat earlier than he did. The result was obvious with outstanding five states to come. All the praising of GEJ is mere sycophancy.

      • solo la

        I thought as much about all the praising, the Republican or Democratic party do not wait for the last two to five states to be counted before conceding.

  • FRANCIS MARY

    I salute the courage of Yorubas who said no to self acclaimed leaders. Yorubas know who their leaders are and nobody can impose him/herself on the people as we experience from last Saturday’s election. The time of buying their conscience with rice and tomatoes is over although their are some who would go any length to do such but the truth will come one day. We can now feeling the prophecy of our Great Modern Leader, Chief Jeremiah Oyeniiyi Obafemi Awolowo of the blessed memory that after darkness there will be a bright light. For the coming election: YORUBA RONU

  • agbobu

    GOODLUCK JONATHAN IS TRYING TO SAVE HIS SKIN, HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE TO WRITING HIS NAME IN GOLD?. THE REAL WINNERS ARE WE THE PEOPLE QED. I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR A VERY LONG TIME I HAVE BEEB SAYING THAT WE THE PEOPLE WILL MAKE SURE THAT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WILL BE DEFEATED WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN I HAVE BEEN PROVED VERY RIGHT. THE REAL LOSER IN THIS ELECTION ARE THE IGBO PEOPLE AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COULD HAVE COME FROM THAT ZONE. NOW IT IS IMPOSSIBLE AS THERE IS NO SENATOR FROM THAT ZONE. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE VERY SHORT SIGHTED VERY GREEDY AND VERY SELFISH PEOPLE AS LEADERS OR PARADE AS LEADERS, WHEN THEY ARE JUST SHAMELESS DEALERS ONLY AFTER THEIR POCKETS AND INTERESTS. THE IGBO PEOPLE MUST NOW USE THEIR ‘NUMBER 6’ AND RECTIFY THIS SELF INFLICTED ANOMALY. I HOPE THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO?

  • Matthew

    Afenifere going to Abuja. To do what? They are not ashamed of themselves. They should go through Tinubu. That is a true Yoruba leader.

    • solo la

      Tinubu is the Afenifere of the Yorubas.

  • fountain

    These old men self,i found it so difficult to qualify them politically but history will justify their deeds and conviction bcos you have your son as Vice President to Buhari i think it is enough for group that have been travelling to Abuja several times to have a notable ministerial post for Yoruba before in this out going government but he never respect his promise to give one to them and suddenly they supported him in eleventh hours without put your VP slot into consideration.Hummmm,I know if Papa Awo still alive the game will never be like that but thank to Tinubu as he stood firmly despite their sponsored adverts against him.Buhari just beware of this group and that group,we voted for you for change from poverty,failures of infrastructres and providing conducive environment for peaceful coexistence.Don’t be carry away i support you from here from unknown groups.

  • Kola Dawodu

    The elders that succeeded are in the inner chamber waiting to be consulted, the failed ones are in the outer court shouting and screaming to be noticed. These people have had their own share of governance, they need to allow the younger generation do things according to the new age. They gaffed and now they are trying to justify themselves. The so called constitutional conference was attended by selected people who do not actually represent the Nigerian populace. Did we not see majority of them nodding off endlessly?

    I am tired of these so called elders who have turned our Excellent Yoruba culture of RESPECT to a tool of oppression by which the younger generations are being oppressed and suppressed. These guys belong to past and they held on to it, they want us to live in their failed past of bickering and bad blood. If Jonathan was one of them, he will not leave Aso rock willingly.

    Where are their children? Why can they not hand over to their children? Why is Afenifere consist of grey haired people alone? We need to ask ourselves these questions.

    Cheers to you all