Why we can’t back Osinbajo, APC, by Afenifere
•Identifies with Atiku, Obi ticket
The Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has offered reason why it could not support Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming elections.It claimed the nation’s number two citizen abandoned the ethnic nationality and failed to promote the people’s agenda in the current administration.
A communiqué issued yesterday at the end of its meeting in Akure by Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Olu Falae and Senator Femi Okunronmu reiterated the group’s resolve for restructuring and true federalism.During the gathering, which held in the home of its leader, Fasoranti, the organisation adopted the resolution of the Leaders of Nigeria, consisting of the leadership of Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Middle Belt Forum and the Northern Elders Forum.
It restated support for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Peter Obi, for their stance on restructuring.
According to Afenifere, the Yoruba race, since the days of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, had always canvassed restructuring, true federalism and devolution of powers, which it alleged, the APC-led government was opposed to. The leaders held that they would not betray their conviction on the altar of coming from same region with Osinbajo.
The communiqué reads: “That a person is your son does not mean you support him when he is working against your interest.“Osinbajo is working against the interest of Yoruba and our support for Atiku is not the question of Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa but about somebody that believes in what Awolowo believed in, which is (true) federalism. We advise all Yoruba to come out and vote for Atiku. “Osinbajo is hanging on the Fulani to work against Yoruba interest. When our people were being killed in their farms by herdsmen, he did not say anything.
“When we are talking about restructuring, Osinbajo is arguing against it, and all the Yoruba want is restructuring. So, when Osinbajo is working against restructuring, he is not for Yoruba people.“So we cannot support APC because of Osinbajo who has turned himself to the enemy of Yoruba.”