The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has explained why it decided to support the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidency saying because the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was working against the interest of the Yoruba race.
In a communiqué signed by its leaders, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Olu Falae and Senator Femi Okunronmu, Afenifere said the Yoruba race since the days of Chief Obafemi Awolowo has always canvassed restructuring, true federalism and devolution of power which the APC government did not believe in.
Reading the communique to newsmen on Monday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Okunronmu said: “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 federalism. We advise all Yoruba to come out and vote for Atiku.
“Osinbajo is hanging on the Fulanis to work against Yoruba interest when our people are being killed in their farms by Fulani herdsmen, Osinbajo did not say anything. When we are talking about restructuring, Osinbajo is arguing against restructuring 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.
“We are not unmindful of some impostors parading themselves as Afenifere holding meetings and endorsing General Muhammadu Buhari to continue in office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in spite of his incompetence, cluelessness, nepotism, tribalism, religious bigotry, ill-health and glaring mental incapacity.
“These pretenders are doubtlessly not Afenifere members but, as usual, only dubiously seeking to exploit the goodwill and reputation of Afenifere to market their bad political product.
“Their desperation in this regard is exemplified in the fraudulent printing of campaign posters in the name and picturing Ambassador Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu as endorsing Buhari and Osinbajo, which she has since disclaimed.
“The Afenifere hereby calls on Nigerians and all Yoruba people, in particular, to come out en masse and vote for the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party and to protect their votes in the interest of good governance and life more abundant for all Nigerians.”