The pan – Yoruba socio – political group group, Afenifere, has accused All Progressives Congress, APC, national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, of being behind the “fake” endorsement of Buhari.
The group has also denied endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 elections.
Media reports had last Friday, stated that some Afenifere chieftains, led by Ayo Fasanmi, endorsed President Buhari at a gathering last Thursday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
In a chat with newsmen, the spokesperson of the group, Yinka Odumakin, said it was “unfortunate” that Tinubu, who had discredited Afenifere, could organise such a charade.
According to him, most of the people at the gathering where Buhari was endorsed were strangers to the group.
His words, “the renegade” group was only taking advantage of Senator Fasanmi who was advanced in age.
“That is a fake Afenifere group powered by Bola Ahmed Tinubu. If you look at the names of the people at that particular group , the only person that was once with us is Senator Fasanmi and we believe they are just using him.
“The masquerade behind this entire show is Bola Tinubu, who has plenty of money. Why is he hiding under Afenifere? Haven’t he and his people been disparaging Afenifere? Why has Afenifere suddenly become attractive to them?
“When Afenifere was fighting for the rights of Yoruba people attacked by herdsmen in Ile-Ife and in Akure, where was Bola Tinubu? Suddenly, he remembers Afenifere because elections are here.
“Let Tinubu come and meet us directly. Why is he hiding and using our name ?”
Odumakin said Afenifere had said many times that it would only be supporting a candidate who supports restructuring, especially true federalism”.
He said the endorsement would be announced after a meeting with other socio – cultural groups such as Ohanaeze NdIgbo and the Northern Elders Forum.
Odumakin further said, “We are for restructuring. And when it is time to endorse a candidate, it will be a joint decision with Pan-Niger Delta Forum, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt Forum and the Northern Elders Forum”.
The gathering was attended by a Lagos APC chieftain, Prince Tajudeen Olusi; a former Deputy Governor to Tinubu and Prince Biodun Ogunleye. Others are Abayomi Fini and a former Governor of the old Oyo State, Omololu Olunloyo.
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