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Afenifere crisis deepens, as youths call for Adebanjo’s step down

 Afenifere crisis deepens,  as youths call for Adebanjo’s step down

A group of youths, under the aegis of Yoruba Afenifere Youths Organisation of Nigeria, have passed a vote of no confidence in Pa Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere.

The group advised Adebanjo to “kindly step down as the acting leader of Afenifere in the interest of the organisation and the entire Yoruba race.”

They made the call at a press conference held in Lagos on Tuesday after a joint session of Afenifere Youth National leaders in Yoruba land, including Kogi and Kwara states.

In a communique, the group condemned the suspension of two national officers of Afenifere by Adebanjo. This, they said, was done without the approval of the leader of the group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

According to the group, Afenifere has been derailing since Adebanjo became acting leader because he allegedly abandoned the uncompromising pursuit and defence of the interest of the Yoruba people.

“We noted, sadly too, that rather than rally the Yoruba people behind their son, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, now the President-elect of Nigeria, to emerge as President of this great country, Baba Adebanjo campaigned vigorously against him, and even after his (Tinubu’s) well-deserving and hard-earned victory through a credible presidential election, he (Adebanjo) still wants the Presidency out of Yoruba land.

“We noted for the purpose of clarity that Pa Ayo Adebanjo is not the leader of Afenifere, but the acting leader authorised by Pa Reuben Fasoranti. We make bold to say that the action of making Pa Adebanjo the acting leader is in line with the precedence in our rich history.

Reacting, Adebanjo told The PUNCH that, “Their fathers cannot talk to me; yet they are telling me to step down. If they have gotten some dollars from Tinubu, it is their affair, let them carry on.”

On claims that he had been working against Yoruba interest, Adebanjo said, “Tinubu himself won’t talk to me like that. We have been fighting for Yoruba interests before their grandfathers were born. I don’t know them. Everybody wants relevance, they want to have a say that’s why they are asking me to step down. Who are they? They just gathered them to say I should step down after they had used Fasoranti which couldn’t work.”

Meanwhile, Adebanjo, on Tuesday, played host to an Igbo socio-cultural group, Anya Ndi Igbo, at his house in Lekki, Lagos.

In his remarks during the visit, he said Nigeria should rather be mourning given the ethnic profiling and religious sentiments that characterised the general elections.

He added that he had no regrets supporting the Igbo Presidency because of justice, equity and fairness.

“I have received various attacks on my person because of my stance on this issue but the fact remains that my integrity is intact, and that has been the only thing saving me,” he said.

The Chairman, Board of Trustees , Anya Ndi Igbo, Dr Uma Eleazu, remarked that “Elections have come and gone but the consequences are still on.”

Eleazu asked Adebanjo to plead with “our Yoruba brothers and sisters not to succumb to the insinuations in sections of the press and social media that there is a battle for Lagos between Ndigbo and the Yoruba.”THE PUNCH

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