The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has replied to the statement credited to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu over the group’s endorsement of Peter Obi.
The Ondo State governor had in a statement said “Afenifere doesn’t speak for the Yoruba people on the endorsement of Peter Obi and that Afenifere is divided in respect of the purported endorsement.”
However, Afenifere in its response to Akeredolu said the decision to support Obi was a corporate decision of members of the group and some socio-cultural organizations in the country.
“While we have our respect for Akeredolu and his colleagues of the Southern Governors Forum, which he leads, on their stand that it is only equitable that the next President of Nigeria after eight years of Buhari of Northern Nigeria extraction, should come from the South, we will not lend our support to those who betray that cause for the lucre of vice presidential porridge or those who see equity only from the parochial prism of their ethnic benefits.
“We wish to state for the umpteenth time that Afenifere is not an apolitical Yoruba socio-cultural organization but, from its inception, political machinery as the embodiment of the worldview of the Awolowo School of Thought on how Nigeria, a country of ancient and entrenched nationalities, may best be equitably, inclusively and peacefully governed. These thoughts are encapsulated in the theory and practice of true federalism in its equitable and logical dimensions.