Fayemi advises Afenifere on restructuring

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The governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has urged the
Yoruba race to be tactical in the quest for restructuring stating that the
current tactics used in agitating was defective.

He charged the South West leaders to adopt new methods if
their quest for restructuring of the country is to be realised.

The governor, who spoke in Ado Ekiti at a national retreat
of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) which he hosted, urged the proponents of
restructuring in the region to liaise with other zones on how to actualise the

“There are those who entertained fear on this issue of
restructuring and whether this is legitimate or not, we must reach out to them
because we are not an island onto ourselves.

“We don’t need to be shouting on the roof tops before we get
it, but if we want to do it alone, the agitation will fail,” he said.

The governor also expressed dismay at the voter apathy in
the South West region in the last election, saying a total of 16.2 million were
initially registered in the region while the number of those who voted was not

He said: “In the last presidential poll, Ekiti registered
909,000 voters, only 381,000 voted.

“In Osun 1.67million registered, only 737,000 voted; Ondo,
1.8 million registered, 586,000 voted; Oyo, 2.7 million registered, 891,000
voted; 2.36million registered in Ogun, 605,000 voted and Lagos with 6.3million,
only 1.56 million voted.

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“This might be caused by deficit of trust or fraudulent
multiple registration, but whatever the case was, as long as we remain a
constituent part of this country, ARG should reflect on this and act
appropriately “If it was as a result of deficit of voter education, then the
ARG and governments need a lot to do.

“Religion also affected us because some people were
brainwashed to vote based on religious consideration.”

Fayemi also expressed the readiness of the APC governors in
the region to work with the governor-elect of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, in the
overall interest of the region.

Makinde emerged victorious on the platform of the Peoples
Democratic Party.

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Gboyega Oyetola of
Osun, who were represented at the retreat, called for a return to the values of
the old western region.

The National Chairman of the group, Wale Oshun, reiterated
the need for restructuring and advised that it should be taken to the front
burner to benefit the Yoruba race.

He also canvassed for true federalism, urging political
leaders in the region to take a firm stand to protect the rights of the Yoruba

“Our leaders who know that restructuring is an issue that is
germane must speak up the way the ACF used to speak on some national issues,”
he said.

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