Yorubas only recognize Chief Fasanmi’s Afenifere – Group … Says endorsement of Buhari/Osinbajo in order

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Yorubas home and abroad have been told to shun the
endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates by corrupt
elements who parade themselves as members of Afenifere, a pan Yoruba
socio-cultural organization.

A statement signed by the President of the Initiative to
Save Democracy, Sunday James Akiloye in Lagos said that the only faction of
Afenifere recognized by all Yorubas home and abroad is the faction led by Chief
Ayo Fasanmi.

Akinloye described those parading themselves as Afenifere
leaders as turncoats who have been rejected by Yoruba. “They want to drag
Nigeria and Yoruba back, but we will not let that happen. We, Yorubas, solidly
stand behind the decision of Chief Ayo Fasanmi’s decision to support

“These miscreants who parade themselves as Afenifere are
directed by their stomachs. They are greedy old men who have mortgaged the
future of their children and also want to do same to the Yoruba nation.”

Recall that Afenifere led by Senator Ayo Fasanmi in Ibadan
had announced the endorsement of the reelection of President Muhamadu Buhari
and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stating that the support for the APC
Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates is in the best interest of the

Akinloye then challenged any true Yourba to state the
Omoluabi attributes that the likes of Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Yinka Odumakin and
others possess.

 “Let use have it on
record that they have been rejected by the Yorubas,” Akiloye said. “You will
recall that these lots have been ousted from Afenifere, they are only after what
they can eat.”

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 “An Omoluabi in
Yorubaland is a person of honor who believes in hard work, respects the rights
of others, and gives to the community in deeds and in action. Above all, an
Omoluabi is a person of integrity. Please can you find any of these attributes
in these persons?” he quizzed.

“These ones have lost it; they are for the highest bidder.
There is nothing that they can say or do that is not motivated by money and

“Yorubas have honour, dignity and integrity and we carry
these attributes with pride. As our forefathers used to say, a good name is
better than silver and gold.”

“Prof Osinbajo is our son and he embodies everything that
Yorubas stand for, we are proud to associate with him locally and
internationally, adding that, “He has more than delivered.”

Akinloye then compared Osinbajo to Pa Obafemi Awolowo,
stressing that, Osinbajo has once again put Yorubas on the map like Awolowo
did. “The great Awolowo, was a man fully committed to the democratic process as
such he understood fully well that everyone cannot believe in the same ideas
but to castigate a man and brandish him an unbeliever just because he is married
into the family but does not attend the existing denomination clearly shows how
myopic the Afenifere have become.

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“A band of old men whose time in the sun has been graced by
having their pockets laced with government greens, having to make mention of the
Vice Presidents’ vocation as a pastor must be the confirmation that these
relics of a bygone era also hold nothing sacred but to simply wrestle in the
dirt not unlike students but more akin to pupils simply because of a
disagreement with Bola Tinubu is but a show of shame.”

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