The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has denied reports that it has endorsed the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu for the presidency in 2023.
The Director of Communications, Sola Lawal on Wednesday issued this statement in reaction to claims of the leader of South West Agenda, Prince Dayo Adeyeye that his group has secured the support of Afenifere for Tinubu during a visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, former Afenifere president.
Fasoranti, had on Tuesday received SWAGA at his residence in Abeokuta and noted that he would be giving his support to Tinubu, who he described as deserving of the position owing to his numerous contributions to the country.
But Lawal in reaction said the statement of the Afenifere chieftain doesn’t speak for the group, explaining that 96-year-old Pa Fasoranti had taken a “deserved rest when he formally handed over to Chief Ayo Adebanjo three weeks ago after leading the group for 12 years and so the former couldn’t have spoken for Afenifere during the SWAGA visit to his Akure home.”
According to the spokesman, the Afenifere is still mourning the demise of its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in whose honour the group suspended all engagements.
To this end, the group “temporarily halted all activities in honour of Odumakin who is still lying in the morgue, cold and lonely”.
He also enjoined Adeyeye to do likewise.
“The Adeyeye foray into Afenifere space at this period of huge loss and intense mourning is disrespectful , insensitive and unwarranted,” Lawal added.
“Being a former Afenifere top notch and, infact , Odumakin’s immediate predecessor in office as a spokesperson for Afenifere, Adeyeye should cease all activities and join us in mourning at this trying times.”
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