Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the acting leader of South-West group, Afenifere, has continued to drum his support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Obi, as he sends a warning to Nigerians who have endorsed the latter’s counterpart, Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the 2023 election.
Speaking in an interview on Arise TV, Adebanjo submitted that at 94, he may not be alive but Nigerians will live to suffer if they vote for any presidential candidate other than Mr Obi
Mehn, Pa Adebanjo made me shed a tear. Pls Nigerians vote visely. He says you all will suffer if you choose wrong while I enjoy in the grave. At 94 I have nothing to lose. Pls Northerners and southerners I beg you don’t sell ur conscience for pottage. 🥲🥲.
— Ibkice1 (@Icebabaooh) November 1, 2022
Reacting to the interview, a concerned Nigerian @Icebabio on Twitter wrote: “Mehn, Pa Adebanjo made me shed a tear. Pls Nigerians vote wisely. He says you all will suffer if you choose wrong while I enjoy in the grave. At 94 I have nothing to lose. Pls Northerners and southerners I beg you don’t sell ur conscience for pottage. “
@Strong Truth: “Pa Adebanjo makes me so proud to be a Yoruba man, I pray Obi emerge as the president of Nigeria come 2023. God bless you sir for speaking the truth to Nigeria.”
@Yufsci: “Pa Adebanjo at 94 is d only sensitive and sensible living Yoruba all others are just foolish bigot, I go survive if Batiku becomes president, my problem is just d rebirth of new euphoria in Nigeria politics will be postponed where we choose the best over religion and ethnicity.”
Adebanjo’s advice comes in the wake of the fraction in Afenifere where Chief Reuben Fasoranti, another prominent member of the group, said he is the recognised leader of the group and that he is endorsing Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election.
In an interview, Faroranti said: “As you can see, the trend, the approval and the acceptability. You could see what happened when Tinubu came to meet me in Akure. The media carried the whole thing.
“Adebanjo does not have the capacity to warn me not to welcome Tinubu. Can he do that successfully?
“What happened was that Adebanjo took a stand and I took a stand. I didn’t call him and he didn’t call me. We never spoke about the visit.
“As you saw yesterday, it goes without saying that Jagaban was accepted. Obi has no stand in our mind at all.”
Faroranti also stated that the meeting of the socio-political organisation would henceforth hold in Akure, capital of Ondo State and that the leaders of the group would no longer converge on Isoya Ogbo, Ijebu home of Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
He added that the group never endorsed the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, for the 2023 presidential election, who was an endorsed candidate of Pa Adebanjo.
Reacting, Adebanjo laughed at Fasoranti’s statement, saying that they were waiting to see who would attend any Afenifere meeting in Akure, Pa Fasoranti’s hometown.
In Adebanjo’s words, “No problem. Let them hold the meetings in Akure and see the number of people that will attend.
“I am the leader of Afenifere. They are just trying to cause confusion and I won’t help them to do that. If he says people should not come.”