Members of the Pan Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Tuesday held a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun, over the 2019 polls.
The meeting which started around 3.30 p.m lasted about two hours.
Mr Yinka Odumakin, who addressed newsmen on behalf of the group after the meeting, said the group was in Abeokuta to pay a return visit to Obasanjo.
The former president had recently visited Chief Ayo Adebanjo, one of the leaders of the group, in Lagos.
He said the meeting, which centred around the 2019 polls, was meant to harmonise the position of the Yorubas in Nigeria concerning the 2019 general elections.
” Few weeks back, Obasanjo came to Lagos to visit Pa Ayo Adebanjo and we are here again today to return the visit in order to further strengthen the friendship with the group.
“The meeting also aims at creating an harmonious position in Yorubaland over the leadership of the country in respect of the 2019 general elections.
“The general elections are around the corner and leaders across Nigeria are coming together to discuss the event, which is so crucial to the life of the nation.
” All hands must be on deck to get the country re-established and all grey areas must be ironed out,” he said.
Odumakin described the 2019 presidential race as “exciting” in the light of the candidates, who have emerged from the two major political parties.
He, however, said “the most important thing to the Afenifere group is the issue of restructuring.”
According to him, the group will support any candidate, who prioritises restructuring, because Nigeria cannot realise its dream without restructuring.
He said the group would soon adopt its preferred presidential candidate, saying “an official pronouncement would be made on the decision.
” The pendulum is swinging and we will let you know where it finally settles,” he said.
Members of the group, who attended the meeting are a former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former Minister of State for Defence, Mrs. Dupe Adelaja, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Hon.Oladipo Olaitan.
Others are former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo- Dosunmu, Sen. Femi Okurounmu, Prof.Banjo Akintoye, Mr. Yinka Odumakin and Mr. Supo Sonibare.
Aregbesola Camp Kicks As Osun APC Endorses Oyetola For Second Term
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State has endorsed Governor Gboyega Oyetola for another term.
The party also adopted consensus model for the ward congress of Saturday.
The Chairman of the Congress Electoral Panel, Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye, at a meeting with party leadership in Osogbo, the state capital, on Friday evening said due process would be followed during the exercise.
Senator Sunday Fajinmi from Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency moved motion for the adoption of the incumbent state Chairman of the party, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, and the endorsement of Oyetola for second term.
The motion was seconded by Hon. George Jolaoye, a former House of Representatives member.
Oyetola and top party faithful in the state including former Deputy Governor, Mrs Titilaoye Laoye Ponle, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Sooko Adeleke Adewoyin who were at the meeting confirmed the adoption of consensus model.
Also, the Senator representing Osun Certral, Dr Basiru Ajibola, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, while speaking on behalf of all legislators in the state, also confirmed the adoption of consensus model for the exercise.
Oyetola said the adoption of consensus was to prevent rancour and appealed to members of the party in the state to conduct themselves peacefully during the process.
The governor said necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety of lives and property across the state before, during and after the Congress.
But the camp of the former governor of the state and Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, said the consensus arrangement was designed to edge out he and his followers from the control of the party structure in the state.
The Secretary of the party, Mr Rasaq Salinsile, and the former Chairman of the party who are in Aregbesola’s camp, said they were not aware of the consensus arrangement.
Also, some APC women and youths staged peaceful protest claiming that Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye Congress Electoral Panel did not carry them along.
The protesters led by Mr Rasheed Raji alleged that Oyetola and Famodun camped the Congress Electoral Panel.
They also claimed that party members did not have access to the panel and Congress materials.
APC Congresses: Ajibulu Wants Oshiomole’s Recall, Backs Southern Governor in Ekiti
Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC), congresses scheduled to hold across the country on Saturday, party stalwart, Chief Segun Ajibulu has called on leaders to exercise restraint before dabbling into what may result into a collosal electoral doom for the party in coming polls.
Ajibulu dropped the hint against the lingering controversies trailing the credibility of the Governor Buni led national caretaker committee of the APC, to conduct foolproof elections.
He also expressed worry on the APC leadership arrangements in Ekiti state, rooting that the next governor should come from the Southern part.
Demands for the dissolution of the current national caretaker committee, peaked with the narrow margined victory of the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the Supreme court yesterday.
The 4 to 3 decision of the judges at the apex court had exposed the legal implications of the Buni led caretaker committee, in conducting unchallengeable elections.
Reacting, Ajibulu advised that the APC, through its leadership tow the safe track by calling back the Adams Oshiomole leadership to midwife pending congresses and elections to lend needed legal teeth to the exercises.
According to him; ” time is of essence and the only way to move with time is to return to status quo. We need to avoid every vindictive strategy that may turn our victory to waste at the electoral tribunals. And to achieve this, we all must be ready to bury the past, discard with ego and work our party to assured victory,” he said.
Ajibulu, who bemoaned the polarisation of the APC in Ekiti state, also called on every warring parties to shielth swords and come together in unity to see APC to victory in the state.
He prevailed on party hierarchy in the state to begin the peace process by zoning the next governorship slot to the South.
According to him, the fact that the southern Ekiti has not produced governor since the creation of the state, is a silent war that no amount of justifications can win.
“If we see ourselves as brothers, if we see ourselves as one, morality demands that we should cede governorship to the South in the coming elections. The governorship has gone round the north and the central sections of Ekiti and it is just fair to now consider the South.
“I also want to call on our politicians from the South to work together and narrow down on one or two persons to represent them and avoid multiple aspirations which result may be counterproductive.
“I believe the southern Ekiti is not in short of credible and knowledgeable politicians who can represent them and lead the state satisfactorily,” he said
2023 Presidency: Tinubu Chases Fayemi Out Of Kano
As Southwest presidential hopefuls begin to seek support across the country, the Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has experienced a shock treatment in Kano.
The Ekiti state governor’s hope of a support base in the populous Northern Nigeria state has been dashed by his political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, himself a Presidential aspirational.
ThePageNews reliably gathered that, in the bid to erect a political base in the state, Fayemi raised a strategic campaign cum lobby group,to penetrate Kano state and establish a noticeable presence, as foundation for a potential massive political platform to work for the actualization of the alleged presidential ambition of the former Minister.
According to ThePageNews source, Fayemi’s men were told in Kano that they should look elsewhere for support for their principal, as major relevant political groups in the state have pledged support for the aspiration of Tinubu.
It was further gathered that, the Fayemi team which refused to give up hope easily, intensified on their lobby, but couldn’t find a headway,as they were told by every group in the state about their allegiance to Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
Our source mentioned that, the Kano area has been locked down politically by the APC leader, Asiwaju, to sustain his presidential ambition of 2023.
It was further gathered that, the move to secure Kano ahead of the 2023 political game, especially as it affects Tinubu’s ambition was strategic.
ThePageNews was told that, because of the population relevance of the state to presidential elections, Tinubu who is a friend to the Kano state governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, has used the influence of the governor to secure,what our source described as a cult followership for Tinubu in the pursuit of his presidential ambition.
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