Afenifere, Ohanaese, ACF, Mid-level Forum, PANDEF join forces
The country’s leading ethnic groups, the Arewa Advisory Forum (ACF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, the Middle Belt Forum and the Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), have united to form a united front ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The Daily Independent concluded that the groups that worked together to chart the way forward for the country could probably support any political party or lend their weight to a key candidate who is genuinely committed to restructuring the country.
While there has always been discord and a growing divide between North and South due to unrest over Nigeria’s restructuring, the gap appears to be closing as President of the Northern Forum of Elders (NEF) Professor Ango Abdullahi all “At the beginning of this week he said the North is ready to restructure Nigeria to make it more profitable.
Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere’s national advertising secretary, confirmed to the Daily Independent on Wednesday that various ethnic groups have worked together and will continue to work ahead of the 2023 general election.
He said: “The groups have worked together and will foster harmony in the interests of a highly fragmented country in terms of restructuring.”
Asked if there will be any alternatives to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Democratic People’s Party (PDP) in 2023, or if Nigerians will be stuck in between, Odumakin said that while both parties are still looming, until 2023 is still other opportunities may arise that can change the political configuration.
“Both sides are still looming on the horizon, but that does not mean there are no other opportunities that could radically change the configuration,” he said.
Odumakin also clarified the charge that Afenifere was in agreement with the cause of the NDP.
According to him, there is no special agreement with the NDP if the agro-industrial complex nominates a serious and sincere candidate for the restructuring of the nation.
“If APC has a strong candidate for restructuring, there is no particular deal with the PDP,” he said.
On another occasion, Odumakin also said that Afenifere did not support Asivaja Bol Tinuba, the national leader of the AKN; Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State or any other non-Yoruba presidential nominee for 2023.
Odumakin, who revealed this during a speech on the online platform Roundtable, also said that the duty overseer of Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, a former vice presidential candidate, still wants to run. to the presidency. in 2023
However, he added that the group did not support anyone.
Bakare compared Tinuba to Jefta in the Bible, saying that he had fought many battles for the Yoruba and “liberated the state of Lagos and almost all of the southwestern states from the onslaught of the NDP from 1999 to 2007.”
However, the message was followed by a mixed reaction, as many wondered why Bakare, who once opposed Tinubu, turned to praise him.
Reacting to the development of events, Odumakin said that those who have the right of the council to express their opinion from the pulpit should be careful in what they say.
“Those who have the right of the cathedral to express strong views from the pulpit of God and whose words are very serious about their parishioners should be careful what they say to those who listen to them,” he said.
He added, “No, there is no doubt that Asivaju is the leader of Yorubaland, but he is not the leader of the Yoruba people. To say that Asiwaju did more for the Yoruba people is controversial. You will not deserve our support because you are a Yoruba person, but we will consider what you stand for.
“At the moment we have not supported anyone. We’re looking at those interested in the presidency in 2023, including Fayemi, Tinuba, and even Bakare himself and other non-Yoruba people.
“The position of each candidate on the issue of restructuring and federalism will determine who will receive our support. Afenifere is not afraid to declare his support for any candidate and party. “
Source: – Independent ng