Few days to February 16 presidential election, the apex pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere has reaffirmed its endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
The group said its decision to back Atiku against incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was because of the promise by the PDP candidate to restructure the country and run an inclusive government.
Buhari, who is seeking a re-election under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been accused of nepotism, tribalism and said to be uninterested in the call for Nigeria to be restructured.
A faction of the Afenifere has since declared support for him, while another endorsed Atiku.
However, in a communiqué issued Monday night, signed by Chief R. F Fasoranti OFR, Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Olu Falae GCON and Senator (Dr) Femi Okurounmi CON and made available to newsmen, the Yoruba group, re-emphasised their support for Atiku.
The communiqué which was issued at the end of a meeting at the residence Pa Fasoranti in Akure, Ondo State, the leaders of the group said, “That we affirm the Resolution of the Leaders of Nigeria, consisting of the leadership of Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum endorsing the candidacy of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar GCON, Former Vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his running mate, Mr Peter Obi and recommending them to Nigerians in the Presidential election on 16th February 2019.
“The above endorsement is based on the following reasons:
“i. Shared commitment to restructuring Nigeria to guaranty true federalism.
“ii Need to promote the feelings of inclusiveness and sense of belonging amongst Nigerians and promote much desired national patriotism and unity.
“iii. The need to promote economic growth and prosperity.
“iv. Need to address the present insecurity in the nation and engender genuine security of lives and property.
“We are not unmindful of some impostors parading themselves as AFENIFERE holding meetings and endorsing General Muhammad Buhari to continue in office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in spite of his incompetence, cluelessness, nepotism, tribalism, religious bigotry, ill-health and glaring mental incapacity. These pretenders are doubtlessly not AFENIFERE members but, as usual, only dubiously seeking to exploit the goodwill and reputation of AFENIFERE to market their bad political product.
“Their desperation in this regard is exemplified in the fraudulent printing of campaign posters in the name and picturing Ambassador Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu as endorsing Buhari and Osinbajo, which she has since disclaimed.
“The AFENIFERE hereby calls on Nigerians and all Yoruba people, in particular, to come out enmasse and vote for the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party and to protect their votes in the interest of good governance and life more abundant for all Nigerians.”