Pan Yoruba group, Afenifere (Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba), on Tuesday, asked all Yorubas to go all out to vote President Muhammadu Buhari and all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election.
This mandate followed a voice vote by attendees at a Pan Yoruba summit held at the University of Ibadan, in favour of a motion for the reelection of Buhari moved by Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye and other Afenifere leaders across the six states of the South West.
With Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and National Leader, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Fasanmi present, the motion moved by Durojaiye (Ogun) was seconded by Prince Tajudeen Olusi (Lagos), including Professor Bayonile Ademodi (Ondo), Chief S. M. Akindele (Oyo); Elder Yemi Alade (Ekiti) and Mr Sooko Adewoyin (Osun).
The motion moved went thus, “I, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, on behalf of the entire members of Afenifere (Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba) move a motion that in view of obvious facts that the manifesto and track records of the All Progressives Congress (APC) capture, approximate and reflect the core values and virtues of disciplined conduct, wisdom, live and let live, welfare of the masses.
“All of which amount to Omoluabi and which the foremost National leader from Yoruba land, our sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo of blessed memory preached and the practice’s with the Action Group slogan of freedom and life more abundant for all.
“Compared with the manifestos and track records of other political parties that we the people of South West Nigeria and environs and all Yoruba’s everywhere, male and female, young and old, believers and others, go all out to support and vote for all the candidates of APC in the forthcoming nationwide election especially the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.”
Others who avowed their support for Buhari’s reelection were National leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, represented by Mr Demola Seriki; deputy governors, Mr Moses Adeyemo (Oyo), Mrs Yetunde Onanuga (Ogun), Mr Bisi Egbeyemi, Mrs Oluranti Adebule (Lagos); governor representatives, Professor Bayo Ademodi (Ondo) and Mr Charles Akinola (Osun); and APC Women Leader in South West, Mrs Kemi Nelson.
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In his remarks, Osinbajo said the current federal government had not deprived the South West of what it was entitled to, urging Yorubas to vote Buhari to sustain its prime position in the nation’s affairs.
He said this evident in siting of rail, road, power and agricultural projects by the Buhari government in the South West.
If reelected, Osinbajo assured of government’s commitment to integrity, serious fiscal prudence and fair governance, restructuring, devolution of power and ensuring states have more powers.
Osinbajo warned Yorubas against losing their prime position in government by voting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who offered a position lower than Vice President currently occupied by a Yoruba person.
The summit also saw Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi deliver a lecture titled, “Restructuring for Harmonious and Optimal Socio-Economic Development: Prospects and Challenges.”
Adetunmbi stressed the need for leaders and the led to show sufficient self-restraint, commitment and loyalty to the course of development of the nation.
He also noted the need for the South West to build consensus and be determined to push for true federalism in Nigeria.
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