2023: Tinubu Attacks Afenifere Leader For Supporting Peter Obi

By Damilare Adeleye

The Presidential Campaign Council for the All Progressive Congress (APC) standard-bearer, Bola Tinubu, has slammed the leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, over claim that Afenifere has backed Mr Peter Obi of Labour Party for the 2023 presidential poll.

Before now, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Jare Ajayi, had in a statement on July 23, said Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC “will only give continuity to Buhari’s incompetence. We know Peter Obi very well, that is why we endorse him”.

Reacting to the development in a statement issued on Saturday by Bayo Onanuga, director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Tinubu accused Pa Adebanjo of turning Afenifere into his personal property.

He described Adebanjo as the leader of ‘Ohanifere Venture’, insisting that an individual, cannot equate himself with the socio-cultural and socio-political organisation.

The statement read in parts, “Papa Ayo Adebanjo does not speak for Afenifere. He is free as an individual to support anyone he likes, in furtherance of his democratic right.

“We know for a fact that Baba has turned Afenifere into his personal estate as acting leader. We are also certain that there was nowhere Afenifere, as we know it, met and took a decision to adopt Peter Obi as a candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

“We respect the age of Baba Adebanjo, but he cannot turn Afenifere into his personal franchise for any political alliance”.