“Papa Ayo Adebanjo Does Not Speak For Afenifere”- Tinubu criticizes Ayo Adebanjo For Endorsing Peter Obi
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, condemned Pa Ayo Adebanjo, elder Yoruba Statesman for saying that the pan-Yoruba sociocultural group Afenifere has endorsed Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP).
In a statement released by Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Tinubu said that Adebanjo, in his capacity as Acting Leader, had transformed Afenifere into his “personal estate.”
Adebanjo, as an individual, cannot be compared to Afenifere, insisted Tinubu.
“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 no where Afenifere, as we know it, met and took a decision to adopt Peter Obi as a candidate for 2023 presidential election.
“We respect the age of Baba Adebanjo, but he cannot turn Afenifere into his personal franchise for any political alliance.
“We are very much aware that Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the real leader of Afenifere, had stated clearly that Pa Adebanjo has always been speaking for himself on many national issues using the name of the group.
“It is our well considered position that Pa Adebanjo cannot appropriate Afenifere. Baba is just an individual who is free to support any politician of his choice. As an individual, he cannot equate himself with the socio-cultural and socio-political organisation,” the statement read.