The dispute shaking the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation took a new turn when the group’s leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, slammed the acting leader, Ayo Adebanjo, for criticising the Supreme Court’s decision on President Bola Tinubu’s victory.
While distancing Afenifere from the communiqué signed by Adebanjo and the group’s Secretary-General, Sola Ebiseni, Fasoranti maintained that the mainstream Yoruba organisation had congratulated Tinubu on his electoral and judicial successes.
The Fasoranti faction claimed that the presence of “Labour Party elements” fostered the split inside Afenifere.
In a communiqué issued at the end of its monthly regular meeting held at Isanya-Ogbo, Ogun State, the country home of Adebanjo, the verdict of the Supreme Court was said to have ratified the “brigandage” of the February 25, 2023 polls.
In a statement, Fasoranti, who expressed displeasure with the development, stated that some individuals with ulterior motivations were attempting to bring the premier organisation into shame, which he described as a misadventure.
Fasoranti emphasised that he was still the group’s leader, while Adebanjo was the acting leader.
“The attention of the Leader of Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, OFR, and other leaders of the apex Yoruba body has been drawn to a communiqué purportedly released in the name of Afenifere by the General Secretary, Chief Sola Ebiseni, where Afenifere is said to fault the Supreme Court judgement upholding Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s election as the President of Nigeria.
“This is far from the truth about Afenifere’s leadership position on the matter. It is merely an unfortunate misadventure of some Labour Party elements within the Afenifere fold who would rather drag the body’s reputation in the mud to achieve whatever sinister and seditious end they might have concocted.
“Let it be on record that the Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, OFR, and other Afenifere leaders are not privy to such an ignominious press release, did not authorise it, and do not subscribe to the seditious act such may portend.
“We are unequivocal in reiterating that Pa Ayo Adebanjo is the Acting Leader, who, in the natural and traditional order of Afenifere, is expected to defer to his leader, who appointed him, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, OFR, without reservations.
“To do otherwise is to tread such an ignoble path in national discourse, as this unfortunate release reveals.”
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