The pan Yoruba group, Afenifere has condemned in the strongest terms, the acts of ethnic violence deployed by some politicians and their hired criminal gangs in several parts of the federation during the gubernatorial election particularly in Lagos State where the election was made to appear like an inter-ethnic war between the Yoruba and Igbo which greatly led to voters’ suppression and other forms of deliberate disenfranchisement.
Afenifere also reiterated its position that the February 25 presidential election was characterized by all forms of primitive manipulations and noncompliance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2022.
The group went ahead to state that the Yoruba and Igbo are not on war, rather it was the handwork of some political rascals. Afenifere stated these in a press release issued at the end of their monthly general meeting of the Afenifere held at the residence of its leader, Ayo Adebanjo, at Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State, on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
The statement signed by Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere and Sola Ebiseni, secretary of Afenifere, after its regular monthly general meeting on March 28, 2023 stated that after intensive deliberations on the state of the Nigerian Federation, the meeting attended by delegates from the member states of our Organization observed and resolved based on information they have that Peter Obi won the Presidential election and not Bola Ahmed Tinubu which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced as the president-elect.
Part of the resolutions of Afenifere as contained in their press release reads; “That Afenifere reiterate our position that the Presidential election held on the 25th of February 2023 was characterized by all forms of primitive manipulations and noncompliance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Guidelines and Regulations of the Electoral Act 2022.
“Reiterate that the results of the lawful votes at the Presidential election available to the Afenifere through credible sources confirm that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, won the said election and we, thus, support his decision challenging the contrary declaration by the INEC.
“Re-assert that for equity, fairness, national cohesion and peaceful corporate existence, the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be person of its southern part and specifically the South-East.
“We restate our position that in accordance with the hallowed Yoruba culture of civilized conduct, Afenifere assure all persons resident in Yorubaland, indigenes and non-indigenes, of protection in the conduct of their lawful duties and thus warn all threats mongers and merchants of violence to desist henceforth from the evil agenda.
“We express our belief in the judiciary as an integral part of the democratic process and expect that it proves itself in the election litigations now pending before it without fear or favor and in accordance with the judicial oaths of its members, in covenant with the Nigerian people.
“We call on the President and Government of Nigeria to restore the patriotic confidence and hope of the Nigerian people in the continued corporate existence of the federation which will guaranty their safety throughout Nigeria.
“We appreciate the genuine and renewed interests of the international community in the security and democratic health of Nigeria and urge that as a prominent member of the global community, the affairs of Nigeria should continue to be of concern to the world,” the statement concluded.
Afenifere was formed as a socio-cultural organization for the Yoruba people of Nigeria, which stand for fairness, equity and transparent.
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