As the 2023 presidential election gathers steam, Afenifere helmsman, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, says the group is supporting the candidature of Peter Obi (Labour Party) because the Igbo ethnic group of Nigeria has been marginalised for so long.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Pa Adebanjo who said he shares in the grievances of Igbo people seeking to break away from Nigeria posited that an individual of Southeast extraction should rightfully emerge as Nigeria’s next president.
“Before the political parties conducted their primaries, a journalist asked what is my view about the 2023 general election? I answered and said the country should be restructured before the general election, and he followed up by asking if there should be an election, which zone should the presidency come from? And I unhesitatingly said, of course, the South-East,” Pa Adebanjo said in a press conference on Monday.
“We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalise and exclude them from the power dynamic.
“Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and to back; he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office.
“We will not compromise this principle of justice, equity and inclusiveness because one of our own Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC) is a frontline candidate.”