Ayo Adebanjo, an Afenifere chieftain, has countered reasons given by Pa Reuben Fasoranti for his resignation as the group’s leader on Sunday. Fasoranti, in his letter, cited old age and disloyalty among the socio-cultural organisation’s members, particularly its youth. “Considering my age, efforts and selfless dedication to my country, my state (Ondo), my political parties, my past leaders and my members in Afenifere both in Nigeria and in Diaspora, I hereby wish to inform you all that I have decided to step aside as leader of our great organization Afenifere”, Fasoranti wrote. He lamented the missed opportunity at actualising the organisation’s goals, saying that “Several efforts were made to ensure the actualization of the Afenifere goals, but it appeared that we have not succeeded in achieving this.”
Contradicting Fasoranti, Abedanjo told the NATION old age was rather the reason the former resigned. “He (Fasoranti) is old. He is 89. That is why he resigned. Papa (Adekunle) Ajasin and (Abraham) Adesanya did not attain that ripe old age. Pa Fasoranti said the youths don’t listen to elders again and that they behave as they like. When Ajasin was weak, he asked Adesanya to act. When Adesanya took ill, we appointed him (Fasoranti) as leader. There is nothing unusual about his resignation. We have no crisis. The man has been sick of late. He just left the hospital a few days ago. The job is rigorous. We hold a lot of meetings. Go and read his statement,” Adebanjo said.