The Ekiti State chapter of a Yoruba political and cultural organisation, Afenifere, noted that the selfishness of few of its members was responsible for the purported endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term of office. The chapter’s spokesman, Ibidapo Awojolu, on Monday, said “we are of the opinion that Afenifere cannot afford to lead its members and the Yoruba nation to endorse any candidate based on mere sentiments and selfish interests of a few”.
The organisation’s hierarchy, led by Rueben Fasoranti, recently, in Akure, Ondo State, declared support for Jonathan’s re-election bid. The convocation of a national conference and the willingness of the Jonathan administration to implement its outcomes is why the Akure group said it endorsed the president.
Disagreeing, Awoloju stated that the Akure decision was hasty. “For now, we are still studying the programmes of the various political parties and their candidates. Our position would be made known later.
“The February 14 presidential election is too important for the future of our country and its people and any decision on it could only be taken after a careful analysis of the situation on ground coupled with extensive consultation.”
Awoloju said his chapter’s dissociation is in spite of their respect for Fasoranti.
Similary, Afenifere’s offshoot, the Afenifere Renewal Group and, the Ogun State chapter of Afenifere itself, have condemned and separated themselves from the political endorsement.
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