Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has restated support for the presidential ambition of Labour Party’s Peter Obi, saying it won’t compromise its cherished principles of justice, equity and inclusiveness to support Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress who is of Yoruba descent or Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party who is an Hausa man.
Afenifere’s leader, Ayo Adebanjo, made this known during a press conference held at the Wheatbaker Hotel in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
“The South-West has produced a president and currently sits as vice-president, the South-South has spent a total of six years in the presidency but the Igbo people of the South-East have never tasted presidency in Nigeria, and now that the power is due back in the South, equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo.
“We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalize 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 is a frontline candidate.’’
94-year-old Adebanjo, who defended his group’s position maintained that Nigeria’s next president should come from the South-East to keep the country together and quell dissenting voices along the lines of secession.