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The leader of the pan Yoruba group Afenifere Ayo Adebanjo has said the group has decided to support the presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi during the upcoming 2023 presidential election for equity and inclusiveness.

The Yoruba Chieftain said during an online radio interview that Obi will rule independently without the influences of criminals in the government, he further stated that Tinubu will continue the “incompetence of Buhari”.

“The current President is a Fulani from the Northwest and by virtue of the zoning arrangement that has governed Nigeria since 1999, power is supposed to return to the south imminently,” said Mr Adebanjo, 94.

“The southwest as I have pointed out has produced a president and currently sits as VP, the South-South has spent a total of6 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 back, he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office.”

Adebanjo has clarified that the decision to back Peter Obi was in line with the ideologies of the group.

The Afenifere leader said, the decision to support Obi was in line with that of the defunct Action Group (AG), which upheld strong advocacy for federalism as the best form of government to give the federating units the requisite atmosphere to thrive and peacefully compete among themselves for the ultimate development of the country.

But Adebanjo insisted that Afenifere was known for its social welfarist ideology of the defunct Action Group founded by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, noting that backing of Obi, who hails from the South East as the next president of Nigeria, was Afenifere’s modest contribution to shaping Nigeria into a federation, where no person or ethnic nationality is oppressed.

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