Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural organisation has refuted claims that it had endorsed the 2023 presidential aspiration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The group in a statement issued on Wednesday said that it was in mourning over the death of its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin who died last weekend as it rebuked the Tinubu canvasser, Senator Dayo Adeyeye for violating the mourning mood of the group.
The Afenifere rebuttal follows claims by the leader of the South West Agenda, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, to the claim that the group had secured Afenifere’s endorsement of Tinubu through its immediate past leader, Pa Ruben Fasoranti.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that Pa Fasoranti had endorsed the 2023 presidential aspiration of Tinubu when Senator Adeyeye led his group to meet the immediate past Afenifere leader.
Fasoranti recently handed over to Chief Ayo Adebanjo on account of old age.
How Afenifere Denied Endorsing Tinubu
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that Chief Adebanjo, the new Afenifere leader, has repeatedly claimed prior to his ascension as Afenifere leader that Tinubu would not win the election upon sundry political and geopolitical reasons.
Denying the claim that it had endorsed Tinubu’s aspiration, Afenifere in a statement on Wednesday issued by its Director of Communications, Sola Lawal, the group said members were still in mourning over Odumakin’s death as it had suspended on all activities in his honour.
Afenifere also suspended the April meeting of the group in asserting its claim that it could not have endorsed Tinubu.
Afenifere observed that 96-year-old Pa Fasoranti had handed over to Adebanjo having taken a “deserved rest when he formally handed over to Chief Ayo Adebanjo three weeks ago after leading the group for 12 years and so the former couldn’t have spoken for Afenifere during the SWAGA visit to his Akure home.”
Observing that the group had “temporarily halted all activities in honour of Odumakin who is still lying in the morgue, cold and lonely”.
“The Adeyeye foray into Afenifere space at this period of huge loss and intense mourning is disrespectful , insensitive and unwarranted,” Lawal added.
“Being a former Afenifere top notch and, infact , Odumakin’s immediate predecessor in office as spokesperson for Afenifere, Adeyeye should cease all activities and join us in mourning at this trying times.”