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2023: Adebanjo ‘Attacked’ Over Support For Peter Obi

The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APCPCC) has berated Afenifere leader Pa Ayo Adebanjo for declaring support for Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi. 

The council, through its director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, in a statement on Saturday, accused the elder statesman of attempting to turn the pan-Yoruba sociocultural association into his personal estate and using same to canvass support for Obi.

According to the council, Pa Adebanjo does not speak for Afenifere and is free as an individual to support anyone he likes, in furtherance of his democratic rights.

“We know for a fact that Baba has turned Afenifere into his personal estate as Acting Leader. We are also certain that there was nowhere Afenifere, as we know it, met and took a decision to adopt Mr. Peter Obi as a candidate for 2023 presidential election.

“We respect the age of Baba Adebanjo but he can not turn Afenifere into his personal franchise for any political alliance.

“We are very much aware that Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the real leader of Afenifere had stated clearly that Pa Adebanjo has always been speaking for himself on many national issues using the name of the group.

“It is our well considered position that Pa Adebanjo cannot appropriate Afenifere. Baba is just an individual who is free to support any politician of his choice. As an individual, he cannot equate himself with the socio-cultural and socio-political organization”, the council stated

This article was originally published on Naija News

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  1. The igbo will think this response an insult to Pa Adebanjo but the Yoruba will think it a “constructive” respect to Pa Adebanjo. The igbo thinks it an insult because Yoruba thinks Igbo should be at all times a respecter of the elderly but here Yoruba is not doing exactly same that Yoruba demands of igbo: logical contradiction is an insult to an Igbo but a sentimental contradiction is an insult to a Yoruba. Pa Adebanjo had consistently said that par equity and fairness it is the igbo (P Obi) that merited 2023 presidency from the South that’s all. Almost 99.9% of think Pa Adebanjo is respecting Afenifere (Yoruba) by that, here today we hear a Yoruba saying no not all because Pa Adebanjo is known to be self-opinionated even at his old age in Yoruba. If Adebanjo had supported Tinubu instead of Obi, Yoruba would not see that as self-opinionated and Igbo would lampoone Tinubu for committing logical equity/fairness contradiction, but then we also note that the igbo since before endorsement of Obi by Adebanjo had been condemning Tinubu for same exact reason, so since it is Yoruba that is bound to be shifting positions like air, we conclude that Yoruba is sentimental and so likely to find sentimental contradiction as evidence of insult.

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