Keyamo: Tinubu is not to blame for the Afenifere crisis
Festus Keyamo, a campaign spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress, stated that it would be unjust for anyone to attribute the current problem affecting the leadership of the Pan-Yoruba organisation Afenifere to Bola Tinubu's visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Two weeks ago, Tinubu paid an unannounced visit to Fasoranti at his home in Akure, the seat of Ondo State, and got the old wise man's support.
The former governor of Lagos State's visit was criticized by Afenifere's "acting" leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, who said it was an intentional attempt to split the group.
Only 24 hours after Tinubu's visit, an incensed Adebanjo, who had previously endorsed Peter Obi as the Labour Party's presidential candidate, airs his anger on the popular Channels Television program "Politics Today."
He said, “Nothing is going on other than an attempt to split Afenifere to which I will not be a party. It is a sort of conspiracy among those who want to see Afenifere divided. They have been on this plan for over a month and my members came to me to alert me about it and I said, ‘Don’t talk about it. It would be a diversion’. All we want now is an election on issues.”
Keyamo, who talked confidentially to our correspondent in response to the claim that his principal's visit caused the group's issue, claimed there was not a shred of truth in the article.
He said, “The real reason for Afenifere’s wrangling is Pa Adebanjo who rushed to endorse a candidate without proper consultation in the organisation to which he belongs.
“The fact that you are made deputy leader does not make you a dictator. I had listened to him in one of his interviews saying ‘That’s not how we do it’. How do they do it? That one person sits and takes a profound decision like that without talking to anyone or your fellow elders within the same organisation?
“Pa Adebanjo should tell the entire Nigeria who and who he spoke with within Afenifere that gave him the go-ahead to endorse Obi. It is down to just bias and sheer hatred for Asiwaju. That’s all. That was exactly what pushed him to make mistake.”
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