The pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, has stated that the South West would like to vote for a presidential candidate who would push for the restructuring of the nation, over the prospect of a 2023 presidency.
Talking to Day by day Solar yesterday Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, stated the All Progressives Congress (APC) is deceiving the South West by promising them the 2023 presidency, a promise the social gathering additionally made to the South East.
Odumakin stated Yoruba will vote for restructuring over the prospect of a 2023 presidency as a result of it’s the solely situation wherein the zone can quickly develop.
He accused these promising the South West the 2023 presidency of selfishness, and added that the actual fact President Muhammadu Buhari comes from Katsina has not saved the state from insecurity; as such, Yoruba don’t have anything a lot to achieve from having the presidency.
Odumakin stated: “I guarantee you that even probably the most illiterate of South West voters perceive what restructuring is as a result of they lived their lives when the Western Area had autonomy.
“They do not forget that we had the primary tv station; beneath federalism. They know that if Pa Awolowo needed to go to Abuja to get a license for a tv station, the South West would in all probability not have had the primary station. They know what it means to have free schooling, however, Yoruba individuals at the moment are beggars beneath this association.
“Yoruba voters desire restructuring, which might velocity up improvement as an alternative of a 2023 South West presidency which is definitely an influence seize for a couple of individuals.
“The 2023 promise of a South West presidency is simply in regards to the presidential ambitions of Tinubu, (Vice President Yemi) Osinbajo and (Babatunde) Fashola. President Buhari is from Katsina, but, the governor of his state, Bello Masari, lately stated Katisna has develop into inhabitable as a result of it has been overrun by armed bandits.
“Why has Katisna as an entire not benefitted from the truth that their son is the president? This current presidential construction can’t profit anyone besides those that are stealing cash, shopping for banks, telecom firms, airways and people who, 5 years in the past couldn’t afford N2, 000 for transport fare however at the moment are billionaires.”
Earlier, Lagos State Director Normal of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Marketing campaign, Moshood Salvador, accused former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Afenifere of deceiving the South West with the promise of restructuring.
Talking at his Lagos residence, yesterday, Salvador alleged the PDP presidential candidate is insincere and is utilizing the promise of restructuring the nation as a ploy to get South West votes.
He additionally criticized Afenifere, for endorsing Atiku’s candidacy.
“It isn’t within the energy of Atiku to implement restructuring; he can solely lie to make use of it to get votes from the South West.
“After promising that he’ll restructure if he wins, after six months, he’ll inform the nation that it could not be potential to name for a referendum as a result of the Nationwide Meeting is just not able to set itself apart. Atiku is aware of that restructuring is just not potential however he’s simply saying it to get votes. These are the type of lies that politicians are identified for.
“When these previous males from the South West, who’re pushing for restructuring have been a lot youthful, what did they do? The one which joined politics on the age of 27 is now over 90. They didn’t obtain restructuring after they have been youthful, is it now that they’re above 90 that they suppose they’ll obtain it?
We agree that restructuring is a southern agenda, however, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was there for eight years and he didn’t do restructuring as a result of he is aware of the reality, which is that it isn’t potential.
“Goodluck Jonathan was there for 5 years and he didn’t do restructuring. All he was involved about was oil derivation; which was extra essential to the South South the place he got here from.
“How come it’s now the South West that’s championing the difficulty of restructuring which everyone knows that’s troublesome to realize?
“Even when we would like a referendum, the Nationwide Meeting must be put aside, however, are they able to be put aside?
“No. Even when the Nationwide Meeting is able to be put aside and we’re requested to make use of our voter’s card to vote for or in opposition to a problem on floor, we might nonetheless not win as a result of restructuring is a southern agenda. The zone would lose because the three northern zones have extra registered voters than the three southern zones. As soon as you understand that this is able to be very troublesome to realize, you don’t push your individuals out to agitate.
“What it’s essential do is to strategise and carry different northern states alongside in order that they’d know the benefits of restructuring.”
In October 2018, Afenifere, Ohanaeze N’digbo and the Pan Niger Delta Discussion board (PANDEF) indicated their resolve to mobilise help for the presidential candidate of any political social gathering that is able to restructure Nigeria.
On its half, Ohanaeze N’digbo, the apex socio-political physique of the Igbo, additionally stated it could vote for any presidential candidate who confirmed a “honest” intention to restructure Nigeria on assuming workplace, a sentiment PANDEF Nationwide Secretary, Dr. Alfred Mulade, stated they shared
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