Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has acknowledged that the acting leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo has the right as an individual to endorse any of the presidential candidate but has no authority to drag the group into such personal decision.
Reacting to the claim by Pa Adebanjo that Afenifere has endorsed the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC), warned that no single individual, irrespective of his position can turn Afenifere into his personal estate, much less Adebanjo that is just an Acting Leader.
In a statement today, September 26 by Director of Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, the APC flag bearer stressed that, as an individual, Adebanjo cannot equate himself with the socio-cultural and socio-political organisation.
“Papa Ayo Adebanjo does not speak for Afenifere. He is free as an individual to support anyone he likes, in furtherance of his democratic right.
“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 Peter Obi as a candidate for 2023 presidential election.
“We respect the age of Baba Adebanjo, but he cannot 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 organisation.”