OndoDecides: “Abuja has prevailed over Tinubu”, Afenifere says

Yinka Odumakin

The Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, considers the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress in the just concluded Ondo governorship election as a blow to Bola Tinubu’s hold on south-west politics, the organisation’s spokesperson has said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Mr. Akeredolu winner on Sunday, having polled 244, 842 to defeat his challengers, mainly Eyitayo Jegede of Peoples Democratic Party with 150,380 votes and Olusola Oke of Alliance for Democracy with 126,889 votes.

This outcome, Afenifere spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday, meant “Abuja has prevailed over the south-west which worked against Akeredolu.”

“And this is going to have implications for future politics of the south-west,” Mr. Odumakin added.Akeredolu1

Pressed to explain what he meant by “Abuja” and ‘south-west” – Mr. Odumakin said that, “the South West APC has a controlling leadership under Tinubu, or by South West I mean the Tinubu caucus which is the majority in the region.”

“And, at the moment, Fashola (Babatunde), Governor Ibikunle Amosun (of Ogun State) and Fayemi (Kayode) do not belong to that group under Tinubu which was opposed to Akeredolu’s emergence.”

He said Afenifere would watch “these implications” as they unfold.

Mr. Akeredolu’s emergence as the candidate of the APC months ago at the expense of several aspirants, including Olusegun Abraham, backed by Mr. Tinubu, had generated crisis which saw aggrieved defeated aspirants petition the party’s appeals panel.

The panel invalidated Mr. Akeredolu’s victory at the primary poll, but the National Working Committee of the party led by John Odigie-Oyegun overruled the panel, provoking a furious Mr. Tinubu to accusehis party of injustice and undemocratic tendencies, and demand Mr. Oyegun’s resignation in a strongly worded letter through which he also renounced the “honorific title” of national leader of the ruling party.

Olusola Oke, Ondo APC Aspirant    Photo by SaharaReporters
Olusola Oke, Ondo AD governorship candidate

But Mr. Odigie-Oyegun, who hit back at Mr. Tinubu and dismissed allegations against him as reckless, has remained in office, apparently backed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Tinubu and his core loyalists, including Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State refused to endorse Mr. Akeredolu and shunned his grand rally attended by Messrs. Buhari, Oyegun, Amosun, Fayemi and Senate President Bukola Saraki in Akure.

One of Mr. Aregbesola’s aides, Bola Ilori led AD’s Mr. Oke’s campaign and many card carrying APC members, citing “injustice” in their party, openly mobilised support for Mr. Oke, fuelling claims Mr. Tinubu backed the AD’s candidate against his own party’s flag bearer.

Mr. Oke joined AD to contest the election after he lost in the APC primary. But despite the support he had from APC members in the south-west, he came distant third leaving over 100 thousand votes between himself and Mr. Akeredolu who faced abandonment by his own party members and leaders in the region.

In his victory speech, Mr. Akeredolu thanked Mr. Buhari, Mr. Oyegun whom he called “our indefatigable and principled chairman”, and “loyal” governors – subtly hitting at his APC governors in the south-west allegedly involved in anti-party activities.

However, hours after Mr. Akeredolu was officially declared winner by INEC, Mr. Tinubu congratulated the governor-elect and noted his “persistence and perseverance”.

The governor-elect first contested the Ondo governorship election in 2012, fully backed by Mr. Tinubu, but came third, trailing Mr. Oke of PDP then, and the outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who then used Labour to clinch a second term.

Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu

In his reaction, Mr. Tinubu also extended congratulations to Mr. Buhari whom he called “the national leader of the party whose stature and dignity helped guide the APC to another victory…”

Mr. Ambode also congratulated Mr. Akeredolu, just after Mr. Tinubu’s reaction on Sunday, and charged the governor-elect to pursue unity of Yoruba through regional integration and economic transformation of the south-west. But Mr. Aregbesola has not issued any public reaction as at the time of filing this report.

The Afenifere and Mr. Tinubu have been on divergent paths since the latter’s tenure as Lagos governor.

Afenifere was the socio-cultural organisation behind the AD in 1999, as Egbe Omo Oduduwa was for the Action Group led by late Obafemi Awolowo in the 1950s.

However, the group did not back the AD candidate in the Ondo election because of the perceived support Mr. Oke enjoyed from Mr. Tinubu.


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  • MO the Observer

    lol

    • breaking’news

      “Yet while some progress has been made fighting terrorism and
      corruption, Buhari’s rigid leadership style has made the country’s economic
      problems harder to solve. Africa and the world cannot afford a failing economy
      in the continent’s most populous nation. Yet that is exactly what Nigeria might
      be getting: Its economy is on track to shrink by 1.7 percent this year, the
      official unemployment rate has more than doubled over the last two years, and
      inflation is at an 11-year high.”

      ……………..BLOOMBERG

      (November 28, 2016)

  • No Comment

    “Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his group
    were warned of the possible outcome of the gamble and the gambit deployed in
    producing the Buhari Presidency. Tinubu was so blinded by the pursuit of power
    that he failed to take cognisance of the lessons of history and take caution.

    Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu hid under the cover of the Jonathan tragedy to bring
    back to power an ethnic oligarchy that has held Nigeria hostage for over five
    decades. In doing this, he spent money, energy, skills, goodwill, time, sweat
    and put in everything he got to ensure the success of the coalition he put
    together.

    His hope of getting positioned for greater influence in the run of things
    was dashed by those he has helped back to power, because as in the nature of
    this ethnic oligarchy, they are not the type that shares “control and domination”
    with anyone, not even the best of their friends, as history has shown and events
    have continued to validate”.

    ………………..Remi Oyeyemi

    (June 15th, 2015)

    • James Ojapa

      Lol. Tinubu’s downfall started from Kogi. Lol lol lol. This Kogi na wa o

    • Jay

      Mr Remi Oyeyemi is a goat. Would it have been possible the south hold on to power in a democracy in Nigeria? What development did Obasanjo and GEJ that did a combined 12yrs tenure bring to the south and its teeming suffering population just like you have in the north? It’s high time you all stopped all the deceit of tribal politics that proceeds only end up in few pockets while the masses continue to suffer.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        NB. Miss Remi Oyeyemi is a thin skinned phlebian, not male.

        • Jay

          Wow! I had a long Twitter spat with her sometime ago over one of (his) numerous dungs called opinion articles, all those while thinking I was doing that with a male. A woman is filled with such bile? Is she married? If yes, I pity the hubby.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Lol

            My spat with her actually started with her on Disqus and spilled over onto Twitter.

            That was when I learnt she’s an opinionated and very uncouth female. Rather than stick to debating her points she resorted to personal abuses and egged on other misdirected individuals to do same.

            As to a hubby, he he he, I am struggling to contain my mirth, he hee he

    • aisha ani

      Tinubu’s biggest problem is greed.

    • OGK

      Oyeyemi’s thought is corrupted. No one has noticed him. Mischievous of you to be quoting him. He’s utterly frustrated, but his opinion suits your warped mind.

  • absam777

    Another rubbish statement.. As a matter of fact they should be thanking Tinubu if the allegation of supporting Oke is true. If Oke did not contest and the battle was between APC and PDP, there is no guarantee that APC would have won. You only need to add AD and PDP votes to work out the real winner. APC did not perform very well and only have the PDP faction issue to thank for the embarrassment that Buhari would had suffered.

    • Raymondian

      ………good piece and the truth well articulated. Thanks for the info.

  • Pat

    Afenifere has failed and no more qualify to speak for Yoruba nation. The group is known for using tribalism in national politics just for the selfish interest of their members. They will always shout, shout, and later compromise the course they are shouting for through a sell out called “alliance.” Tinubu has proved himself to be a credible Yoruba and national leader. Without someone like Tinubu in this dispensation, Yorubas would have been rendered to background in Nigeria politics. Afenifere just enjoy being a tribal voice for personal enrichment of their members. Tinubu might not be right all time, as human, and he may not get things in his favor at all time, he knows how to move on, forgetting the past for the betterment of his people.

  • Victor

    Odumakin still trying to find relevance by trying playing devil’s advocate. Ever since their decision to back Jona backfired spectacularly, afenifere has been trying to find it’s bearing. Tinubu is a clever politician, he’ll make peace and then strike when the iron is hot

    • Benny

      Bullcrap! What made Tinubu clever or you just want to massage his ego? The guy was roundly and soundly demystified by the Abuja goons led by El-Rufai and nothing he could do than to plead for his life as the Daura DSS and EFCC are waiting on the wings to unleash their fangs on him. Watch this space! Those who own the country are in charge!

      • princegab

        Bullcrap, you will be disappointed.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    What is their problem with that, did they not backed Jegede of the PDP? Abuja or not ,it’s APC that won.

    • Company man

      Good, It is the mainstream of APC that won not Afenifere nor Tinubu branch of APC.

  • NOI sucks

    Odumakin is trying too hard. He needs to keep his mouth shut, after selling out to pdpigs in th last election, Afeniferere is just one hungry club. Leave Tinubu out of your woes. Odumakin is fraud .

  • Dazmillion

    Jonathan totally corrupted Afenifere, even their elders went mad with dollars.

    • evidence

      Same way Tinubu corrupted APC delegates ‎by doubling dollars Atiku and Kwankwaso offered and handing Buhari the presidential ticket. 
      Leave Jonathan out your mindless slavish existence and face your so called national leader that has been schemed into political oblivion. ‎

      • aisha ani

        I bet Tinubu thought Buhari would not last this long and did not bargain for the “Abuja coalition”.

        • evidence

          Tinubu is a poor student of history or maybe he thought he was smarter than Awolowo, Afonja, Akintola and Abiola that were used and dumped by the north.

          • Rommel

            You people give too much credit to people who do not deserve it, where is this smartness of the north?

      • Dazmillion

        I see you are still suffering from JONATITIES DEMENTIA

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    When they were going cap in hand to Abuja to collect dollars from Jonathan nobody looked there way, and with all the dollars PDP lost badly in South-West to show that Afenifere has no influence in Yoruba land. Let them leave Tinubu alone and focus on their diminishing status

  • Julius

    This is politica guys. !!

  • OGK

    Afenifere ko, Afenifebi ni. The so-called organisation has had its soul ripped out by money. The group’s leaders sold out their conscience to Jonathan. Odumakin is the best loser. The former Buhari’s secretary miscalculated and dumped sai baba and now he is venting his frustration on Tinubu. Whether they like it or not, Tinubu, rather than the likes of False is our leader.

    • Kekedu

      Afenifebi? Loooooooools

  • serubawon70

    Afenifowo should be scrapped before they sell away what is left of the honour of Yoruba leadership.

  • Niyi Akinlabu

    Let them scrap this tribal-centric, AFENIFE-NAIRA community associations. These same idiots that endorsed a candidate in Ondo elections are not talking about their own loss.

    • Kekedu

      You will live long.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        And you too. Amen!

    • princegab

      Lord of mercy, boy you hit ’em hard.
      Nothing but the truth.

    • ebong

      I salute your courage.

  • Debaptist

    Busy body, are they members of APC now? Why take panadol for another man’s headache.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      See me trouble o, my brother!

  • princegab

    APC and pmb should be grateful to Tinubu’s actions , what led to the diversion of a chunk of pdp voters to AD. Reason for aketi’s victory. These voters are more likely to support APC than any other party in the future. Afenifere menders of today are politically blind.

  • Water No Get Enemy

    Odumakin is a rouble rouser who always want to be seen and heard,he should mind his business and stop creating discord and disenchantment among APC members.

  • tundemash
  • Senator D

    Odumakin abeg go siddon jare…Can there be smoke without flames? Well we have decided to “ignore” those rumour mongers from PDP and Wailing wailers spreading the false “Frosty Relationship” between the Presidency and Jagaban…What are you trying to insinuate here?