We are not party to President Jonathan’s endorsement – Afenifere group

FILE PHOTO: President Jonathan at PDP Rally in Ibadan

The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, has condemned the use of its insignia to support President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid, adding that it is not a party to the endorsement.

In a statement in Lagos Wednesday, the group said that the use of ‘Afenifere’ to promote Mr. Jonathan is fraudulent and an attempt to deceive the Yoruba people.

“It has come to our notice that some broadcast stations are using ARG’s name and logo to promote the said endorsement,” said Kunle Famoriyo, ARG’s Publicity Secretary.

“This is fraudulent and we wish to advice media houses to be wary of such fraudulent promoters especially now that public interest must be defended by the media.”

Another group, Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-political group, had on Tuesday in Akure endorsed Mr. Jonathan for a second term in office.

According to the group, the endorsement was necessary to enable the President complete his “transformation agenda.”

“Afenifere is a socio-political association. We have always spoken out our minds on any matter that affects our country,” Seinde Arogbola, the group’s National Secretary, had said.

“We therefore want to say it loud and clear that after considering so many things, the Nigerian Constitution inclusive, we see you for now as the best option to continue as the president of our dear country.”

But Mr. Famoriyo distanced ARG from the endorsement, adding that the group does not think that Mr. Jonathan’s performance as president since May 2010 was worth the endorsement of any patriotic citizen.

“We believe there is a difference between ‘transformation,’ which President Jonathan promised Nigerians in 2011 and mere ‘reform’ of the same governance culture that Nigerians have rejected,” said Mr. Famoriyo.

“The ARG does not dictate to the generality of the Yoruba people, rather it gives voice to their feelings and aspirations. The extensive consultations we have made showed that Yoruba people have come to a firm conclusion that they have been at the shorter end of the stick under the Jonathan-led Government, under whose administration, nepotism and ethnocentrism have taken over as the emblem of our presidential politics.

“ARG therefore stands with the aspirations of Yoruba people for change. As echoed in Abeokuta recently at the public lecture organised by the Ogun State chapter of ARG, the change that we demand include a public pledge to restructure the country in such a way that power will devolve to the most efficient federating unit.”


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  • Chris1408

    GEJ government of fraud, campaign of fraud. GEJ is fraud. Na by force to win presidential election again. Na popularity contest based on performance. Unfortunately GEJ administration can’t boast of performance. They’ve turned to wuruwuru

    • Philip Gokir Musa

      …and when your candidate cannot provide a secondary school certificate, how’s he able to comprehend NNPC’s balance sheet?

      • JustMe

        Story. Phone Kerry and ask him if Buhari used an interpreter then. Joker!

        • SBA

          Even if he can’t read NEPA bill we will still vote for him

          • Leslie

            Tell them abeg.Thumbs up!

          • Leslie

            And brooms too.Let’s not forget that one.

        • Philip Gokir Musa

          Swine epitomizing ineptitude; Clown! what do you know about Kerry besides what you saw on NTA news. Talk is cheap! The immaterial has become…Immaterial!!! The certificate or nothing!!!!!

          • JustMe

            E dey pain you. Krep abusing me there ehnn. Gi and look for a better way of sell8ng GEJ mmy friend because right now na BAD MARKET. Haaa Haaaaaa

          • JustMe

            E dey pain you. Keep abusing me there ehnn. Go and look for a better way of selling GEJ my friend because right now na BAD MARKET. Haaa Haaaaaa

      • VOTEoutGEJ!

        How can the person behind the formation of NNPC not know how it works?

  • D1

    After serious and pitiless bashing, Kia, they denied!

    Awon aje gudu jeras!

  • Ekerete Etukudo

    Great! So now there are 2 Yoruba factions — Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG and Afenifere Group. They say “Moses split the Red sea”, and now GEJ has split the Yoruba tribe into 2. And that’s all he needs to win by the way. Great job GEJ!!

    • SBA

      He hasn’t split the Yorubas. Afenifere is a spent force in SW. SW votes will go Buhari way as they usually vote for progressives irrespective of who is on the ballot. MKO was voted in the SW in spite of the hatred the people had for him because of the role he played during the UPN and NPN saga. APC is fully in control of the SW and their wont be last minute deal this time around as it happens in 2011

      • Ekerete Etukudo

        All GEJ needs from the SW is 2 states. And from all indications, he might even surpass that.

        • Alex

          Name only you WAKA come…

          • Ekerete Etukudo

            for somebody preaching “Change”, I expect a reasonable level of discourse. No longer business as usual my friend. And if you can’t embrace the inevitable (GEJ), then you best buzz off!!

          • Malik Isah

            etukudo, u smart o!

        • Jika

          Where will the other 22 states come from since to be declared a winner, you need to have at least 1/4 votes in no less than 2/3 of the states and the FCT?This,is addition to having scored the highest number of votes.I am just curious.God bless.

    • tundemash

      Cl0wn …. look at the names in those groups … how may of them won their ward council ! Instead of typing rubbish in that your creek tent, ask your friends in Yoruba land about the feelings of the people and u will realise Dumbo is a gonna !

      • Ekerete Etukudo

        …did Obasanjo win his ward? Can he even win inside his compound?? And he’s supporting buhari. So that makes you the clown!

        • tundemash

          That is OBJ’s problem; the fact that you confirmed OBJ cannot win his ward should show you he has no leverage to tell Yorubas who to vote for if you have any common sense at all. OBJ himself has seen the CHANGE handwriting on the wall and wants to be on the good side of history. As far as I am concerned, he’s the architect of the present woes Nigeria has found itself; it was he who bedevilled Nigeria with two sick men; one had no kidney and the other has no brain nor balls ! Deal with that .

          • Ekerete Etukudo

            I will put my money any day and time on anything OBJ objects to. Hear his daughter out, and then you’ll experience the EPIPHANY!

          • Alex

            …NO BRAIN INDEED. #Clueless.

          • Wale Bolodeoku

            Ohhhhhh! Tunde. You made my day. OBJ inflicted on Nigerians two sick men: one had no kidney and the other has neither brain nor balls. Wow! This is the end of all arguments; the summary of all summaries. Bless you.

    • lilian ugo

      You Speak the truth my dear. A Lot of evil people are waiting to the down fall of GEJ but God gave him wisdom and that is why we need him in the seat.

      • Malik Isah

        smart man!!!!!!!!!!!! your insults will win votes for u o jare!

  • Eze1

    Factions everywhere…These groups are available for the highest bidder

  • PEOPLE

    SORRY FOR THE YORUBAS. TINUBU HAS PUT THEM IN DARKNESS. THEY ARE CONFUSE. TINUBU SOLD SPEAKER SEAT TO HAUSA/FULANI FROM SOKOTO AND HE SELLING YOUBAS AGAIN TO HAUSA/FULANI FROM KASTINA. YORUBAS PLEASE SHINE YOUR EYES.

    HAUSA MAN WILL NEVER SUPPORT YORUBA MAN FOR PRESIDENT. THEY KILL MKO BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT SEAT.
    BUHARI DID NOT FIGHT FOR MKO BECAUSE HE IS NOT FULANI MAN. HE ALLOW ABACHA AND IBB TO KILL MKO. SORRY FOR THE YORUBAS.

    • Bayo Ola

      You better feel sorry for your Ibo people; the so called “identity
      less” “Jews” of Africa. You guys have no structured leadership or
      political system. Your Ohaneze is not reckoned with, even by you Ibos, nor by
      any other ethnic groups in Nigeria, so one can only sympathise with you. Curiously
      you guys are even defending Jonathan more than his Ijaw people, who already saw
      him as a colossal failure. His home town, Otuoke does not even have
      electricity, yet he is a transformative leader to the Ibos. Except your elites
      who benefited from Jonathan govt, what has ordinary Ibo person like you,
      sweating it out at a business center, benefited from Jonathan govt? It seems
      that FFK poached you guys from your Yahoo Yahoo business, to “defending
      Jonathan business” venture. But other than this vocational benefit, what
      have you all Ibos collectively gained from Jonathan govt? Why are you crying
      more than the bereaved? At least Asari Dokubo, Tompolo and their group of war
      mongers have private jets to boast off under Jonathan’s leadership, so one understands
      their passion from selfish perspectives. But you ordinary Ibos, what have you
      gained from this Ijaw drunkard? For a start, why can’t you even ask your Azikwe
      Ebele Jonathan to return your parents seized properties, the so called
      “abandoned properties” in the South South to you? How come Jonathan
      has not returned them to Ibos, even many years after the civil war ended, and
      after 6 years of his wasted presidency? Many Ibo people will not stop to amaze
      Yoruba and Hausa people. I know there are a few exceptions among you, but you
      guys are just too ethnocentric; una too much

      • VOTEoutGEJ!

        Igbos are fake Jews and like Esau, they have sold their right to the Presidency forever. They are never tired in their mischievous work against the will of the majority of Nigerians

        • Hakeem Kemi Kareem

          Someone even told me the Igbos can use their mother to make money. Is this true?

          • VOTEoutGEJ!

            Igbos are very terrible when it comes to money. Nobody is spared in their inordinate quest for money

      • tyson

        WHAT HAS THE YORUBAS GAINED FROM THE FULANIS–BEYOND–THE MURDER OF KUDIRAT ABIOLA AND THE INNER OF THE JUNE 12 ELECTION————THE FULANIS TOOK THE POST OF SPEAKER FROM U–THE YORUBAS COULD NOT EVEN RAISE THEIR VOICES–USED AKINTOLA AGAINST AWO AND LATER KILLED HIM–THEN MOVED INTO ABIOLA AND HIS WIFE ASSASSINATED THEM–BOTH -MAY BE THAT IS WHY U ARE CALLED COWARDS-

        • Bayo Ola

          We Yoruba trust the Fulani people. Fulanis, unlike you Ibos, they to keep their
          words. That is why it is in Yoruba interest to politically align with the
          Fulani. Besides you Ibos do not have a structured political system that is
          reliable and harvestable during election, so there is no need for the Yoruba to
          align with you. As long as we build a mutually respectful relationship with the
          Hausa Fulani, we are fine. Our values and religion are similar. Let me hasten to give you a brief history
          lesson: Abacha who was alleged to have ordered the killing of Kudirat Abiola
          was a Kanuri man and not a Fulani man. The Fulanis that have ruled Nigeria are
          honest people. No single Fulani leader that has ruled Nigeria had
          corruuptly enriched himself? Since you do not know your history, be advised
          that Babangida, Abdulsalam and Abacha are not Fulanis. Fulanis that have ruled Nigeria are not
          corrupt. They are Tafawa Balewa, Sheu Shagari, Musa Yar Ardu, Mohammadu
          Buhari. This is not to say that there
          are no corrupt Fulani (like Atiku) but there are many incorruptible Fulanis
          like Nuhu Ribadu, Buhari, etc. One more thing: get it right that the Yoruba APC
          intentionally voted for Hausa Speaker for strategic purpose. The voting was strategically
          intentional.

          • blackdove

            You really get patience to explain. Well done

        • Victor Odutola Mayomi

          You igbos are bold and you were not wise enough to fight a civil war that you were not prepared for. You say you are intelligent and you did not have a formula to win a war you started. You lost the war and recovered all your assets in Yorubaland yet you remain ungrateful. We welcome you with open hands in the west where you have prospered more than any part in Nigeria yet you remain ungrateful. It is not your fault. We should have treated you like south south people where your property was declared abandoned.

      • Umar Nuhu Galadima

        Bayo I respect ur views. So articulate. Plz I wil lyk to invite u to punch newspaper forum. We need ppl lyk u ova dia.

    • Victor Odutola Mayomi

      Zik formed alliance with Sadauna. Ojukwu joined the NPN in the second republic. The core south south excluding Edo and Delta have always voted for northern presidential candidates. I am sure you are too young to know Nigeria’s history. Please go to the elders for education and enlightenment.

  • anneedu

    Thank you, anybody can fabricate anything

  • lilian ugo

    Tinuba! Tinuba! Tinuba! This man, is he ok?

  • justme

    Even among the yorubas,there is still division!,when will this nation learn to join forces togeda and strive for unity,peace and development as one!!,yet all some do is sit down on a very long stool without anytin to offer,pointing accusing fingers at the govt..

    • Victor Odutola Mayomi

      Are your people not divided too? Which area is not divided in Nigeria? Must we all be thinking alike on every issue ? Only fools do so.

  • tyson

    Alhaji Abubakar Audu Goes For New wife.

    Former Governor of Kogi state and an APC chieftain, Alhaji Abubakar Audu has married a new wife.

    Audu is 68 years old, while his kid-wife just turned 14 years. Whatever you may call this, one will not fail to ask, if this is the CHANGE APC is talking about?
    Sleeping with children in the name of marriage

    • Yusuf Sabo

      Give him your elder sister to marry , pls.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      We are talking about GEJ’s failed leadership not Abubakar Audu’s marriage. Like GEJ, your priorities are all muddled up

  • tyson

    W-A-R-N-I-N-G!!!
    Presidential Poll: The Grave Mistake Nigeria Cannot Afford – Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere leader.

    **North have the mentality that they are born to rule, picking a Yoruba VP is just a trick.
    **the Imbalance in Nigeria is why Buhari entered the army with recommendation letter, not the minimum requirement….THOSE WHO HAVE EARS LET THEM HEAR-

    • Victor Odutola Mayomi

      With your post, it is evident that you are not a Yoruba man. The Yorubas know their leaders. That is enough for now. The igbos and south south have been voting for northerners in past elections in Nigeria and no one has crucified them. The Yorubas are wise enough to make their choice just like other Nigerians are free to take their own decisions in the forthcoming election

      • VOTEoutGEJ!

        He is a typical Ijaw empty skull with handles like Deri Orbuka, Redeem, Redeem the Redeemer, Tyson and Burning Spear among others

  • Ashibogu

    Still wanting to hear from the Governor General of Yoruba land Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu(BAT). He is the one that decides the fate of all Yorubas. At the eleventh hour, he will call the direction that they will take. Therefore, let every one be calm until he speaks. Whether Afenifere, old or renewed, Tinubu na im sabi !

    • Oro Agba

      Tinubu is your father! Abi? Oti sonu ojo tipe.

  • Unique Fidel

    The worse of GEJ is better than the best of buhari