We didn’t endorse Jonathan for second term –Ekiti Afenifere

The Ekiti State chapter of the pan –Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has distanced itself from the purported endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid by the group.

The organisation, led by Reuben Fasoranti, had last week announced that it had endorsed the president for a second term in office.

Its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, told journalists after a meeting with Mr. Jonathan in Akure, the Ondo State capital that it decided to support the president because he “convoked the National Conference and is ready to implement the report”.

The Ogun State chapter of the organisation had earlier dissociated itself from the endorsement. Its spokesperson, Kunle Famoriyo, said it “does not think the performance of the President Goodluck Jonathan since May 2010 is worth the endorsement of any patriotic citizen.”

Similarly, in a statement by its chairman, Ibidapo Awojolu, on Monday, the Ekiti State chapter of the Afenifere said it did not take part in the decision to endorse Mr. Jonathan for the February 14 election.

It said the purported endorsement was hastily done and that it was merely the reflection of the mindset of a few leaders of the group that attended the meeting with the president.

Stating that though it had tremendous support for Mr. Fasoranti’s leadership, Mr. Awojolu, however, said it disagreed with him on the issue of Mr. Jonathan’s endorsement.

The chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of Afenifere insisted that the group was yet to take a decision on the coming election and on who to support.

He said it was embarrassing for a few leaders of the group to impose their personal choice on the entire members.

Mr. Awojolu also faulted the claim by the Afenifere leaders that the Jonathan administration was committed to the restructuring of the polity simply because it convoked a national conference, which many believe was a mere window dressing.

He insisted that the Ekiti chapter and a few others did not partake in the decision and that the position of the general body of the organisation on the choice of who to support in the presidential election would soon be made public.

“For now, we are still studying the programmes of the various political parties and their candidates. Our position would be made known later,” Mr. Awojolu said.

“The February 14 presidential election is too important for the future of our dear country and its people and any decision on it could only be taken after a careful analysis of the situation on ground coupled with extensive consultation.

“Despite our respect for Chief Fasoranti’s leadership of Afenifere, we are of the opinion that Afenifere cannot afford to lead its members and the Yoruba nation to endorse any candidate based on mere sentiments and selfish interests of a few,” Mr. Awojolu said.


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  • Comfortkay

    Please sort it out with other recycle old cargoes politician that are looking for security Pipeline contracts.
    Yoruba nation will never support this corrupt government.

  • Funso

    Yinka Odumakin, you are an embarrassment to your generation and the democratic and progressive human rights community where you cut your teeth. This is sickening! Because of oil money and business contract you are going all over the place selling a whole heritage. This is just ugly Yinka. “O ma ṣe o. Oju o tilẹ ti ẹ mọ. Ṣugbọn ọla n bọ. Ranti Ọla. “. meaning “It is a pity. You are no longer even ashamed anymore. Tomorrow is coming. Remember tomorrow!” When money finishes we all will be left with whatever we invest in honor and dignity.

  • Sanmi Falae

    NKARE JARE. ABARIN AGBE NYIN. OMO OKO NI YIN.

  • Ayelala

    That was how these ethnic hustlers ,otherwise known as agbayas got outflanked by obasanjo . Only tinubu saw through the trap.
    No one listens to them afenifere anyway. They have expired.

  • kykkyk

    Mimiko , a smart guy. He pocketed the Ondo state Afenifere. And gradually they are losing respect. One wonders how those we called our elders now pander on the whims and caprices of the opportunists masquerading as leaders. I know, one after the other they shall be paid in their own coins. Because of envy of Tinubu, they have turned Ondo state people against their own brothers in the South West. Ondo state people should take their destiny in their own hands and rescue themselves from the grip of the anti progressive elements. Since their domination in Ondo state, progress has eluded the state. From buoyancy to destitution Ondo State has” progressed”. Ondo Sate ” a place of gride”

  • richkid

    It’s a pity how politicians can reveal the Judas in a group. Afeniferan endorsed GEJ now one of them has collected money from opposition to say rubish. Afeniferan has endorsed GEJ. Up GEJ

  • sammyctu ode

    The current bunch of Afenirere people are just attention seekers who are different from the real Afenirere that late Pa Ajasin belonged to. The current one are jeun jeun afenireres who have no voice, no relevanc and are just human waste garbbages in Yoruba land. odumakin should emulate the outstanding work his wife or ex-wife has been contributing to various honest causes in Nigeria instead of him and other so called afenireres march like school boys to aso rock, line up like beggers to receive their own share of the national cake. Shameless fools.

  • aokesapati

    Im just appealing to those who called themselves afenifere to watch latest video on Oga Jona on YOU TUBE before they endorse him.if they are happy with poverty ,corruption,……..