A faction of Afenifere, a pan Yoruba social-cultural group, has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for next month’s presidential election.
The faction gave its endorsement at a meeting on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The faction, led by Ayo Fasanmi, had on December 20, 2018, declared that it will formally endorse the candidature of Mr Buhari as its preferred presidential candidate.
The group at the endorsement which took place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan on Tuesday, argued that it endorsed Mr Buhari because he had performed well.
At the event were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Mr Fasanmi, Deputy Governor of Lagos and Osun States, Idiat Adebule and Yetunde Onanuga, and a former minister, Demola Seriki, who represented ex-Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.
Traditional rulers at the event included the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Rufus Adedejuyigbe; Akirun of Ikirun, Abioye Oyebode; Oniye of Iye Ekiti, Adeleye Oni among others.
The gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was also at the event.
The motion for the endorsement of Mr Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, was moved by a former senator, Olabiyi Durojaye, at the event on Tuesday.
Five other leaders of the Afenifere faction who supported the endorsement were Tajudeen Olusi (Lagos), Bayonile Ademodi (Ondo), Yemi Alade (Ekiti), S. M. Akindele (Oyo), and Sooko Adewoyin (Osun).
Mr Fasanmi earlier in his remarks said Mr Buhari deserved another term in the office.
He said, “I want all of you to work and vote for Buhari who has performed very credibly and I think he deserves a second term in the office.
“He is the only candidate that is campaigning about corrupt free society. I am pleased that all the South-west are under the APC fold.”
Mr Fasanmi leads a faction of Afenifere separate from the main body led by Reuben Fasoranti. The Fasoranti-group is believed to be backing Mr Buhari’s main challenger in the election, Atiku Abubakar.