Pa Reuben Fasoranti and Afenifere Endorse Tinubu For President
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for president in the 2023 election, received the support of Afenifere’s senior leader Pa Reuben Fasoranti and other sociopolitical group leaders on Sunday.
The nonagenarian’s residence became a beehive of activities when several members of Afenifere, the strong socio-political group of elders and young Yoruba personalities agitating for true federalism and equality among the ethnic regions in the country, were met by the APC presidential candidate.
On March 4, 2022, Pa Fasoranti told Tinubu to go get his party’s ticket and return to his Ijapo residence in Akure, Ondo State’s capital, for his blessing.
Tinubu presented a copy of his manifesto to the Afenifere leader with strong members of the group on ground.
Fasoranti said: “You will win. You have the wherewithal to be president of our country and to solve all our challenges.”
General Secretary of Afenifere, Basorun Seinde Arogbofa, told Tinubu, “You are not just a Yoruba man but a Nigerian. When you become President take Nigeria into consideration in all you do but never forget home.
“Our demands are what you know already. Restructuring, security and fixing the economy. Our country is no longer safe. We want state police so that the country will be safe.”
Chief Olu Falae, former Secretary to the Government of Federation, in his address, said, “When you become President, please work to fix this country. We are here to offer advice. I am old and no longer looking for a job.
“We need to fix security, fix our economy. Our naira is almost becoming useless and will soon become N1000 to a dollar. We must change that. I know your ability. We will always be here to support and I wish you well. We will be here when you bring the trophy home by the grace of God.”
While presenting his Action Plan to the Yoruba leaders, Tinubu said, “The North proved to me Nigeria can survive its unity. Some people want President Muhammadu Buhari to announce someone but the President said No. He insisted the process must go on democratically.
“The President said anyone that would mess up the APC process would see the other side of his eyes. He remained upright and saw the process to the end.
“Northern APC Governors resolved that the Presidency must go to the South and especially South West. Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Abdullahi Ganduje and others supported me to the end. The battle was tough and at a point, I was in doubt. There were many rumours and I became confused about what to believe.”
Ekiti State Governor Biodun Oyebanji, who spoke on behalf of all South-West governors, assured Tinubu and Yoruba leaders that all the governors of South-West and Ekiti people were solidly the APC presidential candidate.
He said: “We are happy to receive our leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, today. I want to assure him and our fathers that we will support him to the end.”
Prince Dayo Adeyeye, a former spokesman of Afenifere, in his remark said: Tinubu will not run away from the heat of the war. I was here when Baba(Pa Fasoranti) said to go and win the primary and come for a blessing.
In 2001, we graded our governors in the South-West, Asiwaju was the best. We can always point to the achievements in Lagos.
We fought for democracy and continue to sustain it. We are not saying he’s(Tinubu) going to be a Yoruba president but a president of Nigeria of Yoruba extraction.
“Things will surely change for the better when he becomes president of Nigeria.”
The occasion was graced by many strong Yoruba elders from different states in the South-West, among them are Gen. Alani Akinrinade(retd), Gen. Olu Bajowa(retd), Arch Bishop of Methodist, Ayo Ladigbolu, Bisi Akande, Gbenga Daniel, Prof. Isaac Adewole(fmr Health minister), Amb. Sola Iji, Kunle Olajide, Aremo Adebayo Adesanya, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, Dare Babarinsa, Pius Akinyelure, James Faleke.
Others are, Dr Bayo Lawal, fmr Deputy Governor, Oyo State, Lucky Aitedatiwa (Ondo Dep. Gov.), Prince Ademola Adegoroye(Minister of state Transport) Segun Adesegun(Dep. Gov. Ogun) representing Aremo Olusegun Osoba), Isaac Kekemeke (SW Vice Chairman of APC), Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Babajide Tijani, Sen. Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon.