Afenifere insists Peter Obi won 2023 presidential election, suspends two principal officers

The Pan-Yoruba Socio-Political Group, Afenifere has again said the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, won the February 25th Presidential election.

The group stated this in a communiqué issued at the end of its monthly regular meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Isanya Ogbo, in Ogun State, 

The communique which was signed by its Secretary, Sola Ebiseni, and Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of manipulating the results of the election to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Afenifere said the results it obtained through credible sources confirmed that the candidate of the LP, Obi, won the polls.

Afenifere according to the communiqué also suspended two of its principal officers, Jare Ajayi, the National Publicity Secretary and Abagun Kole Omololu, the National Organising Secretary, for their “uncouth activities and unauthorised statements in its name and to the constant denigration of the organisation.”

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The Communiqué said that “Afenifere reiterates our position that the Presidential election held on the 25th of February 2023 was characterised by all forms of primitive manipulations and noncompliance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Electoral Act 2022 and the Guidelines and Regulations made pursuant thereto with concomitant legislative force.

“The results of the lawful votes at the Presidential election available to the Afenifere through credible sources confirm that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, won the said election and we, thus, support his decision challenging the contrary declaration by the INEC.

“Re-assert that for equity, fairness, national cohesion and peaceful corporate existence, the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a person of its southern part and specifically the South-East.

“Condemn in the strongest terms, the campaigns of calumny and acts of ethnic violence deployed by some politicians and their hired criminal gangs in several parts of the federation during the gubernatorial election particularly Lagos State where the election was made to appear like an inter-ethnic war between the Yoruba and Igbo which greatly led to voters’ suppression and other forms of deliberate disenfranchisement through brigandage.

“Flowing from the above, Afenifere states that it never issued any statement and dissociated the Organisation from any such statement against Chief Iwuanyanwu.

“Observed the uncouth activities and unauthorised statements in its name and to the constant denigration of the organisation, by Jare Ajayi, the National Publicity Secretary and Abagun Kole Omololu the National Organising Secretary.

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“Received a message credited to Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu in a viral video alleging indictment of the Yoruba as political rascals on account of ethnic violence deployed by politicians of the ruling party in Lagos State. On the analysis of the video and information at the disposal of Afenifere by people at the Anambra State gathering, we are convinced that Chief Iwuanyanwu rightly asserted that the Yoruba and Igbo were not at war and truly condemned the shenanigans of some political rascals.

“After due consideration of the unending embarrassing conduct of the two officers, the Meeting resolved that they be and are hereby removed immediately from their respective offices and their membership be suspended sine die pending further decisions after their appearance before and recommendations by the Disciplinary Committee.

“Restate our position that in accordance with the hallowed Yoruba culture of civilised conduct, Afenifere assures all person resident in Yorubaland, indigenes and non-indigenes, of protection in the conduct of their lawful duties and thus warn all threats mongers and merchants of violence to desist therefrom.

“Express our belief in the judiciary as an integral part of the democratic process and expect that it proves itself in the election litigations now pending before it without fear or favour and in accordance with the judicial oaths of its members, in covenant with the Nigerian people.

“Call on the President and Government of Nigeria to restore the patriotic confidence and hope of the Nigerian people in the continued corporate existence of the federation which will guarantee their safety throughout Nigeria.”

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