OSUN POLL: Afenifere Leaders Clash Over Omisore’s Suspension
Two prominent leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Senator Ayo Fasanmi and Pa Ayo Adebanjo are not on the same page.
They have disagreed over the suspension of a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in connection with his role in the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, in the recently concluded Osun State governorship poll.
The Afenifere, under the leadership of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, had recently suspended Omisore for one year for supporting the APC candidate in the rerun of the governorship election.
But Fasanmi criticised the Yoruba group for the suspension, describing it as laughable.
Fasanmi was quoted in a statement made available by the Publicity Secretary of the Ekiti State chapter of Afenifere, Biodun Akin-Fasae, as saying the Fasoranti-led Afenifere had no moral right to suspend Omisore for teaming up with a progressive party to win an election.
He said, “The action (Omisore’s suspension) is the most embarrassing action taken by anyone or group since the death of the sage.
“It is laughable and disappointing for anyone to desecrate the hallowed name of Chief (Obafemi) Awolowo with conservative political tendency as being espoused by the Fasoranti and Ayo Adebanjo group that has crossed the red line.
“The spirit of Chief Obafemi Awolowo will never forgive whoever has taken steps to bastardise the legacies he fought for all his life.”
Fasanmi, who was a member of the House of Representatives in 1964/66 and a Senator in 1979/83, said the Fasoranti/Adebanjo group must stop talking on behalf of the Yoruba race.
“They should not put Yoruba race on sale. The Yoruba race is comfortable with the progressives as being represented by the All Progressives Congress, where the Yoruba is having the chunk of appointments, which has never happened even when Chief Obasanjo was president,” he said.
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