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Tinubu: Afenifere drops Adebanjo as acting leader



 Tinubu Afenifere drops Adebanjo as acting leader
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Elder statesman Chief Ayo Adebanjo may no longer act as the Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere.
The signal came from a declaration from the organisation’s Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, who said the group would henceforth hold its meetings in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
He said chieftain of the organisation will no longer be hosted by Chief Adebanjo in acting capacity at Isoya Ogbo, Ijebu country home.
Fasoranti, frontline educator and Second Republic Commissioner for Finance in Ondo State, reiterated the group’s endorsement of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He rejected the insinuations that he was paid to endorse the Jagaban Borgu, saying that he has been a man of principle all his life.
Fasoranti said those who started meeting at Ogbo after naming Adebanjo as acting leader misunderstood and misinterpreted him.
He lamented that these people shifted the meeting of Afenifere to Adebanjo’s residence because they felt he was becoming senile.
Fasoranti said some people felt he could not comprehend things, adding that the person who said that has regretted it.
However, Fasoranti said he is not senile, adding that “there is no shaking.”
He stressed: “The reason the meeting was shifted was due to misunderstanding and misinterpretation of some people that I was going senile and that I cannot comprehend. When I heard that, I reacted and the person saying that regretted it.”
In a viral video at his Akure residence, the old ‘Action Grouper’ said he will now communicate meeting schedules to Afenifere members after liaising with the secretary and other leaders on the group’s agenda.
He maintained that most Afenifere chieftains have said they will not go to Ogbo for meetings.
Following Fasoranti’s pronouncement, many Afenifere chieftains believed Adebanjo had ceased to be acting leader.
A chieftain, who spoke on phone, said: “There can’t be two leaders at a time.”
Another chieftain said Adebanjo may fight back, but from a weak position, adding that the group should prepare for crisis management.
The Afenifere leader said there is no meeting point between Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, pointing out that they are two different ethnic organisations.
Fasoranti promised to leave a legacy of stability and honesty in Afenifere.
He said the organisation will continue to pursue restructuring as a cardinal belief.
The elder statesman threw his weight behind the agitation for the use of arms and ammunition by Amotekun Corps to effectively protect the Southwest, stressing that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who is championing the crusade was on course.
He also urged government to defend education to halt falling standard.
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