A faction of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 election.
Members of the faction, rose from their summit in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday with an endorsement of the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the group’s choice for the February 16 election.
The group, led by Second Republic Senator Ayo Fasanmi, had after its meeting at the House of Chiefs, Agodi State Secretariat in Ibadan on December 20, last year, said it would announce on January 29 its preferred candidate for the presidency.
It endorsed Buhari for the February 16 election.
At the endorsement, which took place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, the group argued that it endorsed Buhari because of his outstanding performance.
At the event were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Fasanmi, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s representative and former Minister of State for Defence Demola Seriki, Lagos Deputy Governor Mrs. Idiat Adebule and her Ogun State counterpart Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga.
The royal fathers were represented by the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adedejuyigbe; Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Abioye Oyebode, Oniye of Iye-Ekiti, Oba Adeleye Oni among others.
House of Representatives member (Atiba/AFIJIO/Oyo East/Oyo West) Akeem Adeyemi; Asimiyu Alarape; Chief Akin Fasae and gubernatorial candidate of the ruling APC in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also attended the event.
Prof Osinbajo, who was the special guest of honour, arrived at the venue at 3.50pm. He was handed a copy of the lecture, titled: “Restructuring for harmonious and optimal socio-economic development: Prospects and challenges”.
The lecture was delivered by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi.
In their goodwill messages, the governors of the six Southwest states – Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun) and Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) – urged the people of the zone to ensure the re-election President Buhari and Osinbajo next month. They were all represented.