The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Tuesday, , announced the suspension of the candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the last governorship election in Osun State and member of the group, Senator Iyiola Omisore, for one year.
Omisore was alleged to have aligned with the All Progressives Congress to win the run-off election in the Ife South and North Local Government Areas of Osun State. His action was said to have gone against the position of his party, the Social Democratic Party, and the Afenifere.
Omisore’s suspension was part of the decisions taken at the monthly meeting of the Afenifere, held at the residence of its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and read by a chieftain of the group, Chief Korede Duyile, the group said Omisore allegedly went against the position of the Afenifere during the last governorship election in Osun State.
The group had earlier decided not to support the All Progressives Congress at the Osun governorship and the forthcoming general elections.
The Afenifere said in the communiqué, “The meeting took a decision to suspend Senator Iyiola Omisore for one year for violating Afenifere’s directive which affected the outcome of the Osun election.”
On the controversy surrounding the academic qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Afenifere asked the President to produce his academic qualification to the Independent National Electoral Commission, saying failure to do so would show that he was not a man of integrity.
The group said, “ While the military has yet to make any other statement than the 2015 statement that it does not have the certificate of the President, his spokesman, Femi Adesina, issued a statement that the body had lost the records and Garba Shehu made another statement that the Presidency had the academic records of the President.
“The narrow but fundamental issue at stake in all of this is that the President stands guilty of perjury (lying on oath) by swearing that he possesses a document that has no veracity with the military or any examinations body as distinct from the “he is qualified “ obfuscatory people are peddling.
“The onus on Mr President is to produce the document he has claimed through the examination body ( the West African Examination Council) so as to retain his claim to being a man of integrity and being eligible to contest the 2019 elections.”