Prominent members of the Afenifere, including Reuben Fasoranti and Yinka Odumakin have condemned a faction of the group which had endorsed president Muhammadu Buhari for the February 2019 presidential election, calling them impostors.
An Afenifere faction led by Ayo Fasanmi endorsed Mr Buhari’s re-election bid in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday.
The faction on Tuesday said it was endorsing the president because he had performed well in leading the country in the last three years and half.
The event was attended by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Deputy Governor of Lagos and Osun States, Idiat Adebule and Yetunde Onanuga, and a former minister, Demola Seriki, who represented Mr Tinubu.
The spokesman of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, who has been a fierce critic of the Buhari regime, said that the faction represents the face of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, whose antagonism against the Afenifere was well known.
Mr Odumakin said the event was attended by persons who had no history in Afenifere.
“They are just comedians,” he said. “The only shame is that the vice president has degenerated to the point of going to sit among such people and fêting them in the name of Afenifere.
“All those that attended the event, none of them is of Afenifere, and that shows that the integrity of the vice president cannot be trusted.
“Osinbajo is Awolowo’s son-in-law. In the last 30 years, nobody saw him at remembrance once, and now he is sitting and parading himself as Afenifere. For 30 years we have been celebrating Awolowo’s remembrance, he was never there once.
“It is a shame. They are comedians, they are jokers; they are free to call themselves Miyetti Allah if they like. If they have pedigree, or names to rely on, why can’t they answer their names? They can call themselves Miyetti Allah South West.”
Mr Odumakin noted the group had no other person with a history of Afenifere other than Mr Fasanmi, who he said only had links with it over 10 years ago.