The Pan Yoruba Socio-political Group, Afenifere, on Tuesday insisted that the Presidential election, held on February 25, was won by the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and not the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
It therefore, said that the decision of Obi to challenge the results of the election in court, has the group’s support This was contained in a communique issued after its Special General Meeting, held, at Isanya-Ogbo, Ogun State, on Tuesday.
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The communique which was signed by its National leader and Secretary General, Pa Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Sola Ebiseni, respectively, denied sending any congratulatory message in the name of the group to any candidate.
According to the group” the results of the lawful votes at the election available to the Afenifere through credible sources confirm that His Excellency Peter Gregory Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, won the said election and we thus support his decision challenging the contrary Declaration by the INEC.
” The General Meeting hereby denounce in strong terms and dissociate Afenifere from any congratulatory message in the name of the Organisation or howsoever to any candidate as illegally declared by the INEC. ”
Afenifere reiterates that for equity, fairness, national cohesion and peaceful corporate existence, the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a person of its Southern part and specifically the South East. ” We call on Nigerians to troop out enmasse and participate fully in the Gubernatorial and Houses of Assembly elections.
“That with particular reference to Lagos State, Afenifere confirms that the Governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is a person of Yoruba origin, whose great- grandparents are not only Yoruba but definitely one of the notable founding families of Lagos.
“We unequivocally endorse and urge the people of Lagos to vote for him. Reviewing, the last elections, the group lamented that the deliberate non-compliance INEC with it’s guidelines encouraged electoral brigandage at the polling units.
These according to them include “destruction of ballot papers, snatching of ballot boxes, doctoring of figures and swapping of votes of candidates at the coalition centres through the amended and outlawed manual procedures which rendered the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections flawed in several respects as confirmed by local and international observers.
Afenifere, therefore, called “on INEC to ensure free and credible Gubernatorial and Houses of Assembly elections in accordance with the constitution, the extant Electoral Act and its mandatory Guidelines earlier mentioned. “That in accordance with the hallowed Yoruba culture of civilised conduct, Afenifere assures all persons resident in Yorubaland, indigenes and non-indegenes, of protection in the conduct of their lawful duties and particularly the free exercise of the rights to vote for candidates of their choice in all elections and thus warn all threats mongers and merchants of violence to desist therefrom.
Advertisement They called on the President Muhammadu Buhari and all security agents to guarantee the safety of the people, free, fair and peaceful elections throughout Nigeria. The group said that ” the international community should show special concerns in the on-going electioneering process in Nigeria in the interest of peace of the global community.