Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has denied endorsing the presidential bid of a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu, who is the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, is alleged to be aspiring for the number one seat in the country come 2023.
In a swift reaction to a viral statement by the leader of the South West Agenda, Prince Dayo Adeyeye that Afenifere endorsed the candidacy of Tinubu, Afenifere denied endorsing any aspirant for the 2023 presidential election.
Adeyeye had said during a visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, erstwhile Afenifere leader, on Tuesday that Afenifere has backed Tinubu’s bid to run for presidency.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by its Director of Communications, Sola Lawal, titled, ‘Afenifere denies endorsing presidential aspirant’, the Yoruba socio-political group said it’s still mourning the demise of its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin.
Afenifere added that it suspended all its engagements in honour of the late Odumakin.
Lawal explained that the 96-year-old Fasoranti had formally handed over the group to Ayo Adebanjo
He stated that Fasoranti had taken a “deserved rest when he formally handed over to Chief Ayo Adebanjo three weeks ago after leading the group for 12 years and so the former couldn’t have spoken for Afenifere during the SWAGA visit to his Akure home.”
Lawal added that group had “temporarily halted all activities in honour of Odumakin who is still lying in the morgue, cold and lonely”.
“The Adeyeye foray into Afenifere space at this period of huge loss and intense mourning is disrespectful , insensitive and unwarranted.”
“Being a former Afenifere top notch and, infact , Odumakin’s immediate predecessor in office as spokesperson for Afenifere, Adeyeye should cease all activities and join us in mourning at this trying times.”