The Guardian (Nigeria)

Afenifere Clears Air On Circulated Picture Of Adebanjo In Gumi’s Company

- From Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan

THE pan- Yoruba socio- political organisati­on, Afenifere, has clarified the rumour on pictures of its leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, being circulated in company of the Islamic preacher, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the Yoruba group maintained that Adebanjo, a lawyer, has nothing to do with Sheikh Gumi.

The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to some pictures making the rounds, in which the acting Leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, was alleged to be in company of Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, the Islamic preacher, who is negotiatin­g with kidnappers in the Northern parts of Nigeria.

“Those pictures being circulated, in which Adebanjo was seen in the same flight with Gumi, and later in a handshake in the presence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, were taken in 2018 in the run- up to the presidenti­al election in 2019.”

Afenifere recalled that the former Vice- President and presidenti­al candidate of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP), Atiku Abubakar solicited the assistance of various important personalit­ies to help him secure the support of his former boss, Obasanjo, in his bid to become the country’s president then.

Afenifere said: “Those Atiku Abubakar approached for this purpose included Sokoto Catholic Archbishop, Fr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop David Oyedepo, Senator Ben Bruce, among others...”

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