Afenifere lead­ers clash over Omisore’s sus­pen­sion

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TWo prom­i­nent lead­ers of the pan-yoruba so­cio­cul­tural group, Afenifere, Sen­a­tor Ayo Fasanmi and Pa Ayo Ade­banjo, have dis­agreed over the sus­pen­sion of a for­mer Deputy Gov­er­nor of osun State, Sen­a­tor Iyi­ola omisore, in con­nec­tion with his role in the vic­tory of the can­di­date of the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress, Al­haji Gboyega oyetola, in the re­cently con­cluded osun State gov­er­nor­ship poll.

The Afenifere, un­der the lead­er­ship of Pa reuben Fa­so­ranti, had re­cently sus­pended omisore for one year for sup­port­ing the APC can­di­date in the re­run of the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

but Fasanmi crit­i­cised the Yoruba group for the sus­pen­sion, de­scrib­ing it as laugh­able.

Fasanmi was quoted in a state­ment made avail­able to our cor­re­spon­dent by the Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the ek­iti State chap­ter of Afenifere, Chief bio­dun Akin-fasae, as say­ing the Fa­so­ranti-led Afenifere had no moral right to sus­pend omisore for team­ing up with a pro­gres­sive party to win an elec­tion.

He said, “The ac­tion (omisore’s sus­pen­sion) is the most em­bar­rass­ing ac­tion taken by any­one or group since the death of the sage.

“It is laugh­able and dis­ap­point­ing for any­one to des­e­crate the hal­lowed name of Chief (obafemi) Awolowo with con­ser­va­tive po­lit­i­cal ten­dency as be­ing es­poused by the Fa­so­ranti and Ayo Ade­banjo group that has crossed the red line.

“The spirit of Chief obafemi Awolowo will never for­give who­ever has taken steps to bas­tardise the lega­cies he fought for all his life.”

Fasanmi, who was a mem­ber of the House of rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 1964/66 and a Sen­a­tor in 1979/83, said the Fa­so­ranti/ Ade­banjo group must stop talk­ing on be­half of the Yoruba race.

“They should not put Yoruba race on sale. The Yoruba race is com­fort­able with the pro­gres­sives as be­ing rep­re­sented by the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress, where the Yoruba is hav­ing the chunk of ap­point­ments, which has never hap­pened even when Chief obasanjo was pres­i­dent,” he said.

He also won­dered what the Afenifere wanted by its an­tibuhari pos­ture, adding that the stand could only pit them against Chief Awolowo and his lega­cies, which the Yorubas were still proud to as­so­ciate with.

but Ade­banjo, when con­tacted on the tele­phone by our cor­re­spon­dent on Satur­day, said Fansanmi had no right to speak for Afenifere be­cause he no longer par­tic­i­pated in the ac­tiv­i­ties of the group.

He said, “I think Fasanmi is suf­fer­ing from old age. When last did he at­tend any Afenifere meet­ing? What moral right has he to speak for Afenifere? What Afenifere’s func­tion has he taken party in in the last 10 years?

“I don’t want to be in­volved in con­tro­versy with any old man who has lost his bear­ing. The less talk about Fasanmi, the bet­ter. This is not the age when lead­ers in Yoruba­land should en­gage in who is what. That is not the ques­tion now. We want a bet­ter coun­try, a bet­ter nige­ria.

“Is that what we should be talk­ing about now when the Yoruba race is be­ing op­pressed by the north­ern hege­mony?’’

Pres­i­dent muham­madu buhari had sent emis­saries to omisore to woo him to sup­port the APC can­di­date in the osun State gov­er­nor­ship re­run held on Septem­ber 27.

omisore, hav­ing come a dis­tant third po­si­tion, sup­ported the APC in the re­run and the party won the elec­tion which is now a sub­ject of lit­i­ga­tion be­fore the elec­tion pe­ti­tions tri­bunal in the state.

•R:la­gos State Con­troller, Fed­eral Min­istry of Labour and Em­ploy­ment, Nnamdi Enuah; Pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional Com­mis­sion on Oc­cu­pa­tional Health, Dr. Jukka Takala; Med­i­cal Direc­tor, Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Ebute-meta, Dr. Adedamola Dada; La­gos State Com­mis­sioner for Spe­cial Du­ties, Oladejo Olus­eye; and Pres­i­dent, So­ci­ety of Oc­cu­pa­tional and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Physi­cians of Nige­ria, Dr. Okon Ak­iba, dur­ing the An­nual Sci­en­tific Con­fer­ence of SOEHPON in La­gos... on Fri­day. Photo: Goke Fa­madewa

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