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‘Emi Lokan a personal agreement between Buhari and Tinubu’ – Adebanjo claims at LP’s Lagos rally.

The leader of the pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, on Saturday, alleged that the popular “Emi Lokan” chant by the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was the outcome of his succession agreement with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former Lagos State governor came up with the term which means “it’s my turn” at a meeting he held with APC supporters in Abeokuta, Ogun State, before the party’s presidential primary in June last year.

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At the event, Tinubu stunned Nigerians by declaring that Buhari would not have won the 2015 presidential election without his support.

However, Adebanjo, who addressed the Labour Party supporters at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos, the venue of the party’s final presidential campaign rally, stressed that the term did not represent the interest of the Yoruba people.

READ ALSO: ‘Tinubu deceiving himself if he thinks northerners will vote for him’ —Pa Adebanjo

The elder statesman is a major supporter of LP’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

He declared his support for the former Anambra State governor last year and stressed the need for the South-East to produce the country’s next president later this month.

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Adebanjo said: “The one who said ‘it is my turn’ is his agreement with Buhari.

“Emilokan didn’t say it is the turn of the Yoruba. Emilokan’s agreement with Buhari was that when Buhari leaves office, he will take over. (But) were you there when he said that?

“I said before that if Obi does not come in as the president, forget Nigeria. The northern elders now say I want to impose Obi on them. No! They want to impose a northerner on us, and we said no.”


2023: “The North won’t vote you” – Ayo Adebanjo taunts Tinubu.

The leader of Afenifere, a pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, on Saturday, took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, saying Northerners would not vote for him.

Adebanjo also urged Tinubu to quit the race and declare support for his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi.

He spoke alongside another top member of Afenifere, Senator Femi Okunronmu, during the LP presidential campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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The campaign rally which held at the Ake Palace ground has in attendance, Obi, his vice presidential candidate, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed Datti, the national Chairman of LP, Julius Abure, and other party leaders.

Addressing the crowd, Adebanjo who spoke in Yoruba, took a swipe at Tinubu, describing him as a failure.

He asked Tinubu to withdraw his candidature and join Obi/Datti movement, saying the North he is banking on, would disappoint him.

The Afenifere leader described the LP as the new the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) which according to him would save Nigerians from the misrule of the APC.

Adebanjo said, “All those that know Tinubu should tell him. I have always told and I will tell him again, the Northers will not vote for him.

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“He (Tinubu) should come back home now and support Obi because when they finally defeat him, he won’t have the courage to come back home again, if he comes back now, we will forgive him and take him back.

“I have told you before and I want to say it again, Labour Party is now NADECO, those of us supporting Obi are the ones that want good governance, we want Nigeria to be better, we want to liberate ourselves from the captive of the ruling class.”

Obi had earlier paid a visit to the palace of the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo before addressing hundreds of youths at a town hall meeting held within the premises of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).

Speaking at the Alake palace, Obi described Nigeria as one of the most insecure countries of the world “which is no longer in control of your territory”.

He said, “For me, I have served the people of Anambra State and was rated as number 1 in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the records are there. Even in the areas of education and taking people out of poverty without borrowing a Kobo from anybody and I paid all the pensions being owed before I assumed office.

“So, let presidential candidates come out and show Nigerians what they have done in the past before aspiring to govern the country.

“We are determined for a new Nigeria; we want people who are confident, who are qualified for the job. This year’s elections is very essential, we can no longer be comfortable with incompetence. We want people who will show commitments; this job requires physical and mental energies. So, w want people who are ready for the job. Myself and Datti want to change Nigeria.”

Tinubu’s visit: Ayo Adebanjo raises alarm of plan to divide Afenifere.


The leader of the pan-Yoruba group Afenifere Chief Ayo Adebanjo has reacted to Mr. Bola Tinubu’s visit to a former leader of the group Pa Reuben Fasoranti, saying the comments trailing it are an attempt to divide the group.

Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), visited Pa Fasoranti in Akure on Sunday where the former Lagos State governor was endorsed.

But during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Chief Adebanjo who earlier endorsed Labour Party (LP)’s Peter Obi said the latest move was aimed at splitting the group.


“There is nothing going on other than an attempt to split Afenifere to which I will not be a party,” he said on Monday.

“It is a sort of conspiracy among those who want to see Afenifere divided. They have been on this plan for over a month ago and my members came to me to alert me about it and I said, ‘Don’t talk about it. It would be a diversion’,” the Afenifere chieftain added. “All we want now is an election on issues.”

He said Pa Fasoranti had called to inform him about Tinubu’s planned visit. He said the former Afenifere leader was initially not open to receiving the APC candidate but he persuaded him to do so.

“I will tell you the story and I won’t go further,” he said. “Pa Fasoranti phoned me on Friday that Tinubu had phoned him and that he wanted to come and see him and he wanted to say no. I said no, don’t do that, you are an elder statesman. If he wanted to see you, why not?”

As far as he is concerned, Obi’s endorsement is based on the principles of equity as the South-East has not produced a president since the return of democracy in 1999. Since the South-West and South-South have produced the president, he said it is the turn of the South-East.

“South-South has had its own and I said it is remaining the South-East,” he noted.

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Afenifere re-advocates South-East Presidency “for that ears to hear”


The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has re-echoed calls for the presidential seat to be zoned to the South-East region of the country, insisting its stance is based on morality.

The leader of the group, Ayo Adebanjo, said this on Sunday in Ogun State, explaining that the region should produce the next president in the spirit of fairness and unity.

“It is a question of principle. It is a question of morality. It’s a question of being inclusive in everything we do,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. “If you want peace, you must have equity.”

According to him, since the South-West has had its turn with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the South-South with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, political parties should zone the post to the South-East.




“Is South-East not in the south? Is it not in Nigeria?” the Afenifere leader asked, maintaining that the country had always given consideration to every part even during the pre-Independence days.

For him, moves such as federal character and zoning, are some of the things that have given Nigerians a sense of oneness.

“It is because of this inclusiveness we put federal character in the constitution,” he added.

The elder statesman, who also spoke about moves to review the constitution, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of having a “private agenda” for not pushing for the creation of state police in the country.

“Until you change this constitution – it is the problem of the country – you won’t get anywhere and there is evidence that Buhari is not willing because, in my own view, he has a private agenda,” Chief Adebanjo said.

State police, he said, is the panacea to tackling the rising levels of insecurity across the country, lamenting the increased crime rate.

He said the “everyday kidnapping; everyday bombing” and other crimes are serious issues, expressing concerns that they may affect the conduct of next year’s polls




Afenifere calls on GNU to tackle insecurity ahead of 2023.


The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has called for a Government of National Unity (GNU) ahead of the 2023 general elections.

In a communique issued on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, Afenifere said that the national unity government would help tackle insecurity challenges and midwife a new Democratic Government.

The call followed a meeting held on Wednesday at the country home of its acting leader, Ayo Adebanjo, in Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.

The group also berated the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s handling of the security challenges, saying that he lacked the capacity to resolve the country’s challenges, hence the need for a government of national unity.

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It also accused the Federal Government of showing that it was incapable and unwilling to tackle the identified problems in the country.

In addition, Afenifere recommended that states that were ready for the management of a police force be allowed to establish one.

It, however, commended the performance of the Amotekun Security Network operating in the South West in collaboration with the security agencies.

According to the group, all criticisms against the establishment of the state police are unfounded and self-serving with the performances of the security outfit.

Read the full text of the communique issued by the group below:

The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, held its second general meeting 2022 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. The meeting held at the country home of the Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.

The meeting was attended by some leaders and members of Afenifere from all the states in Yorubaland.

Among the leaders in attendance were the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofo Bucknor-Akerele, Chief Supo Sonibare as well as Chairmen and Members from the States.

The Ag. Leader welcomed Members and urged them to be more committed. The meeting deliberated extensively on various issues pertaining to the Nigerian nation, especially in the way they affect the Yorubas.

The meeting reviewed the various challenges that Nigeria is facing particularly the choking insecurity that is threatening the country very seriously. The situation is now so precarious that no part of the country is safe at any time.

The meeting also discussed the general elections slated for next year, 2023. An issue that Afenifere has been advocating, Restructuring, was also discussed once again.

After extensive deliberations, Afenifere resolved as follows:

The situation in the country is in a more decisive manner. In view of the seriousness of the situation and considering the fact that the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has shown that it is incapable and unwilling to tackle the identified problems, Afenifere hereby strongly advocates for a Government of National Unity.

Such a Government of National Unity is to tackle the insecurity problems and midwife a new Democratic Government.

Once again, Afenifere is reiterating its position that restructuring of the Nigerian State must take place before the much-vaunted elections.

We also recommend that States that are ready must be allowed to establish their own Police Forces. The performance of Amotekun Security Network in the South West in conjunction with the Nigerian Police has shown clearly that all the criticisms against State Police are unfounded and self-serving.

Signed by Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi