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Pa Reuben Fasoranti who is currently the elder statesman and who is also a leader of Afenifere, on Thursday affirmed that Chief Ayo Adebanjo is still the Acting Chairman of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group.
Mr Fasoranti had also asserted that he has never advocated that the organisation’s meetings would be moved from the hometown of Adebanjo in Ogbo-Ijebu, Ogun State, to his country home in Akure, Ondo State.
The Afenifere leader had also managed to emphasize that the report which had been credited to him was intended to polarize Afenifere and cause confusion and Fasoranti had also disclosed this in a statement which had been signed by his Personal Assistant, Mr. Adedayo Abiola. The Afenifere foremost leader insisted that the group must continue to uphold the honour of the Yoruba race.
He also emphasized that his main priority is the Yoruba’s interest in the nation’s political system.
“It has come to Papa R.F. Fasonranti’s knowledge that some sections of the media, especially the social media, have been ascribing to him false statements designed to cause confusion and polarize Afenifere.
“I have Papa’s permission to say that he has not said that Chief Ayo Adebanjo is no longer the acting leader of Afenifere or that all future Afenifere meetings should henceforth be held at his residence in Akure.”
Ahead of the 2023 election, both leaders of the Yoruba mainstream socio-cultural group had endorsed two different presidential candidates while causing a bit of some conflict within the organisation and it had been reported that Adebanjo pledged to support Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, LP, and Fasoranti endorsed Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.