South-West socio-political organization, Afenifere, has called on vice president Osinbajo, and South-West governors to rally around the presidential flag bearer of APC, Tinubu to ensure his victory come 2023 general election.
Newsonline reports that Afenifere Renewal Group said the time has come for Osinbajo and other political leaders in the Yoruba nation to put aside their differences and work together with Tinubu.
In a press conference, in Ado Ekiti, on Sunday, the ARG spokesperson in Ekiti State, Prince Michael Ogungbemi, said, “The ARG on behalf of the Yoruba race applauded President Buhari for his statesmanship, ditto to the Northern progressives Governors’ forum, who rose above clannish sentiment and regional affinity by displaying the gravitas to embrace a pan-Nigerian decision that power must shift to the South.”
Ogungbemi said, “It is now time for the Southwest to display uncommon unity to complement the patriotic and progressive efforts of the APC members, who overwhelmingly elected Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the primary.”
ARG stated that “This is not the time to put up the toga of ego and sulk in the enmity of the past. We must chart a new course and work hard with the other five zones of the country for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to ascend the throne.”
Calling for support for Tinubu, Afenifere, said, “We hereby, humbly task Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Bisi Akande, the chairman, Southwest Governor’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor Kayode Fayemi, Ibikunke Amosun, Rauf Aregbesola and other bigwigs in the progressive fold to midwife sincere and genuine reconciliation among contending forces and unite for Tinubu.”
“The trajectory of election in Nigeria since 1999 clearly presents an unassailable narrative that no zone can singlehandedly produce Nigerian President without recourse to the sensibilities and cooperation of others. With this reality, we must jettison primordial sentiments and divisive comments, and form a formidable coalition with the Igbos, Fulani Hausa, Kanuri, and other ethnic nationalities to galvanize support for Asiwaju Tinubu in the forthcoming election.
“One thing is certain, failure is not an option for us in this election as the APC had done us a great deal of favour by voting for a worthy and enigmatic leader of Southwest progressive politics to take over after President Buhari”.