Thursday, May 13

Tag: Chief Ayo Adebanjo

This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere
Politics

This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said the ''failure'' of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country is fuelling agitations of secession by groups within the country. Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, 93, alleged Buhari's stubbornness to implement federalism will only make secession inevitable while also saying Buhari was hiding in the 'Fulanization' of Nigeria The Yoruba chieftain also said the 2023 election will not happen in Nigeria if the current state of insecurity is not handled while claiming the country's leadership has no clue on how to handle the security crisis in the country. "The people in charge have no clue to manage the country. And as long as you are not carrying every section of the country along with you, you can’t win any ...
2023: South-West Governors Creating Problem For Tinubu – Miyetti Allah
News

2023: South-West Governors Creating Problem For Tinubu – Miyetti Allah

One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, says South-West governors, with their anti-herdsmen stance, are creating problem for the All Progressives Congress Chieftain, Bola Tinubu, and his rumoured presidential ambition in 2023. Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, spoke on Wednesday while featuring on PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. Of late, nomadic herders in parts of the country, especially in the South-West geopolitical zone, have been accused of trespassing on farmlands of host farmers with their cattle. Farm produce worth millions of naira have been destroyed in the last few months. Some herders have also been accused of raping women in host communities, kidnapping the rich and in some cases, killing host residen...
Buhari Won’t Hand Over To Tinubu In 2023 – Ayo Adebanjo
Politics

Buhari Won’t Hand Over To Tinubu In 2023 – Ayo Adebanjo

The new leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), won’t hand over power to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu. He said this in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noting that Buhari and Tinubu are deceiving themselves. Adebanjo also tackled Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC governors in the South-West for being silent on the restructuring of the country. He said, “The exception is the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi (Makinde). They are all under the canopy of Tinubu, who himself is under the canopy of (the President, Major General Muhammadu) Buhari. But they are deceiving themselves that Buhari would hand over to him (Tinubu) sinc...
2023: Don’t Let Northerners Divide You, Adebanjo Tells Jonathan, Tinubu, Fayemi
Politics

2023: Don’t Let Northerners Divide You, Adebanjo Tells Jonathan, Tinubu, Fayemi

Elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, on Saturday warned Southern politicians, especially those in the South-West not to allow Northerners cause division among them on the issue of who becomes President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023. Speaking with SATURDAY INDEPENDENT, Adebanjo who accused the Northerners of using ‘divide-and-rule tactics’, said while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been clamouring that the presidency should be zoned to the South in 2013, it has been dangling its presidential ticket among prominent politicians in the region so as to cause confusion among them. He mentioned former Lagos state governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former president Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rotimi Amaechi, the M...
Herdsmen: Tinubu Silent Because He Does Not Want To Offend Buhari – Adebanjo
Politics

Herdsmen: Tinubu Silent Because He Does Not Want To Offend Buhari – Adebanjo

A leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, is afraid to speak on the Fulani herdsmen crisis in parts of the South-West region because he does not want to offend the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Adebanjo spoke on Wednesday on a PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. According to him, Tinubu has not condemned the attacks by Fulani herdsmen against the Yoruba people because of his presidential ambition in 2023. The Afenifere chieftain said Tinubu believes that Buhari will help him become the next president of the country. Of late, Fulani herdsmen have been accused of perpetrating crimes ranging from kidnappings, killings, rape to invasion of farmland...
North May Keep Presidency For 100 Years – Ango Abdullahi
Politics

North May Keep Presidency For 100 Years – Ango Abdullahi

The Chairman of Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi has warned that the North will only support candidates from the region in the race for 2023 presidency. He condemned outspoken Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo for blaming Hausa/Fulani as being responsible for Nigeria’s problems saying it is an illusion to create a new Nigeria without the Hausa/Fulani. He emphasized that zoning or power shift, which many southern leaders are agitating for is unconstitutional and would not be supported by the North. He spoke further on these and more in this interview by ABDULLAHI HASSAN in Zaria. Northern elders have been silent on national issues for quite some time. What happened? It is true that for quite some time especially in the month preceding the 2019 elections, the Norther...
Those Promising Tinubu Presidency In 2023 Are Just Deceiving Him – Adebanjo
Politics

Those Promising Tinubu Presidency In 2023 Are Just Deceiving Him – Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, an elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain on Thursday insisted that some power brokers in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are merely deceiving Asiwaju Bola Tinubu about handing over power to him in 2023. Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Adebanjo said he is disappointed that though Tinubu rode on the back of restructuring to become governor in 1999, he has turned his back on the issue despite playing a key role in bringing the current administration to power. ” I have always said that Tinubu came to office on the basis of restructuring and till now, he has not denied it. I am not really interested in Tinubu or 2023, what is paramount to me now is restructuring”. “Anybody promising Tinubu they will hand over to him in 2023 are just...
‘No Igbo President, No Nigeria’ – Elder Statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo
Politics

‘No Igbo President, No Nigeria’ – Elder Statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo

Elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has come hard on politicians from other regions angling to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. In this interview with VINCENT KALU, the Afenifere leader, said for peace to reign in Nigeria, the Southeast should produce the next president of the country. According to him, unless the nation goes back to true federalism, Nigeria is headed towards a breakup. What is your view on the allegation made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that plans were underway to ‘Fulanise’ and ‘Islamise’ Nigeria and West Africa? I have been talking about it before, and some people said that I was talking non- sense. When he was in power, he encouraged them to have Sharia. I have been saying it, and I even accused the vice president that, as a pastor, h...
We Have Evidence That Buhari Rigged 2019 Election –  Ayo Adebanjo
Politics

We Have Evidence That Buhari Rigged 2019 Election – Ayo Adebanjo

Ayo Adebanjo, a factional leader of the Pan-African Yoruba group, Afenifere, said he has evidence that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari rigged his re-election in February. “I maintain my stand that until the Supreme Court rules that he is validly elected, I will not recognise him. We have evidence that the election was rigged, let the court decide otherwise. That is all I am saying,” Adebanjo said in reaction to the call for his arrest for treason by National Democratic Front (NDF). Adebanjo had, in February, described the 2019 presidential election ‘as a joke’. He insisted he will not recognise Buhari, who was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as president. “Right now, Buhari is the president declared by INEC and ...
Fani-Kayode Tells Authorities To Arrest Chief Adebanjo For Not Recognizing Buhari
Politics

Fani-Kayode Tells Authorities To Arrest Chief Adebanjo For Not Recognizing Buhari

Femi Fani-Kayode, previous Aviation Minister, has cautioned against capturing a pioneer of the Yoruba socio-social gathering, Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo for not perceiving President Muhammadu Buhari as the victor of the presidential race. Adebanjo had raised caution of his capture in the wake of saying he won’t perceive Buhari’s administration until the Supreme Court gives a last decision. Adebanjo had, in a meeting, portrayed the 2019 presidential race as a joke, saying he couldn’t perceive Buhari who was announced champ of the decision, as president-elect. Nonetheless, the National Democratic Front (PDF), required the prompt capture and arraignment of Adebanjo. The gathering guaranteed Adebanjo’s remark added up to conspiracy and articulations equipped for diving the nation into a...
We Won’t Respond To Ayo Adebanjo – Presidency
Politics

We Won’t Respond To Ayo Adebanjo – Presidency

The presidency on Wednesday said it will not comment on the remarks made by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and Afenifere leader that he will not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential election until the courts declares him as the winner. Adebanjo in a chat with Daily Independent had also said he is ready for arrest if the Federal Government believes his remark is treasonable. Speaking with our correspondent, Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President said he has no reaction to Adebanjo’ s statement, adding that the Afenifere leader is merely expressing his opinion. “I don’t have any reaction to what he has said. He is only expressing his opinion”. On calls by some Nigerians that Adebanjo shoul...
Osinbajo Is A Dishonest Intellectual, A Disgrace – Ayo Adebanjo
Politics

Osinbajo Is A Dishonest Intellectual, A Disgrace – Ayo Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has described the 2019 presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari as a farce, saying he could not recognise him as president-elect. In a chat with Daily Independent, Adebanjo expressed optimism that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would reclaim his mandate at the court. He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly declared President Buhari as winner of the election. He said: “The election was a farce. I don’t regard Buhari as president. Buhari was wrongly declared winner by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). When we get to court, we would know who the real president is. “Ho...
Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Northern Elders, N-Delta Forum reject Buhari’s re-election
News

Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Northern Elders, N-Delta Forum reject Buhari’s re-election

The Forum of Nigerian Leaders and Elders has picked holes in the outcome of the  February 23 presidential election, insisting that President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory is illegitimate. While it reviewed major developments leading to the election, the management of the electoral process, the conduct and announced outcome of the election, the Forum said the poll was fraught with irregularities. From left, Co-chairmen YIIEGBA an inter-ethnic coalition, Prof. Anya O. Anya, Dr. Christopher Kolade; Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and General Ike Nwachukwu(retd) at a meeting on restructuring of the nation in Lagos. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) immediately fired back, saying the Forum’s position was irrelevant after Nigerians had spoken at the polls. The Forum had, i...
Buhari Can’t Restructure By Military Fiat – Presidency
News

Buhari Can’t Restructure By Military Fiat – Presidency

The Presidency yesterday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has no powers to restructure the country ‎by military fiat. It noted that restructuring and other constitutional changes are within the purview of ‎the National Assembly members who are the elected representatives of the people. The presidency advised opinion leaders in the country to exercise restraint in their choice of words to avoid heating up the polity and causing acrimony across the country. Defending the president’s speech on Monday on his return from a medical vacation, the presidency said to criticise Buhari for not responding to calls for restructuring of the country – ‘whatever that means’ – is completely off the mark. The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, ...
Restructure Nigeria, Give Each Region Separate Constitution – Adebanjo
News

Restructure Nigeria, Give Each Region Separate Constitution – Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a leader of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has advocated a restructuring of Nigeria that would allow each region of the country to have a distinct Constitution to reflect the autonomy and differences among the regional units. He made the call in Lagos while speaking at a political colloquium yesterday He said: “Nigeria is running a unitary system of government; you cannot run Nigeria as a military system of government considering the ethnic groups. We have passed that stage. “Don’t let anybody tell you lies, the word restructuring is not a strange or new word. All we are fighting for today dated back to 1954.” Noting the role of the military in dismantling the autonomy of the various regions, he said: “It was the military that destructured Nigeria. ...
Southern Leaders Berate N’Assembly Over Devolution Of Powers
News

Southern Leaders Berate N’Assembly Over Devolution Of Powers

The Southern Leaders Forum has condemned the decision of the National Assembly to reject devolution of powers in its ongoing constitution amendment. At a meeting yesterday in Chief A.K. Horsfall house in Lagos to appraise the state of the nation, the forum described the decision of the legislators as a complete disregard for the popular demand for devolution of more powers to the federating units from the overburdened central government. Among the leaders of the South West, South South and South East present at the meeting were Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; former Director General of the Department of State Services, Horsfall; former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. Joe Irukwu; former Minister of External Affairs, Maj. Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (rtd); Secretary of the Yoruba C...
Afenifere Chieftain Faults Osinbajo On Restructuring
News

Afenifere Chieftain Faults Osinbajo On Restructuring

Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, yesterday faulted the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinabjo, for describing those agitating for restructuring as political jobbers. Adebanjo said this yesterday at the Southern Leaders’ Forum meeting in Lagos. Reacting to the acting president’s remarks that those championing the call for restructuring were looking for appointments, the Afenifere leader, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said: “That is a very unfortunate statement. I wouldn’t like it to appear that we are attacking our acting president. The acting president was born on the principle of restructuring. myself and his father were followers of Awolowo since the 1950s.” Speaking further, he said: “He cannot say we are looking for appointment, is it me or Horsfall or G...

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/gqbzggmy/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4757