Former president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday visited the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa. Reuben Fasonranti where he held talks on the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
Obasanjo who was accompanied by his close ally, Otunba Oyewole Fasawe and Mr. Ayo Osuntokun, said it will be disastrous if they fail to rescue the country from the hands of the All Progressives Congress ,(APC), led federal government come 2019.
Obasanjo who was visiting Afenifere for the first time in 20 years said he was in Akure, the Ondo state capital to pay homage to the leader of the group which he referred to as his ‘Father’.
While commending Afenifere for standing by what they believe, Obasanjo said,” you have been talking about the interest of Yoruba, while I have been talking about the interest of Nigeria. Our paths crossed. Our priority is now one. If we did not repair this country, it will be disastrous.”
The former President who recalled how he was rejected by the group while seeking their support ahead of 1999 presidential election, said “ I remember visiting Pa Abraham Adesanya thrice in Lagos before the election and I was asked to join Afenifere and Alliance for Democracy (AD) then, but I told them that AD was cul-de-sac.
“Pa Abraham told me if I join, things will change but I refused to join them. I went back the second time but they refused to work for my emergence.
“I went there again the third time but Afenifere maintained their stand, they refused to vote for me but I secured my votes outside Yorubaland, though they supported me in 2003 for my re-election”.
Responding, leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa. Reuben Fasonranti, commended Obasanjo for his efforts at building a better country.
Pointedly, Fasoranti expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in the country, noting that the country is not being run properly.
His words “we are in full support of all the letters written by Obasanjo to President Muhmaadu Buhari on the state of the nation. We are dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the country. The country is not being run properly.”
The Yoruba leader who said Afenifere was in support of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and ADC said, “It will be the joy of everybody to present a formidable team to confront the evil government that is there now.”
His words, “Nothing is being done properly in the country presently; look at the killings in the North, the president is very silent about it. We are all Nigerians, if he can keep silent about the killing of his people that is bad enough.”
Present at the meeting include, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa, Kole Omololu, Sola Ebiseni , Chief Akin Omosebi , Femi Aluko among others.
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