Fasoranti Didn’t Endorse Tinubu For Presidency – Afenifere Secretary
Mr Reuben Fasoranti, a leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere did not endorse BolaTinubu as a presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sola Ebiseni , the Secretary General of the group stated that Fasoranti’s position was a mere blessing rather than an endorsement.
The Chief Scribe of the Yoruba apex organisation disclosed this on Tuesday morning while fielding questions on the Arise TV show programme.
Recall that the ensuing confusion in the Yoruba socio-political group continued when Fasoranti was reported to have said that the frontline Yoruba group was for Tinubu and not for Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who was said to be in an acting capacity for the group, endorsed Obi, as he insisted that it was the turn of the South-East to produce the next president.
Shortly after Adebanjo endorsed Obi, Fasoranti threw his weight behind Tinubu’s 2023 bid and blessed him.
READ ALSO: Why Afenifere Insists On Supporting Obi For Presidency – Adebanjo
However, Ebiseni has come out to say that the meeting they held, which led to the purported endorsement of Tinubu, was not an Afenifere meeting.
“Was that an endorsement, an Afenifere endorsement? I would have loved you to ask that as the second leg of your question”.
“Now, as I told you, the meeting that they held was not an Afenifere meeting. That meeting – the notice of that meeting was issued in the name of a Whatsapp group, “Conscience of Yoruba Nation”.
“I am sure Dr Abati would be on that platform. The conscience of the Yoruba Nation, so many people are there; you don’t need to be a politician. I don’t know If Rufai is as political as Dr Abati because I know, at a time, he wanted to be a deputy governor.”
He added, “You see, those who expressed political inclination about this time, they gathered them in the Whatsapp group, and my brother says he is the director general.
“They told people, please, we are going to hold a meeting in respect of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency, and Pa Fasoranti has agreed to host and preside over that meeting; the duration of the meeting will be only from 11 pm to 1 am. two hours.
“I told you there was a debate from 29 July 2021 to 27 September 2022 (14 months of debate), compared with two hours of the jamboree.
It was not an endorsement; Baba has the power to bless anyone.
“So, many people will still go to Pa Fasoranti for blessing; it does not deter from the decision Afenifere had taken- endorsing Peter Obi”.
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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.
Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola
BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.
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