More confusion and division has hit the South-West region of Nigeria as a new faction emerged from the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.
The Press Nigeria recalls that controversies started in the camp of Afenifere after the group purportedly endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for the 2023 presidency.
On the contrary, the Acting leader of the group, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, is supporting the former Governor of Anambra State and presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, to clinch the nation’s number political seat.
While the group is yet to reconcile its differences ahead of the 2023 general elections, in what appeared to be a twist, a New Afenifere emerged on Sunday.
According to reports reaching The Press Nigeria, the group declared on Sunday that its weight is fully behind the former Governor of Kano State and presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
The group is said to have met with the presidential candidate in Lagos on Sunday. Confirming the development, the Coordinator of New Afenifere, Comrade Ajibade Adeyeye, told reporters that his group chose to identify with the NNPP presidential candidate because of his track record.
He said: “The new Afenifere hereby states that we are concerned socio-political umbrella known as new Afenifere, and I dare say we have decided to take our future into our hands to prepare for the upcoming 2023 election.
“We have called on our elder statesmen not to impose on us anymore but to allow us to choose our preferred presidential candidate because we believe we are old enough to make decisions for ourselves and for our future.
“So, on behalf of the New Afenifere, we have decided to forge ahead and endorse the candidature of Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, together with his running mate, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, to see toward a new Nigeria.”
Kwankwaso is said to have welcomed the endorsement, assuring the New Afenifere of inclusive governance, stressing his party would salvage the country.
“Let me on behalf of the members of our party, thank the leadership of the New Afenifere for finding us worthy of this endorsement. I am not surprised that these young men have decided to endorse us because even in Kano, North West, South, we have young men and women who are supporting this course,” Daily Trust quoted the NNPP presidential candidate.
It added: “I believe NNPP is for the young people, world and everybody, so I want to thank you for the foresight and for doing the right thing and I want to assure you that our party will carry each and everyone along of you at the national level, zone, state and even at grassroots.
“Everybody knows today where we are in this country, the challenges that we have really have to do with the type of leadership that we had right from 1999 till date, and that is why we felt new ideas, new thinking must come in for us to change the status quo.
“The two parties have failed, in our opinion. PDP was the first to fail, and then we thought another progressive party in the name of APC would save this country, but many people think that even PDP was better than the APC because of where we found ourselves in terms of security, economy, dilapidated infrastructure and so on.
“Our young men can not go to school, either because of the strike, insecurity or money to buy forms or to maintain themselves in schools but our party has come out to ensure that every child has access to education, not minding it economic status. I thank you for creating time, and I want to assure you that we will work together in the southwest and in Nigeria.”