Members of the Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Tuesday, October 9, held a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, over the 2019 general elections.
At the end of the meeting, which started late in the afternoon and lasted more than two hours, Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of the group, told journalists that the meeting was about the choice of leadership for the country in 2019, Sahara Reporters states.
He also reportedly disclosed the group will soon disclose the presidential candidate it will support in the forthcoming general elections.
He said though the 2019 election “is going to be interesting, what is paramount to the Yoruba race is restructuring.”
“The 2019 election is going to be interesting. The most important thing for us is restructuring and clearly, you should know that Afenifere will always support a candidate that is ready to restructure the country because without restructuring we are going nowhere.
“We have heard someone saying that 2014 report was kept in the archive and we have also heard another person saying that Nigeria can be restructured clearly, so we know where to go. We are going to make a pronouncement very soon. The pendulum is swinging and we will know where it will swing,” he said.
The group also explained that some months ago, Obasanjo came to Lagos to visit one of its leaders, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, “and we discussed some issues and today we are here to as well to visit him (Obasanjo) and appreciate his visit to Lagos the other time.
“We are trying to further the friendship so that there can be harmony in Yoruba land so that our people can know that leaders across divides are coming together to discuss the way forward,” Odumakin said.
Members of the group who attended the meeting include Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun state; former minister of state for defence, Dupe Adelaja; former Nigerian ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, Senator Femi Okurounmu, Professor Banjo Akintoye, Yinka Odumakin, Supo Sonibare, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Hon. Oladipo Olaitan.