In a recent revelation, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, the esteemed leader of Afenifere, a prominent Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, spoke candidly about his support for Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, during the last general elections. At a book presentation, Pa Adebanjo reiterated that his endorsement was rooted in principle and a firm belief in the need for a new constitution to address the pressing challenges facing Nigeria.
Pa Adebanjo’s statements, reported by Vanguard, shed light on the motivations behind his support for Peter Obi. According to the elder statesman, Obi stood out for his commitment to changing the system of corruption in the country, a stark contrast to others who seemed driven by opportunities for personal gain.
“Many people don’t know why I took a strong stand on supporting Obi. It is not because of anything, it’s a matter of principle,” stated Pa Adebanjo. “If they are sincere to continue this country together, they must adopt federalism, and state police is a component of a federal system.”
He emphasized the critical need for constitutional change, asserting that the current constitution, a relic of military imposition, encapsulates the root of the country’s challenges. Pa Adebanjo urged the younger generation not to place unwavering trust in the present leaders, suggesting that those aligned with Peter Obi demonstrated a genuine commitment to reform, while others were merely seeking opportunities for personal gain.
“Others were looking for an opportunity to loot, Obi wanted to change the system of corruption,” declared Pa Adebanjo, underlining the contrasting visions that shaped his endorsement during the elections.