LAGOS NIGERIA. The pan Yoruba organisation, Afenifere, has said that the South West would prefer to vote for a presidential candidate who would push for the restructuring of the country, over the prospect of a 2023 presidency.
Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is deceiving the South West by promising them the 2023 presidency, a promise the party also made to the South East.
“The 2023 promise of a South West presidency is just about the presidential ambitions of Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Power Babatunde Fashola.
Odumakin said Yoruba will vote for restructuring over the prospect of a 2023 presidency because it is the only condition in which the zone can rapidly develop.
He accused the party of promising the South West, the 2023 presidency out of selfishness, and added that the fact President Muhammadu Buhari has not saved the nation from insecurity as such, Yoruba have nothing much to gain from having the presidency.
Odumakin said: “I assure you that even the most illiterate of South West voters understand what restructuring is because they lived their lives when the Western Region had autonomy.
“They remember that we had the first television station; under federalism. They know that if Pa Awolowo had to go to Abuja to get a licence for a television station, the South West would probably not have had the first station.
They know what it means to have free education, but, Yourba people are now beggars under this arrangement.
“Yoruba voters prefer restructuring, which would speed up development instead of a 2023 South West presidency which is actually a power grab for a few people.