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Restructuring: Ohanaeze, PANDEF, Afenifere, Join Forces Ahead of 2023 Presidential Polls

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As the 2023 elections draws near, major ethnic organisations have come together in a common front as regards pitching a presidential candidate who will bring to bear the agitations for true restructuring in the country. The groups include: Ohanaeze Ndig­bo, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum and the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) through its chairman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi is bridging the gap from the north having stated earlier in the week that the North is now ready for restructuring.

The Na­tional Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, corroborated this when he said that the various ethnic groups had been working together and would contin­ue to do so ahead of the 2023 general elections:

“The groups have been working together and will intensify the harmony in the interest of the badly fractured country towards restructuring.”

Odumakin also cleared the air on the allegation that Afenifere was sympathetic to the cause of the PDP.

According to him, there is no special deal with the PDP if the APC fields a se­rious candidate that is sin­cere about restructuring the nation.

“If the APC fields a seri­ous candidate on restructur­ing, there is no special deal with the PDP,” he said.

In another development, Odumakin also said that Afenifere had not endorsed Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, na­tional leader of the APC; Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State governor, Pastor Tunde Bakare or any non-Yoru­ba aspirant for the 2023 pres­idency.

However, mixed reactions trailed Bakare’s seeming endorsement of Tinubu for 2023 elections.

Reacting to the develop­ment, Odumakin said those who have the cathedral right to express views on the pul­pit should be careful of what they say.

“Those who have the cathedral right to express strong views on the pulpits of God and whose words are taken very seriously by their congregation should be care­ful of what they say to those who listen to them,” he said.

He added: “No, there is no doubt that Asiwaju is a leader in Yorubaland but he is not the leader of the Yoru­ba people. To say Asiwaju has done more for the Yoruba people is debatable. You will not earn our support because you are a Yoruba man but we will ex­amine what you stand for.

“We have not given sup­port to anyone at the mo­ment. We are watching those who are interested in the 2023 presidency, including Fayemi, Tinubu, and even Bakare himself and other non-Yoruba people.

“Where each candidate stands on the issue of re­structuring and federalism will determine who gets our support. Afenifere is not afraid to state our support for any candidate and any party.”

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