2023 Presidency: Hold Tinubu, Akande, Fayemi Responsible If S’West Fails – Afenifere

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Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), has said that the frontline Yoruba leaders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) would be held responsible if the presidential ticket of the party in 2023 polls eludes the geo- political zone due to unwarranted  divisions amongst them.

The ARG, said the APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, party’s pioneer Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande and the Chairman, Nigeria’s Governor’s Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi should deploy their strategic positions to unite the zone and clinch the presidential ticket that may likely be zoned to the South in APC.

The socio -cultural and political body, also canvassed for what it called “classical restructuring” of the country that would correct the highly entrenched lopsidedness in all zones and ethnic groups in phases.

Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti,the Ekiti State capital on Saturday, the ARG Publicity Secretary in Ekiti, Prince Michael Ogungbemi, said with the impression that the APC may zone the presidency to the South after President Muhammadu Buhari two terms in office, that the Southwest has the prospect of occupying the position and lead Nigeria to prosperity.

He said: “About 2023, ARG had met and  we had concluded that the Yoruba nation is ready to lead Nigeria. We have a blueprint that we can present to any presidential candidate that can bring a better democratic governance to all Nigerians.

“The southwest is ready to take over. We have human and material resources.
The political leaders must go on consultations. We have six geopolitical zones,Southwest is just a block. Tinubu must lead this block. Also, Luckily, Dr. Kayode Fayemi,who is the NGF Chairman,is from the southwest.

“They must move for a united family to clamour for presidency for the Southwest and produce a unified front. If they can speak with one voice,we will actually clinch this ticket, because it is our turn.

“We can’t go into that race with a divided house. Tinubu, Fayemi, Akande, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Senator Femi Okurounmu, Senator Ayo Fasanmi,Chief Afe Babalola(SAN) and others must convey a  meeting of the progressives politicians in the zone, so that we can be United. If we have a candidate that is acceptable to both the North and the South, we will surely win.

“But Yoruba nation will blame Tinubu, Fayemi and  Akande, if the Southwest fails to clinch the ticket”, he stated.

Speaking about restructuring, the ARG Chief told President Muhammadu Buhari that the country can’t run away from it, saying it remains the best panacea for peace and unity among diverse Nigerian citizens.

“Nigeria needs to be restructured, but what we need is classical restructuring , it might not be holistic for now. With restructuring, governance at the state will be healthier and more benefiting, the running of the states will be healthier.

“Governance under presidential system is very powerful and costly, but with power residing in the states and local governments,things will be better. We must  must have a roundtable referendum to achieve this. It is not to satisfy certain groups,it will bring geometric progressive order, because we have not been moving at the right pace”.

On the proposed reopening of schools during Covid 19, Ogungbemi appealed to the Federal government to fumigate all schools before reopening, in order not to endanger the lives of the children.

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