*Professor Banji Akintoye dumps the congres
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Leaders and members of various Yoruba Groups worldwide on Thursday met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital under the umbrella of Yoruba World Congress and endorsed an Interim Governing Council to steer the ship of the body
Announcing the11-man Interim Governing Council in a communique issued at the end of the second Convergence of Assembly of the Yoruba Groups worldwide held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament building, Secretariat, Ibadan, the body stated that the 11 man Interim Governing Council came into being following the dumping of WYC by its foundation President, Professor Banji Akintoye for Ilana Oduduwa.
In the communique, YWC stated that the interim Governing Council ” is to regulate the affairs of the body pending the inauguration of the General Assembly.”
The communique jointly signed by
Elder (Dr.) Taye Ayorinde JP, Sheikh Abdulraheem Aduramigba Comrade Victor Taiwo, Architect George Akinola, Bishop George Adegbolagun, Prince Eric Oluwole Comrade Abereoran, Papa Olalere Ayalu, Mr. Bayo Sangotiku, Comrade Taiwo Otitolaye, emphasized that the raising of the interim Governing Council is to avoid prevent vacuum in its leadership.
According to the communique the Interim Governing Council is to be Chairman by Elder (Dr.) Taye Ayorinde JP with other members as Dr. Amos Akingba, Chief Tola Adeniyi, Dr. Tunde Amusat, Sheikh Abdul-Raheem Aduranigba, (Chief Imam of Yoruba, Ilorin), Prof. Oluwakayode OgundoroOtunba Deji Osibogun, Mrs. Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo, Comrade Laoye SandaMr. Tajudeen Raimi (Pro Tem Diaspora Central Coordinator) andComrade Victor Taiwo.
“In view of Prof. Banji Akintoye’s movement to Ilana Oduduwa and his dumping of Yoruba World Congress, the Assembly of Yoruba Groups Worldwide in its second Assembly after the first one held on August 22, 2019, hereby states that Prof. Akintoye is no longer remains the President of YWC”, it
YWC added, “to maintain the identity of the Yoruba World Congress but with the slight modification of an affix “International” in order that we don’t throw the child away with the bath water. Thus what we have now is Yoruba World Congress International.”.
It stressed further, “rather than allow a vacuum to take place in the leadership of YWC International, we have proposed to carry along all the leaders of the organizations present to form what is known as the GENERAL ASSEMBLY so that everybody will have a sense of belonging unlike in the past 12 months.”
YWC maintained that “before the constitution of the General Assembly comprising the leaders of the organizations, it is proposed that we have an 11-man Interim Governing Council which will regulate the affairs of the body pending the inauguration of the General Assembly.”
Parts of the communique reads : * It has been proposed that the executive will be formed from among the members of the General Assembly.
*It has been proposed that several necessary committees shall be constituted by the members of the.It has been proposed that the members of the General Assembly shall have to institute a body to make the constitution drafting and structures available for the body.
*It has been proposed that a Board of Trustees (BoT) comprising Very Eminent and Important Personalities in the society shall be instituted into the BoT. It has been proposed that a body that will embrace all our Traditional Rulers shall be instituted. It has been proposed that there will be a body comprising the youth representatives of Yorubaland where all issues of the youths shall be discussed.
*It has been proposed that a body of 17-man Vice Presidents to be generated from across the 17 sub-ethnic groups in Yorubaland will be instituted as part of the General Assembly. These sub-ethnic groups are as follows: Ibadan/Ibarapa, Egba/Egbado, Ijebu/Remo, Oyo, EkitiIjesaland, Ikale/Ilaje, Ife/OrigboIgbomina/Ila, Awori, Itsekiri, Egun/Sabe/Popo/Oyi, AkokoEdo/Ibini, Okun, Ondo/Akure/Owo andIlorin/Ibolo/Ofa.