Prof Akinyemi Onigbinde, a foremost Afenifere leader, has said not a single member of the Executive Committee of Afenifere, under the leadership of Pa Ayo Adebanjo -as duly put in place by Pa Reuben Fasoranti- was present when the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Asiwaju Bola Tinubu visited Fasoranti in Akure, Ondo State.
In a write up credited to him, not even Afenifere General Secretary who is from Ondo and probably lives in Akure dignified the crowd of APC faithfuls at the premises of Fasonranti with his esteemed presence.
Onigbinde said, “Unknown to many, Pa Fasoranti called Pa Ayo Adebanjo and informed him of Bola Tinubu’s request to pay him a visit and wanted to know if he should go ahead to grant him audience. Pa Adebanjo adviced that it would not be proper to not receive the APC presidential candidate, as others would still come on such visits.
“I am a member of Afenifere EXCO, I am a member of the Caucus, and I am also on the political committee, and I was duly invited to the Akure meeting, through a telephone call by Alagba Seinde Arogbofa. I declined, and I informed him that he should inform Pa Fasoranti of my apology to not honour his invitation to join him in receiving Bola Tinubu.
“I look through the list of those present at the Akure “blessing” of the presidential bid of Bola Tinubu, they are majorly people whose ties with Afenifere is so distant, as to be non existent. Many of them, supposed Afenifere members, have not been at any Afenifere monthly general meetings in the last two years.They are at best functional APC members, who should be in the company of their party candidate to seek support from anyone that may be willing to give it. Yet, one or two who definitely went to Akure to honour Pa Reuben Fasoranti’s invitation, out of respect for the old man.
“On Bola Tinubu’s presidential bid, Afenifere’s stand is clear, and it is not an Ayo Adebanjo personal position.”