2023: Why Afenifere’s rooting for Igbo president – Ayo Adebanjo


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Leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has explained his call for the 2023 presidency to be zoned to the South-East geopolitical zone.

The nonagenerian spoke in an interview with Saturday Sun.

He said his support for a president from the South-East was borne out of a need for “fairness, justice and equity”.

“We have been doing rotation, it is only South-East that has not produced the president. How can the rest of the country be ganging up against them?

“We are not saying the truth. It is their right to produce the president, any other argument is selfish and such people are not serious about Nigeria,” Adebanjo said.

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Asked why he was not backing a Yoruba man, the Afenifere leader said, “I was taught politics of fairness, justice and equity.

“Have the Yoruba not produced the president and the vice president? Have the South-East got it? If you were in the shoes of the Igbo and the presidency is coming to the South and it is going back to the Yoruba, is that fairness and how would you feel?

“We are just busy deceiving ourselves to find one lame argument or the other. I love Nigeria to be one. Anything short of that; you are pushing the South-East out of Nigeria.”

Adebanjo called for a review of the 1999 constitution before the next election cycle.

“If Buhari is sincere, let him step down the constitution and get another one before the election, unless we want to continue to deceive ourselves,” he said.

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