Afenifere has berated Third Republic senator, Anthony Adefuye for claiming that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is not a Yoruba man.
Adefuye had claim that Obasanjo is the son of an Igbo man from Anambra State and a Yoruba mother.
He spoke while advancing reasons why the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the South-West.
“I believe in 2023, the APC will zone the Presidential ticket to the South. When it comes to the South, then it will be narrowed down to the South West because that is the only region that has not produced the President since 1999. It has always been the North and Igbos,” Adefuye told Daily Independent.
Reacting, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin said it was condemnable for Yoruba sons to disparage Obasanjo’s heritage for their personal interests.
He added that it was nonsensical for anyone to deny Obasanjo’s Yoruba ancestry.
“That was a twisted and perverted logic. The South West produced Nigeria’s president in the person of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for eight years 1999-2007.
“If anyone wants to be President, he should go ahead but not use the name of the highly sophisticated Yoruba race to push through a perverted logic to try to sell his candidacy.
“ Chief Obasanjo is a Yoruba man,” the Afenifere spokesman told The Punch.