The leader of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has said that presidential hopefuls from the South-West including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, should back out of the race.
Adebanjo disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with The PUNCH.
He said it was the turn of the South-East to produce Nigeria’s next President after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, in May 2023.
According to him, it is an injustice for a South-West President to emerge in 2023 after former President Olusegun Obasanjo from Ogun State had ruled from 1999 to 2007, while Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, also from Ogun State, has been in government since May 2015 and would have spent eight years in power by May 2023.
The statesman also said that the South-South zone had a shot at both President and Vice-President Positions with former President Goodluck Jonathan between 2007 and 2010 (as VP) and from 2010 to 2015 (as President).
He said, “Right now, is there a country for them to be President? There must be one country first before you can talk of an election. Is this the country Jonathan handed over to Buhari? Whether a Southern or a Northern candidate, let us unite everyone. We can’t get everyone united until we change this constitution.
“Are you safe? Talk about security. How am I sure that I won’t be shocked when I go to the police station, when electoral officers, soldiers, and policemen are being shot dead and I can’t travel to Maiduguri safely?
“All those who are clamouring for presidency, be it Jagaban (Tinubu) or Osinbajo, they should assure us of our safety first, that the country is safe, that we are one, then we talk of who is going to be President. They should forget about their ambitions now until there is safety. Nobody can go to the South-East now, and we are all living in denial.”