Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has denied endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari, for the 2019 general elections.
The group further accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Bola Tinubu, also a Political Leader in the South-West, of being behind the “fake” endorsement of Buhari in the region.
Recall, that newspapers had reported on Friday, that some Afenifere Chieftains, led by Senator Ayo Fasanmi, endorsed Buhari, at a gathering in Ibadan, on Thursday.
Others who attended the gathering include Lagos APC Chieftain, Prince Tajudeen Olusi; a former Deputy Governor to Tinubu, Prince Biodun Ogunleye; APC Chieftain, Dr. Abayomi Fini; and a former Governor of the old Oyo State, Omololu Olunloyo.
Speaking on Friday, however, the Spokesman for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said that it was “unfortunate” that Tinubu, who had discredited Afenifere, could organise such a charade.
He stated that most of the people at the said gathering where Buhari was endorsed, were strangers to the group.
Odumakin added that the “renegade” group was only taking advantage of Senator Fasanmi, who is advanced in age.
Afenifere through Odumakin, disclosed: “That is a fake Afenifere group, powered by Bola Ahmed Tinubu. If you look at the names of the people at that particular group, the only person that was once with us, is Senator Fasanmi, and we believe they are just using him.
“The masquerade behind this entire show is Bola Tinubu, who has plenty of money. Why is he hiding under Afenifere? Has he not and his people been disparaging Afenifere? Why has Afenifere suddenly become attractive to them?
“When Afenifere was fighting for the rights of Yoruba people attacked by herdsmen in Ile-Ife and in Akure, where was Bola Tinubu? Suddenly, he remembers Afenifere, because elections are here.
“Let Tinubu come and meet us directly. Why is he hiding and using our name?”
Odumakin stated that Afenifere had said many times, that it would only be supporting a Candidate who supports restructuring, especially true Federalism.
He maintained that the endorsement would be announced after a meeting with other socio-cultural groups, such as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the Northern Elders Forum.
The Afenifere spokesman said: “We are for restructuring. And when it is time to endorse a Candidate, it will be a joint decision with Pan-Niger Delta Forum, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders Forum.”