Afenifere suspends two secretaries over ‘unauthorised’ statement


The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has announced the suspension of its Publicity Secretary and its Organising Secretary, Mr Jare Ajayi and Abagun Kole Omololu respectively over alleged misconduct.

The group also insisted that the 2023 presidential election of February 25, was not credible saying it was marred with lots of irregularities.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the Afenifere meeting held at the residence of the leader of the group , Pa Ayo Adebanjo,at Isanya Ogbo Ogun State on Tuesday.

The communique was made available to The Punch in Akure, the Ondo State capital, by the National Secretary General of the association, Chief Sola Ebiseni.

According to the communique, the group said the suspension of the two officers was indefinite.

The Afenifere said it “observed the uncouth activities and unauthorised statements in its name and to the constant denigration of the organisation, by Jare Ajayi, the National Publicity Secretary and Abagun Kole Omololu the National Organising Committee

“After due consideration of the unending embarrassing conduct of the two officers, the meeting resolved that they be and are hereby removed immediately from their respective offices and their membership be suspended sine die pending further decisions after their appearance before and recommendations by the disciplinary committee.”

The group which insisted that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi won the last presidential poll, said it still stood by its position on the election.

The communique read in parts, ” The results of the lawful votes at the presidential election available to the Afenifere through credible sources confirm that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, won the said election and we, thus, support his decision challenging the contrary declaration by the INEC.

”We re-assert that for equity, fairness, national cohesion and peaceful corporate existence, the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a person of its southern part and specifically the South-East.

”We condemn in the strongest terms, the campaigns of calumny and acts of ethnic violence deployed by some politicians and their hired criminal gangs in several parts of the federation during the gubernatorial election particularly Lagos State where the election was made to appear like an inter-ethnic war between the Yoruba and Igbo which greatly led to voters’ suppression and other forms of deliberate disenfranchisement through brigandage,” the group said. (The PUNCH)