by Joshua Timi
A group of prominent Yoruba Leaders have reaffirmed the need for the Yoruba race to re-elect Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the President of Nigeria come March 28, stating that the support for the President is for the total liberation of the entire country especially the minority groups which Chief Obafemi Awolowo had long agitated for.
The Yoruba Leaders who jointly took the decision at the post national conference summit held at Airport Hotel Lagos said Mr. President is the only Nigerian leader who dares all consequence to ensure the national confab that will solve the inherent problems of the nation held during his administration.
Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo maintained that the best thing that happened to the nation at present is the adoption of the total recommendations of the Confab results by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, which is a strong assurance for Yoruba race that re electing Jonathan is the only guarantee for its realization.
“The realisation of National Confab was not an emergency struggle but a long time agitation from the core Afenifere and must be defended to the end by voting for President Jonathan come March 28 for proper realization.
“It is evident that the All Progressive Congress, APC is a confused party for accepting to implement the resolution of the Confab reports which they had earlier revoke to be part of its formation. I was surprise to hear from APC publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed that it would be implemented when Buhar came to power.”
He stressed that the adoption of the Confab will liberate the country from the hand of the military which created arbitrary States and Local Governments and insisted sharing revenue must be based on the number of states and local government created at the expense of resource owners.
According to the convener of the summit, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the Southwest understands that the resolution of the Confab is the ingredient for justice, equity and fairness that the zone had been yearning for.
The Ondo State governor maintained that the Yoruba race had been at the forefront of National Confab agitation which was never sail through until March last year when the visionary President Jonathan made it a reality, adding that many had predicted that the Confab would end in chaos due to the ethnical and religious difference but the cooperation of the president made it a reality which must be finally sealed by the people of the region to outrightly vote for Jonathan.
In another reaction, the National Chairman of Alliance for Democracy, Senator Mojisola Akinfenwa reiterated that out of those that have rule the country, the only leader with good mind is President Jonathan who made Confab possible for Nigeria differences to be resolved
“I m not a PDP person but I strongly urge all Yorubas who want the progress of the zone and country at large to cast their vote for Jonathan for prompt growth, stating that the opposition APC leaders never wanted the Confab to come to reality and would subsequently frustrate its success if elected.”
Recalling how Yoruba leaders like Bola Ige, Pa Micheal Ajasin, Ambrose Ali including himself were cruelly dealt with by the government of Buhari and concluded that no true child of Yoruba would vote the APC presidential candidate for his hatred for ther zone. Also, at the summit were, Chairman of Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoroti, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Olabode George, Prof. Modupe Olatunbosun, Musliu Obanikoro, OPC founder and National Chairman of UPN, Dr Frederick Fasheun, Minister of state for work, Shola Adeyeye among others.
The Chairman of the Occasion, Chief Adebanjo read the communique adopted by the leaders as the Afenifere and leaders of the Yoruba from all the Yoruba states announced openly that all their people should vote Goodluck Jonathan come March 28.