By Chinenye Festus:-
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, The Afenifere Renewal Group(ARG Publicity Secretary in Ekiti, Prince Michael Ogungbemi, on Sunday, declared that the Yoruba nation is ready to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.
“ARG had met and we had concluded that the Yoruba nation is ready to lead Nigeria. We have a blueprint that we can present to any presidential candidate that can bring better democratic governance to all Nigerians.
The southwest is ready to take over. We have human and material resources. The political leaders must go on consultations.”
“We have six geopolitical zones, Southwest is just a block. Tinubu must lead this block. Also, Luckily, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who is the NGF Chairman, is from the southwest. We can’t go into that race with a divided house.
“Tinubu, Fayemi, Akande, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Prof Banji Akintoye, Senator Femi Okurounmu, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, Chief Afe Babalola(SAN) and others must convey a meeting of the progressive politicians in the zone so that we can be United. If we have a candidate that is acceptable to both the North and the South, we will surely win.
“They must move for a united family to clamor for the presidency for the southwest and produce a unified front. If they can speak with one voice, we will actually clinch this ticket, because it is our turn.” But Yoruba nation will blame Tinubu, Fayemi, and Akande if the southwest fails to clinch the ticket”, he said.
The socio-cultural and political body also advocated for what it called “classical restructuring” of the country that would correct the highly entrenched lopsidedness in all zones and ethnic groups in phases. The ARG said the APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, party’s pioneer Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande and the Chairman, Nigeria’s Governor’s Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi should deploy their strategic positions to unite the zone and clinch the presidential ticket that may likely be zoned to the South in APC.
By Chinenye Festus:-