Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of the Afenifere–a Yoruba socio-political group–has denied he consulted his colleague Chief Ayo Adebanjo over Tinubu’s visit. Fasoranti, last weekend, gave his blessings to Tinubu, who is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
The APC standard-bearer visited Fasoranti and other Afenifere leaders to whom he presented his plans for the country.
Prior to the event, Adebanjo, who deputizes Fasoranti, had led some Afenifere members to endorse Tinubu’s challenger –Labour Party (LP) candidate Peter Obi.
In his bid to water down Fasoranti’s Tinubu endorsement, Adebanjo reiterated Obi was the group’s choice. He also claimed Fasoranti telephoned him ahead of Tinubu’s arrival, but he stood his ground on Obi.
However, Fasoranti denied he spoke to Adebanjo.
“I’m still the leader of Afenifere. Afenifere has not endorsed Obi, we are endorsing Jagaban (Bola Tinubu) for the presidency.
“As you can see, the trend, the approval and the acceptability. You could see what happened when Tinubu came to meet me in Akure. Media carried the whole thing. Adebanjo does not have the capacity to warn me not to welcome Tinubu. Can he do that successfully?
“What happened was that Adebanjo took a stand and I took a stand. I didn’t call him and he didn’t call me. We never spoke about the (Tinubu’s) visit. As you can see, Jagaban is accepted and we approve of him. Obi has no stand in our mind at all,” Fasoranti stated.
TheCornet, in March 2021, reported that Fasoranti stepped down as Afenifere leader for a younger Adebanjo.
“At 95, I am hardly able to provide such and so it is time for me to step aside. “At this junction, I am proud to announce Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a politician of the Awolowo school of thought as Acting leader of Afenifere and His Royal Highness, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago in Atakumosa East Local Government Area, as the Deputy Leader,” Fasoranti said at the time.