- A Yoruba group has denied claims of adopting President Muhammadu Buhari as its 2019 presidential aspirant
- The group said the reports are lies
- Afenifere said it was fully committed to the goal of saving Nigeria from collapse
The Afenifere group on Wednesday, September 5, denied claims of endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari or any other aspirant for the 2019 election.
The group said reports that the Afenifere leadership had adopted an aspirant for the forthcoming presidential election were lies.
Punch reports that the group said it was presently preoccupied with engaging presidential aspirants with a view to ensure Nigeria is restructured into a federal polity.
Afenifere in a statement signed by Reuben Fasoranti said it was fully committed to the goal of saving Nigeria from collapse.
Fosaranti also urged all Nigerians to, "wait for the appropriate time when we shall speak to our country".
“The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to a spurious report in circulation that the group has adopted a presidential aspirant for the 2019 elections. We ordinarily would have ignored the report as it makes no sense to suggest that a serious group would adopt an aspirant when political parties have yet to produce candidates.
“A rebuttal is, however, being issued for the sake of the unwary who may be hoodwinked by the said report," the statement read.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Ayo Fasanmi, a leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, had said that President Buhari is not too old to re-contest in the 2019 elections.
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The senator in a statement on Tuesday, September 4, also called on some Yoruba leaders to desist from the habit of condemning all the president’s policies.
He said the talk that the president was too old to contest was based on emotion noting that some young persons who have had the opportunities to perform in some positions have done badly.
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