Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has maintained that Nigeria may remain undeveloped if the country’s constitution is not reviewed before the 2023 general election.
He also declared “if my son emerges as a Presidential candidate of any political party, I will not support him if Nigeria is not restructured”.
The elder statesman also asked the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, to negotiate the restructuring of the country before emerging as a presidential candidate.
A statement on Wednesday quoted the socio-cultural group’s chieftain said this during a bi-weekly meeting of the Yoruba Global Council, tagged, “The Platform”.
The Yoruba leader maintained that the Buhari Regime had deliberately ignored the restructuring of the country which was part of his central campaign mantra.
Adebanjo, while making reference to the Presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said he advised Bola Tinubu that “before becoming the Presidential flagbearer of the APC, in the first place, negotiate the restructuring of the country.”
“If my son emerges as a Presidential candidate of any political Party, I will not support him if Nigeria is not restructured. The Nigeria constitution is fraudulent and imposed on Nigerians by the military Government,” he added.
He clarified further that Afenifere leaders’ visit to Bola Tinubu when he returned from the United Kingdom was not about politics but to pay a solidarity visit to him as a bonafide Yoruba son.
The Afenifere leader also lamented that some APC leaders promised restructuring during the 2015 electioneering but reneged on their promises after the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said, “Even those who came into office advocating federalism like Tinubu, Segun Osoba, Bisi Akande. Do you remember how they came into office under restructuring, they now say restructuring is not their priority.
“I implore you to invite Bola Tinubu, Segun Osoba, Bisi Akande and others to this platform as well. Ask them why they derailed, advise them to persuade Mohammadu Buhari to restructure Nigeria before 2023 elections.”
“In 2021, Buhari telling me Nigeria’s constitution is not negotiable? What a balderdash! What an insult! That is not the agreement we made with the founding fathers.”
The spokesperson for the Yoruba Global Council, Lere Amusan, had highlighted the missions and vision of the group to Chief Ayo Adebanjo to include the restructuring of Nigeria which can only be a palliative measure to solve many pressing challenges Nigeria is facing today.
“Right now, people are in need of material gains, basic necessities of life, education, health, good roads and hospitals, and when these things are fixed due to more wealth redistribution then we will have lesser fights about security, corruption, tribalism, and nepotism,” Amusan said.