Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday, disclosed why it supported the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party during the 2015 and 2019 general election.
The group noted that it supported the candidate of the PDP because its candidates promised that they would restructure Nigeria.
The spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, stated this during an interview with Punch on Wednesday.
Odumakin disclosed this when asked if Afenifere had turned to an arm of the PDP.
He further stated that PDP is not the only party that the pan-Yoruba group had declared its support for.
Responding to why the party supported PDP in the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections, Odumakin said, “In 2007, Afenifere endorsed Buhari as the presidential candidate of ANPP. So, whoever we endorse at any election is a function of what they represent.”
“When Afenifere endorsed Buhari, he was saying that supported restructuring. On the two occasions (2015 and 2019) that Afenifere has endorsed PDP, the party stood on the question of restructuring. It is not about the party, it is a function of what they said they would do that tallies with what we believe in.”
On whether the group would support Jonathan if he chooses to contest for president in 2023, the Afenifere spokesperson said, “As I said, when the time comes, we will look at all the parameters and take a position. Afenifere is not afraid to take a position. and we will give reasons why we believe the candidate is the best.”
Meanwhile, the group had earlier stated that it has not endorsed the candidacy of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi for the presidency in 2023
Odumakin added that the General Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has not been endorsed by the group.