By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has said it will register as a political party in order to serve as a third force to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking after a meeting at his Ijebu Igbo residence, Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, lamented that both APC and PDP have failed Nigerians, adding that it is time for the group to liberate the citizens from abject poverty.
He urged members of the group to mobilise people at the grassroots so as to wrestle power from the two major parties in the country.
The Afenifere leader was however silent on whether group will contest the 2023 general elections.
When asked about the relevance of the group in the present political dispensation, the General Secetrary of Afenifere, Sola Ebiseni, said the organisation was the oldest political group in Nigeria, saying that it started as Action Group (AG) in 1951, and has been committed to nation building since then.
“The federal structure Nigeria is enjoying today is a brain child of Afenifere during the process of campaigning for election then. Different groups took different positions, but we were vocal and definite about Nigeria being run by federal priciples because of her diverse ethnic nationality,” Ebiseni added.