The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has denied sending congratulatory message to APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was declared winner in the February 25 Presidential Election by INEC.
Thr group also rejected the result of the election that declared Tinubu winner saying Peter Obi of the Labour Party won.
In communique issued after its Special General Meeting at Isanya-Ogbo, Ogun State, on Tuesday, Afenifere said it supported the decision of Obi to challenge the results of the election in court.
The communique, signed by its National Leader and Secretary-General, Pa Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Sola Ebiseni, respectively, denied sending any congratulatory message in the name of the group to any candidate.
“That the General Meeting hereby denounced in strong terms and dissociated Afenifere from any congratulatory message in the name of the Organisation or howsoever to any candidate as illegally declared by the INEC.
That Afenifere reiterates that for equity, fairness, national cohesion and peaceful corporate existence, the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be person of its Southern part and specifically the South East.
That Afenifere calls on Nigerians to troop out enmasse and participate fully in the Gubernatorial and Houses of Assembly elections slated for the 11th March 2023.
Meanwhile, Afenifere has endorsed the candidate of the Labour Party for the March 18 Governorship Election .
“That with particular reference to Lagos State, Afenifere confirmed that the Governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is a person of Yoruba origin, whose grandparents are not only Yoruba but definitely one of the notable founding families of Lagos. We unequivocally endorse and urge the people of Lagos to vote for him.
“That Afenifere calls on INEC to ensure free and credible Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in accordance with the constitution, the extant Electoral Act and its mandatory Guidelines earlier mentioned”.