Yoruba nation split over Tinubu, Obi

* Afenifere comes out in support of Obi; 

* Says Obi more competent to lead Nigeria at this time;

* Rejects Asiwaju Bola Tinubu 

As Nigerians get ready for open air campaigns, the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has thrown its weight behind the mainstream Igbo candidate and presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

Leader of the Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo who reiterated the position of the pan Yoruba group said that after a careful analysis of all the candidates who are jostling for the presidency, it has come to the conclusion that Obi is the most competent at this time to salvage the nation.

The Afenifere maintained that Nigerians cannot insist that Igbos should remain part of Nigeria when they are marginalised and denied opportunity to lead the country like all other ethnic groups.

Adebanjo noted that no Igbo man has been elected president, saying in the interest of justice and equity, Obi should this time receive the backing of all Nigerians.

Adebanjo revealed that Afenifere members believe Obi, former Governor of Anambra State, can be entrusted with the onerous task of restructuring Nigeria and taking the nation to the next level.

Afenifere’s position on Obi obviously amounts to a complete rejection of<span;> Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by a section of the Yoruba nation.

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Tinubu who is running on the platform of the APC is insisting that after supporting the aspirations of other Nigerians who have vied to rule this country, it is his turn to serve as the next president.

Support for Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party has been growing across the country, the Port Harcourt Telegraph reports.

Young Nigerians have taken to the streets to demonstrate their acceptance of Obi’s candidacy.

Other volunteers, including actors and actresses from Nollywood are urging their fellow countrymen to be “Obi-dient”.