Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, on Saturday, advised the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, to withdraw his candidacy for his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
The pan-Yoruba leader urged Tinubu to save himself from the shame of losing at the polls, saying the northers will not vote for him.
Adebanjo who was accompanied by another leader of Afenifere, Senator Femi Okunronmu, stated this at the presidential campaign rally of the LP in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Adebanjo who predicted that Tinubu would be disappointed by the northerners at the polls, meanwhile described the LP as the new bride to the National Democratic Coalition, which according to him, would save Nigerians from the misrule of the APC.
Adebanjo said, “All those who know Tinubu should tell him, I had always told him and I will tell him again, the northerners will not vote for him.
“He (Tinubu) should come back home now to support Obi, because when they finally defeat him, he won’t have the courage to come back home, if he comes back now, we will forgive him and take him back.
“I have told you before and I want to say it again, Labour Party is now NADECO, those of us supporting Obi are the ones that want good governance, we want Nigeria to be better, we want to liberate ourselves from the captivity of the ruling class.
“We are behind Obi; leaders of progressive movement are behind Obi. Those fraudsters parading themselves as Yoruba do not love the country. Yoruba, do not take things that belong to other tribes. A Yoruba has been president before,” Adebanjo said.
Obi had earlier paid a visit to Alake, the paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, at his palace.
Addressing the youths at a town hall meeting held within the premises of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Obi described Nigeria as a failed state and one of the most unsecured countries in the world, “which is no longer in control of your territory”.
He said, “We are determined to birth a new Nigeria. We want people who are confident, and qualified for the job. This year’s election is very essential, we can no longer be comfortable with incompetence. We want people who will show commitment; this job requires physical and mental energy. So, we want people who are ready for the job. Myself and Datti want to change Nigeria.”