Pa Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the pan Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere, has said that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, must win the 2023 presidential election to claim the only chance for a non-Muslim or southerner to win a presidential seat in Nigeria.
Adebanjo has been a vociferous supporter of the Obidient movement.
On Thursday at the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum in Abuja, he said the LP presidential candidate has to win because there would be no opportunity for a non-Christian and a non-northerner to be president again in Nigeria.
“If Obi does not win, forget a country called Nigeria.
"They are making all sorts of devices to ensure that power remains in a particular part of the country.
"That’s why they are not even supporting the candidate of their own party”, he said.
“We will give it what it takes. It is either bend or break.
"If Obi does not win, forget a country called Nigeria. If we lose this election, there will be no opportunity for a non-Christian, a non-northerner to be president again,” he added.
In Adebanjo’s view, Obi’s victory would show that Nigeria values ethnic and religious inclusion.
“We know Peter Obi very well so we endorsed him. He will not disappoint Nigerians.
"Let’s put tribal differences apart and vote the right leader in.”
Repeatedly, the Yoruba leader has maintained that to promote equity and justice and for peace, presidential powers without objection should shift to the southeastern region of the country.
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