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  • Updated: March 30, 2023

We Accept 2023 Election Results, Tinubu Is President-Elect — Afenifere

We Accept 2023 Election Results, Tinubu Is President-Elect �

Pan-Yoruba organisation Afenifere has stated that it accepts the 2023 presidential results and sees Bola Tinubu as the president-elect.

The affirmation was made on Wednesday in a statement issued and signed by Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti.

Fasoranti was reacting to a communique purportedly released by the group after a meeting on Tuesday in Ogun State, whereby it was allegedly stated that Peter Obi was the winner of the election.

Distancing Afenifere and himself from the communique, Fasoranti clarified that no one apart from the individual declared as the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could be seen as such by the group.

Reuben Fasoranti

He added that the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Jare Ajayi, issued a message of congratulations to Tinubu after he was proclaimed the winner.

“My attention has been drawn to the Communique purportedly issued after a meeting that was held on Tuesday, March 27, at Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.

“This statement is being issued because of the content of the said document.

“Section 2.02 of the document claims that 'the results of the lawful votes at the Presidential election available to the Afenifere through credible sources confirm that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, won the said election'.

“Afenifere could not have asserted that someone, other than the person declared by the body duly authorized by the Constitution and other extant laws of the land, is the winner of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023, in Nigeria.

“The body mandated to conduct elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after the completion of this year’s presidential election on February 25th, has declared the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu as the winner of the said election.

“Our National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Comrade Jare Ajayi, issued a congratulatory message to the President-elect after he had been issued a Certificate of Return by INEC.

“This was cited as an ‘uncouth activity’ by the Communique mentioned above which further stated that Abagun and Ajayi were ‘suspended sine die pending further decisions after their appearance before and recommendations by the Disciplinary Committee’.

“Meaning that the two were pronounced guilty and consequently sanctioned even before their appearance before a Disciplinary Committee.

“That is not the Afenifere way. A General Meeting does not have the power to convene and take such a far-reaching decision just at the whims of individuals.

“There must have been an official petition laid at the Caucus Meeting, which is referred to the Disciplinary Committee that will investigate and give the officers involved the opportunity to plead their cases.

“Reports and recommendations are then received by the Leaders-in-Council who then take a decision on the Report with The Leader before reverting to the Caucus in communication. 

“This fiat approach as seen in the current situation is alien to our organisation and cannot stand.

“On the assertion that someone else other than the person declared by INEC as the winner of the presidential election.

“This type of position is alien to us in Afenifere which does not conduct itself as an agent of the state let alone as an electoral umpire.

“We accept the results of the elections at all levels as declared by INEC until otherwise decided by competent courts in the land.

“Presently, the whole world knows that Nigeria has a President-elect in the person of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a true Yoruba son and nationalist.

“We in Afenifere not only acknowledge this, but we also take delight in his in-coming Presidency and are confident that he will, by the grace of God, return Nigeria to the glorious position that all of us will be proud of”, part of the statement reads.

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