The Leader of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has again declared his support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 elections, Peter Obi.
Chief Adebanjo made his position known in an interview he granted Sunday Sun on the 2023 general election in Nigeria.
He restated his support for Obi over the candidates of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar.
Offering reasons for his decision, he told Sunday Sun: “I still stand firm on the position of Afenifere on power rotation.
“The South West has had its own fair share of power rotation.
“Power has been in the North.
“When former President Musa Yar’Adua died, it moved to the South South.
“Former President Goodluck Jonathan from the South South left and (President Muhammadu) Buhari came in.
“Now, if it is coming back to the South, is it the South West that is supposed to come in?
“Are we the only region in the South?
“What is the equity there?
“Is the South East not in the South?
“Those who accept naira and dollar from him (Tinubu) can say what they like, but they should attack me on the basis of justice and equity.”
On why he prefers Obi to the candidate of the All Progressives Grant Alliance, which has a strong root in the South East region, Adebanjo told Sunday Sun: “That is a question of choice.
“In fact, I don’t even know that APGA is putting up a candidate.
“Even if at all I am going to consider other candidates, I will still consider Obi.
“I have a right to choose a candidate.
“Those I won’t consider at all are the candidates from the South West and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
“It is a matter of principle.”
Asked if he foresees Obi defeating Abubakar and Tinubu, the elder statesman told Sunday Sun: “I am talking of politics of principle.
“I know that Peter has not got the dollar of Tinubu neither has he got the dollar of Atiku.
“All I am saying is that he is better than the two other candidates.
“And I am not talking of the baggage Tinubu or Atiku may be carrying now.
“I am talking of the principle of fairness and justice.
“The moment you deviate from the politics of principle in this country, you won’t get anywhere.”