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2023 Presidency not about ethnicity but fairness to others – Pa Adebanjo declares at Obi Ibadan campaign rally 

Pa Ayo Adebanjo, the Acting Chairman of the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has reiterated his support for the presidential bid of Mr. Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections.
The elder statesman, alongside other prominent Nigerians, on Wednesday led Obi’s presidential campaign team to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
According to Adebanjo, he had no issues with his fellow Yoruba man and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, adding that he chose to support Obi, an Igbo, in the interest of equity, justice and fairness.
He argued that since Nigeria got its independence in 1960, the South-east had not been opportune to occupy the country’s leadership position whereas other regions had produced it one or two times.
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He went down memory lane, saying: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was brought from prison after the annulment of the 1993 election to lead the Country. He spent a two-term of eight years and handed over ,to the late Musa Yar’ Adua from the North East.
“After the demise of Yar’adua, President Goodluck Jonathan from the South-south became the acting president through the invocation of the doctrine of necessity and later contested and won the election.
“Former President Jonathan handed over to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari from the North-west. Now the Afenifere is saying that the baton of leadership must be handed over to the candidate from the South East and people are now calling me names.
“They submitted that my decision is borne out of the hatred that I have for Tinubu. The question is, where were this set of critics when I stood solidly behind Tinubu during his challenges?
“Where were they when I supported his first and second-term ambitions to govern Lagos State. Now that I am calling for equity and fairness, I have become his sworn enemy. They say that I am envious of his achievements.
“Nigeria’s presidency is neither about Ibo nor Yoruba. The legacy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo must be upheld. Awo detested the marginalisation of any tribe by any tribe.
“Chief Awolowo is an advocate of true federalism. This is what he fought for alongside the late Nnamdi Azikiwe and Sardauna of Sokoto.
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“Rotational presidency is non-negotiable.”
In his address, Obi noted that the Nigeria is like a vehicle grounded by dead drivers, adding that only the Labour Party could fix it.
He hailed Pa Adebanjo, saying his type are trying to build a new Nigeria through fairness, justice and equity.
“The Labour Party is laying the foundation for a new Nigeria that the citizen will be proud of.
“We will ensure that we move Nigeria from consumption to production. We will create jobs for youths. Out youths are energetic and always ready to work.
“We will fight corruption. We will create wealth. We are not going to share our commonwealth. Nigeria, today has become a laughing stock.
“New Nigeria will not be built on religion, ethnicity. We will ensure that ends come to incessant strikes by members of the Academic Staff Unions of Universities (ASUU).
“We will return Lagos to the financial centre of Africa while the lost glory of the ancient city of Ibadan will be returned.”