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What have you done for Yoruba? Afenifere ask Osinbajo. Ohanaeze, PDP, others berates the VP for wooing Yoruba votes with 2023 presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others have vehemently condemned a statement recently issued by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 would guarantee South-West Presidency in 2023.

Osinbajo had on Saturday during his house-to-house campaign in Oyo State met with the Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, behind closed-doors, where he stated that the 2019 presidential election is very important to the Yoruba people because the South-West presidency in 2023.

“Yoruba have a lot to contribute to Nigeria for the 2019 elections. It is for us, Yoruba; if you understand, it is for us. We are not looking at 2019, but 2023. If we don’t get it now, it may take some time again,” Osinbajo had said.

What have you done for the Yoruba people since 2015? Afenifere ask Osinbajo
Afenifere, the top Yoruba group, however condemned the statement by Osinbajo, saying that it wondered what the Yoruba people had gained since he (Osinbajo) became vice president.

Afenifere, the top Yoruba group, however condemned the statement by Osinbajo, saying that it wondered what the Yoruba people had gained since he (Osinbajo) became vice president.

“In the four years that he (Osinbajo) has been vice-president, what has he done for the Yoruba people? Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere’s spokesman, asked.

“All the things that are dear to the Yoruba, he has opposed including restructuring; he has sided with the oppressors of the Yoruba people.

“When they killed the Yoruba evangelist of the Redeemed Christian Church of God under his nose in Abuja as vice-president, did he say a word? But because he wants to contest election in 2023 — himself, (Asiwaju Bola) Tinubu and (Babatunde) Fashola are fighting for election — he now remembers that he’s a Yoruba man and he wants to come and spread division among us.

“In the midst of all that we are going through, throughout Yoruba land today, beggars are all over the place. There never used to be beggars in Yoruba land. That Osinbajo is getting people to queue for N10,000.00, which is insulting and a mockery of poverty, shows how much these people have destroyed the lives of our people.”

Afenifere further noted that what the Yoruba want is restructuring by means of true federalism, saying that only a candidate with plans for restructuring would be supported.

“We have had an eight-year presidency. The Ijaw have had six years. The North have had more than everybody. But what is their lot? It’s poverty.

“We don’t want to stay under this arrangement. The arrangement we want is where we will have control over our fears and for every citizen of Nigeria to develop at their own pace.

“That is certainly what we want and that is what Buhari, Osinbajo and the All Progressives Congress have said they don’t want. We will reject that at the polls,” the Afenifere spokesman said.

Here is how Ohanaeze responded to Osinbajo
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo in its own response to Osinbajo said that Nigeria would continue to wallow in abject socio-political, economic and developmental blindness until an Igbo man emerges as president, adding that anything done in Nigeria without the active participation of the Igbo would certainly crumble.

“I do not expect Prof. Osinbajo to say a different thing. The 2023 Yoruba Presidency is a plot presumably well hatched and efforts are being exerted to win it successfully as dramatised in the public pronouncements earlier by Fashola and now the bleeding utterances of Osinbajo,” Uche Achi-Okpaga, the spokesman for the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said (as seen on Punch).

“However, l am dumbfounded that these are men that believe in the existence of God but, perhaps unwittingly, do not believe in the God factor.

“The Igbo are the descendants of King David, the man after God’s heart. Anything you do in Nigeria without the active cooperation and participation of the lgbo would always crumble as exemplified in the present administration of PMB. The Igbo are to Nigeria what Israel is to the world today.

“Take my word today, until an Igbo man leads, Nigeria will continue to wallow in abject socio-political, economic and developmental blindness. The late Prof Dora Akunyili was brought in and she did justice to NAFDAC’s perennial, protracted and seemingly intractable impasse.

“Prof. (Chukwuma) Soludo was brought in and he brought sanity into the banking system. Today, Nigerians can deposit their money and go to sleep with their eyes closed.

“Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was brought in and she spearheaded debt relief for Nigeria (already dismantled by the present administration.)

“You can attest to how Prof. (Onyebuchi) Chukwu, as Minister of Health, clinically dealt with the Ebola virus under Goodluck Jonathan.

“The list is endless. Simply put, the Igbo will lead Nigeria when the Lord decrees it, all clandestine plots notwithstanding.”

PDP responds to Osinbajo
The opposition party, PDP, in its response to Osinbajo’s statement noted that it is dubious for the ruling APC to promise 2023 presidency to the South-East and the South-West.

PDP noted that the APC and the President Buhari’s presidency in their desperation to remain in power had resorted to trading dubious promises for votes.

“Giving out two promises has exposed the insincerity and dubious intention of the Buhari-led Federal Government with the people of the South-East and South-West geopolitical zones with empty promises of bequeathing power to the two zones at the same time in 2023,” Mr. Kassim Afegbua, one of PDP Presidential Campaign Council spokesman, said.

“This is why Nigerians cannot take the APC and the Buhari Presidency’s seriously any longer as we prepare for the 2019 elections.

“Speaking on behalf of President Buhari in Owerri last week, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, told the APC that the President would hand over the reins of power to a south-easterner, while calling on the people to support Mr President.

“Meanwhile, the Vice-President also told leaders of the South-West to support the re-election of President Buhari so as to get the Presidency in 2023.”

“How can the President be promising south-easterners the Presidency when his Vice-President is also promising the south-westerners same position in 2023, all in the name of 2019 re-election?

“This is a clear show of deceit, desperation, crass insincerity and hypocrisy of the highest order. This is a clarion call on south-easterners not to trust such carrot being dangled before them as it has become obvious that this government neither fulfils promises nor keeps any covenant.

“The same government cannot promise the Igbo and Yoruba at the same time if it was sincere about the shape of politics of the 2023 presidency. This government has an uncommon reputation for deceit, lies, insincerity and hypocrisy especially when it has to do with its 2019 re-election bid.”

Meanwhile the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, in his own response described the ruling APC as a prostitute who is busy promising every man marriage.

APC is acting like a prostitute who “is busy duping every man under the guise that she will marry all of them.”

Secondus who spoke to Punch noted that there was no way a party would give same presidential ticket to 2 different geopolitical zones in 2023, saying that APC was just being deceitful.

“I was astonished when I heard the Vice-President has joined the bandwagon. Why must he lie? Why would his party promise the South-East and the South-West the same position?

“Their case is like that of a deceitful prostitute,  who keeps on  collecting cash and other materials from different men and keeps on promising them marriage.

“The Minister of Power, Works and Housing,  Babatunde Fashola, said the party would give the ticket to the South-West while the SGF, Boss Mustapha, said it was a lie. He said that the party would look at the side of the South-East. Why the contradiction just because of politics? We all know that Osinbajo is a pastor and a professor of law. It is a pity.”

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