Peter Obi vs Tinubu: Cracks In Afenifere Widens Between Adebanjo-Fasoranti’s Camps
The decision to endorse the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and that of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has reportedly split pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organization, Afenifere, between Pa Ayo Adebanjo and Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Adebanjo, who is Afenifere’s Acting National Leader, and Fasoranti Emeritus Leader, had openly clashed last week over the endorsement of Tinubu and Obi. The cold war between the camp of the two leaders exploded after Tinubu was endorsed by Fasoranti and other Yoruba leaders in Ondo State last week.
Counter-Coup Against Adebanjo
However, the disagreement was reportedly not between the two leaders but between two tendencies within the organization. A source told Vanguard that Tinubu’s visit to the Afenifere Emeritus Leader’s residence was orchestrated by his allies to rubbish the earlier endorsement of Peter Obi believed to have been solely done by Adebanjo. According to the source, the visit was well hatched and successfully executed by Tinubu’s loyalists who are members of the APC within Afenifere to rubbish the decision of Chief Adebanjo to “single-handedly endorse Peter Obi without recourse to other leaders of the group including Pa Fasoranti.
“Do you know that the Akure meeting was actually a counter-coup? The meeting was not convened at the instance of the Afenifere leadership but by another Yoruba group known as Conscience of the Yoruba Nation (COYN) which comprises politicians with sympathy for the ruling All Progressives Congress and prominent Yoruba leaders.” Naija News reports that the Ondo meeting was attended by Yoruba leaders from Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Kogi, and Kwara states.
Tinubu’s Action Plan
Recall that Tinubu’s media handlers had released a statement claiming that he was visiting the Afenifere leader to present his ‘Action Plan’ on how he intended to tackle the economic and other problems the country is grappling with. But his endorsement took the better part of the meeting as the presentation of the ‘Action Plan’ was merely a formality performed at the end of the parley.
A source privy to the entire plan to hit back at Adebanjo’s endorsement of Peter Obi told Vanguard that many leaders of Afenifere were not consulted by the Acting National Leader and blamed him for running the group as his personal estate. The source said: “Baba Adebanjo started showing that he was power drunk after Pa Fasoranti stepped aside and appointed him as the group’s Acting Leader because of old age.
“He single-handedly appointed the General Secretary of the group and others without recourse to the larger house. “While the majority of the leaders preferred a former Education Commissioner in Ondo State, Chief Korede Duyile, as the new General Secretary after Basorun Arogbofa resigned, Chief Adebanjo, picked another Ondo former Commissioner, Chief Olusola Ebiseni.
“Both Pa Fasoranti and Pa Adebanjo were foundation members of Afenifere and the defunct Action Group. Since those days, neither of them has departed from that path, the path of ‘the Progressives’. “Nothing says that old people cannot disagree. The disagreement is not really between the two elders but between two tendencies within the organization. Of course, they would soon resolve it. To disagree is normal and natural.”
Source: Naija News
Rapper Aaron Carter, brother of Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter, is found dead in his bathtub
Aaron Carter, a former child pop singer and younger brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, has died, a source close to the family told CNN. He was 34.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN they responded to a call for help at Carter’s Lancaster, California home on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where a deceased person was found at the scene. He was found dead in his bathtub, the source said. Authorities gave no information about a possible cause of death.
Carter, who first found fame as a boy with pop songs like “I Want Candy” and “Crush on You,” is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince. The singer’s debut studio album, “Aaron Carter,” was released in 1997 and he performed as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys earlier that year. His fifth and final studio album, “Love,” was released in 2018.
Carter was also known for his roles on television shows such as “Lizzie McGuire” on Disney Channel and “7th Heaven,” which debuted on The WB Television Network. He also appeared on his family’s reality series on E! Entertaiment Television, “House of Carters.” The singer received an outpouring of of love and support from fans and other celebrities in 2017 after he came out as bisexual.
“There’s something I’d like to say that I feel is important for myself and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for nearly half of my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me.” He then explained that at around the age of 13 he “started to find boys and girls attractive.”
“There were years that went by that I thought about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17-year-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with.” The singer opened up in 2019 in an episode of “The Doctors” about his battle with multiple mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.
2023 Presidency: How Tinubu campaigned against Buhari – Atiku’s camp
Atiku Abubakar’s camp of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has insisted that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, campaigned against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku’s camp alleged that Tinubu’s Renewed Hopelessness manifesto was a campaign against Buhari’s government. A member of Atiku’s presidential campaign, Dr Daniel Bwala, said this while faulting claims by Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, that they could end insecurity within six months if elected.
Bwala wondered why they refused to give Buhari the secret that would end insecurity within six months. In a series of tweets, Bwala wrote: “I just tested the microphone when I said Tinubu’s Renewed Hopelessness manifesto is a campaign against Buhari’s administration.
“They have rushed to grant 13 TV interviews in two days to erase the point, hmm by the time we start opening it layer by layer, what would they do? “They said they have plans to end insecurity in 6 months, but they don’t want to give the secret to Buhari who has about six months to finish his term; is it not a campaign against the Buhari’s government? A house divided against itself cannot stand. “