Adebanjo defends Afenifere's endorsement of Jonathan

Posted by News Express | 29 January 2015 | 2,870 times

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A chieftain of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, on Wednesday explained that the body endorsed the presidential candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan because of its belief in him to implement the report of the 2014 National Conference.

Adebanjo, said contrary to rumours bandied around, members of the group did not give their support to the president because of selfish or pecuniary gains.

He also said that members of the group acted in the best interest of Nigeria because they believe that the report of the conference, if implemented “will chart a new course for Nigeria”.

“We supported President Jonathan for re-election mainly because of the national confab. We trust him to be committed to the implementation of the national confab because that is the only thing that can save Nigeria.

“We did not do it because of money or because of our love for PDP. We took the decision basically because we believe Jonathan will complete the good works he has started by implementing the report of the conference,” Adebanjo stated.

The elder statesman added that Nigeria will continue to grope in the dark if Buhari is elected because he will jettison the report of the confab.

“On the other hand, the other man (Buhari) doesn’t believe in the conference. That is why neither he nor his political party attended the conference. So, how can you expect him to come and implement it if elected into office?”

“As I said earlier, all the complaints we have in Nigeria today, be it corruption or structural imbalance has been taken care of in the report of the national conference, if the provision is implemented,” he said.

Excerpted from Daily Independent

Source: News Express

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