HRM Oba Oluyemi Falae, a distinguished individual known by the titles Olu Abo of Ilu-Oba and Baba Oba of Akure Kingdom, and noted for his positions as a former Federal Government Secretary, Minister of Finance, former Presidential Candidate, pro-democracy activist, and Afenifere chieftain, recently spoke with The Sun and shared his thoughts on why Afenifere is endorsing a candidate for president in 2023.
Oba Falae revealed that Afenifere, a socio-political organization predominantly representing the Yoruba ethnic group, made the decision to endorse a presidential candidate based on the candidate’s Yoruba identity. The organization chose to throw its support behind one of its own, aligning with a Yoruba man who was contesting for the presidency.
In his own words as seen in The Sun…
“Afenifere was the other name for the Action Group, it was a marketing name, a brand name for the political party. When the Action Group was banned when the military came in, there was a separation between a partisan political party and the Afenifere which is the philosophy of welfarism. Afenifere is a Yoruba welfarist organisation, and because a Yoruba person was contesting the presidency along with others, Afenifere felt it should support one of its own members, not just a Yoruba man, but one who has been a member of Afenifere for many years. Those are the reasons why Afenifere is here.”