The Senator Ayo Fasanmi-led Afenifere, a pan Yoruba social-cultural group, on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, announcement its endorsement of President Muhammadu as its candidate for the 16 February 2019 presidential election.
It said it took the decision because of Buhari’s commendable performances in the last three and a half years and that it wanted a good performing government to continue.
At the endorsement which took place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Ayo Fasanmi, Deputy Governors of Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti, while the Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was represented by one of his commissioners former Minister, Demola Seriki represented Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Traditional rulers at the event included the Ewi of Ado Ekiti Oba Rufus Adedejuyigbe; Akirun of Ikirun Oba Abioye Oyebode and Oniye of Iye Ekiti, Oba Adeleye Oni among others.
The gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was also at the event.
Afenifere leader, Senator Biyi Durojaiye, moved the motion for the endorsement and was seconded by another Yoruba leader present and the endorsement document was presented to Vice President Oshinbajo for onward delivery to the President.
Leader of the Afenifere group, Senator Fasanmi said President Buhari deserved another term in the office as President of Nigeria and that Yoruba race asked him to go ahead.
He said: “I want all of you to work and vote for Buhari who has performed very credibly and I think he deserved second term in the office.
“He is the only candidate that is campaigning about corrupt free society.
“I am pleased that all the South West under the APC fold are going this direction.”
Osinbajo, who was a special guest of honour, arrived at 3.50pm and was handed a copy of the lecture titled: Restructuring for harmonious and optimal socio-economic development: Prospects and challenges delivered by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi.
In their goodwill message, the governors of the six the South West states Senator Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN (Ondo), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), and Mr. Akunwunmi Oyetola (Lagos) who were represented, urged the people of the zone to ensure Buhari/Osinbajo were elected in the February 16 poll .
The motion for endorsement of Buhari and Osinbajo was moved by an octogenarian Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, supported by other five leaders of the group and all participants stood as mark of collective consent.
Among whom were Prince Tajudeen Olusi (Lagos); Professor Bayonile Ademodi (Ondo); Elder Yemi Alade (Ekiti); Chief S. M. Akindele (Oyo), and Sooko Adewoyin (Osun).