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2023: Presidential ambitions of Tinubu, Osinbajo, Fayemi not in our interest – Yoruba Group

Access Bank
A Yoruba socio-cultural group, Oodua Liberation Movement (OLM), has dissociated itself from any agenda designed to mobilize for the presidential ambition of anybody.

The Oodua Peoples Congress on Monday also warned those behind such mobilization for the presidential ambition of the Yoruba personalities such as Bola Tinubu, Yemi Osinbajo and Kayode Fayemi to count the group out.

As an ideological Yoruba self-determination movement, said OLM, it had played a prominent role for a true Yoruba autonomy.

Added OLM: “We hold it sacrosanct, to key into the larger Yoruba interest not the ambitions of individuals that have dragged us behind; placing self-interest over the race.”

The group made its position known in a statement on Tuesday titled ’57 Groups Meeting on Tinubu, Fayemi and Osinbajo: Count OLM Out’, and signed by its coordinator, Comrade Taiwo Otitolaye.

Said the group: “OLM is pained by the setbacks recorded in our collective struggles during the military era, and shortly after the military dis-engaged.

“The OLM was part of the historic achievements in the creation of the Oodua Development Council (ODC), under the late Yoruba leader, Senator Abraham Aderibigbe Adesanya and other leaders.

“The ODC had several developmental thematic commissions that were to drive development in Yorubaland, and among the Yoruba worldwide. It was during that period that Pan Yoruba Congress was put in place. Yoruba from the Diasporas (Benin Republic, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, United States etc) attended the congresses that were held.

“Specifically, our late Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Baba Omojola, was instrumental to these achievements”.

Noted the group about the leadership of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the great nation builder: “The Yoruba were pride of Africa. These progressives are long gone. The Nigerian project has not eroded our past, the future is bleak under the present arrangements.

“Our farmlands and agriculture which were our base for livelihood and development are on the extinct, our youth have no hope. Go to the villages, and see what the women and people go through. It’s a pathetic situation”.

It said all sections of the country were in rumpuses. Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Benue, the Eastern states, South-West and other areas.

The group said it was in line with the Yoruba struggle for autonomy, just as it politicians and the Nigerian system for failing the people.

Stated OLM: “Our politicians have failed us, the Nigerian system has failed us; we cannot continue in a rigmarole political journey that leads nowhere. Under the present structure, 2023 is a Mirage. It will only bring more chaos.

“Therefore, support for any of the three personalities are short-sighted and at variance with the larger Yoruba interest.”

OLM, the statement offered, would only be available for inclusive Yoruba consultations to design a collective pathway.

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