Afenifere leaders held a closed door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 over the 2019 polls.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting which started around 3.30pm lasted about two hours.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, Yinka Odumakin said the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group will back any presidential candidate who is predisposed to restructuring the country.

According to him, the meeting, which was about the 2019 polls, was meant to harmonise the position of the Yoruba. He said that:

“Few weeks back, Obasanjo came to Lagos to visit Pa Ayo Adebanjo and we are here again today to return the visit in order to further strengthen the friendship with the group.

“The meeting also aims at creating a harmonious position in Yorubaland over the leadership of the country in respect of the 2019 general elections.

“The general elections are around the corner and leaders across Nigeria are coming together to discuss the event, which is so crucial to the life of the nation.

“All hands must be on deck to get the country re-established and all grey areas must be ironed out”.

For Odumakin the 2019 presidential race is “exciting” in the light of the candidates, who have emerged from the two major political parties.

According to him: “the most important thing to the Afenifere group is the issue of restructuring”.

He said that the group will support any candidate, who prioritises restructuring, because Nigeria cannot realise its dream without it.

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, is a staunch advocate of restructuring and has often said it is the way forward to addressing Nigeria’s problems. He said that:

“The pendulum is swinging and we will let you know where it finally settles”.

Afenifere members who attended the meeting include: Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun state, Dupe Adelaja, former minister of state for defence, Ayo Adebanjo and Oladipo Olaitan.

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