2023 PRESIDENTIAL RACE: TINUBU MEANS WELL, WE MAY SUPPORT HIM: AFENIFERE
The leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, speaks on the 2023 presidency and the speculation that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is planning to take a shot at the nation’s highest office.
Although Tinubu spoke recently that he had not made up his mind on the issue of running for the presidency on the heels of the removal of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as APC National Chairman, said to be loyal to him, the speculation has refused to go away.
With the agitation for power shift in 2023, where should the presidency zoned to?
Power is now concentrated in the North, but if we restructure, people will manage their affairs locally.
But do you believe in the zoning of the presidency to a particular region?
Rotational is better because if you want to follow one pattern, rigging will take place and the powers-that-be will continue to rule. As we have seen now, power will remain in the North unless something is done. They will rig. They will use money to influence voters. It is either we have an agreement to rotate or something happens
Do you believe in the candidature of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu if the presidency is zoned to the South?
I am not a member of his party but I have interacted with him. He means well, we may try him.
Do you think Amotekun is making any difference?
If it is taken seriously, it is a good initiative. Amotekun is an attempt to address insecurity. I think Ekiti is taking it seriously but our man (Akeredolu) has some problems. Maybe he will be able to do it but he is facing challenges at home.
It has been alleged that the governors may use Amotekun as a tool to clampdown on the opposition. Do you agree?
I hope it will not happen, because there will be an outcry if they want to use it against the opposition.
Would you suggest that other regions have this kind of outfit?
Yes, if it is properly handled.
As one who has a passion for education, are you satisfied with the quality of education in Nigeria?
Because we have mass education, the standard has fallen. Exam malpractice is on the rise and there should be some punitive measures against education cheats and people who cheat during exams.