A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, has faulted Afenifere’s endorsement of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
According to Premium Times, Falae who distanced himself from Afenifere’s candidacy choice said it was too early to endorse any candidate.
Leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, had said that the Afenifere was backing Obi for reasons of equity and inclusiveness.
He said the other geopolitical zones had produced leaders of the country, saying it was only fair that the next president should emerge from the South-east.
“We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalize and exclude them from the power dynamic,” Adebanjo had stated.
However, Falae disagreed with the endorsement in a statement on Tuesday signed by his Personal Assistant, Raji Moshood.
“The elder statesman said he has to consider all important parameters, including capacity, experience and proven track record before endorsing a candidate,” the statement said.
Falae admitted that the South East had not had the opportunity of being Nigeria’s President, stressing that it’s not an automatic slot that can be filled without other important considerations.
“As a responsible leader, Chief Falae will consider all important parameters, including capacity, experience and proven track record before endorsing a candidate.
“This correction is necessary in order not to mislead the public that Chief Falae is supporting any of the candidates yet. It is necessary to await the programmes and manifestos of the political parties and their candidates before arriving at a particular candidate to support.”