by Isi Esene
The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has sent a message to the newly re-elected governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, congratulating him on his victory in the October 20 elections.
In a letter signed by the group’s leader, Reuben Fasoranti and Seinde Arogbofa, it said Mimiko’s re-election is a victory over “godfatherism and slavery”.
According to the group, “This victory, amongst other things, is victory over god-fatherism, a rejection of political imposition and slavery from outside the state and the people’s hope of a better deal to come.
“One or two of your predecessors have one way or the other broken the jinx of second term in office. But yours is unique and not associated with rancour or political upheaval. We appreciate God for you,” the group said.
It reportedly advised Mimiko to justify the confidence reposed in him by the electorate “through aggressive attack on graduate and able-bodied joblessness, consolidation of social services to the people and the multiplication of same to those who are yet to benefit from the government largess”.
Afenifere predicted the impending irrelevance of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the politics of the country saying, “There is a need for the exhibition of fair play and justice to all and carry the banner of progressive politics into national politics now that the eclipse of the ACN is unavoidable.
“We entered into electoral cooperation with you (Mimiko) in the election for mutual respect in all ramifications for you to give better governance to our people, and for the creation of a forum for the emergence of a healthy third force to counter an emerging group under the leadership of few disrespectful, snobbish, arrogant, ravaging and power-thirsty politicians.
The Afenifere is clearly beating the drum of war against Tinubu’s fabled political machinery, we’ll wait to hear what the Jagaban has to say about this.