Ayo Adebanjo, Leader of the Afenifere, has come out to share his opinions on the ongoing national situations surrounding the country.
In an interview with ARISE New on Friday, the elder statesman spoke up concerning the state of the nation following the recently concluded 2023 political elections. Before proceeding into that, he cleared up controversies about the rumoured factions within Afenifere.
Adebanjo mentioned that there were in fact no factions and explained that Afenifere is a political party ab initio, not just a socio-political group in the western region.
He disassociated himself from any talk of factions within the party, stating that it is a thing of the past and that Afenifere is united.
In further conversation, Chief Adebanjo expressed his political standing by stating that he doesn’t stand against any politician but is fighting for a mandate which founding fathers of the independent Nigeria fought for.
He clearly stated that he does not stand against any political leader but condemns malicious means of taking political positions in the nation.
The political leader also condemned the Department of State Security for causing panic within the nation rather than taking action, following its statement on a potential uprising that may lead to an interim government.
He accused the DSS of releasing the statement as a ploy to arrest leaders of opposition political parties.
“Why will you be talking and announcing about plots against interim government rather than taking action to arrest those who are suspects?” He said.
He accused the DSS of causing panic and disrupting national peace due to lack of credibility and inefficiency in their ability to actively execute their duties. He explained that this also allowed havoc to freely reign during the election period.
“The announcement is suspect. They have an agenda they have not told us. My view is that it’s an attempt to arrest leaders of the opposition who are trying to do protests, which is constitutional.
” If you see anybody who wants to do anything anti- government, produce the facts and charge them to court,” he challenged the DSS.
Chief Adebanjo further shared his belief, as a legal practitioner, in the judiciary system to take the right actions against those responsible for the cause of electoral violence and his support for the Labour Party Presidential candidate in choosing to take proper legal actions.