Spokesman of pro-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has said that the group is not going to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election because the president failed to deliver on his campaign promises. Reacting to Buhari’s declaration to go for second term, Mr. Odumakin told VINCENT KALU that his group was going to support a party that will restructure the country on the path productivity, and give a fresh hope
You insisted that restructuring must take place before 2019 general election, but President Buhari has declared for second term, while restructuring was yet to take place, what is your reaction?
We wanted the country to be restructured so that we can start on a fresh slate, the government that spent three years without carrying out restructuring, I doubt if it will do so before next year’s election. Therefore, in the next election, we are going to bring in a government that will restructure Nigeria on the path of productivity.
We need to try other hands in order to move the country forward and stop the killings going on across the country at the moment.
Buhari had in one of his bids to win presidential election, stated that he would only govern for one term, do you think his declaration for second term will cast doubt on his integrity?
Somebody said that politicians shake their heads in disbelief when people believe them. We are so tired of their rhetorics, and their words mean nothing, and they say anything in order to get votes. Now, he has shown the politician in him. He has the right to seek re-election, likewise, Nigerians have the right to vote for him or reject him.
You mentioned you are going to support a party that will restructure and stop the killings across the country, but if Buhari wins, what will his second coming portend?
I spoke with a retired military officer from the North on the situation in the country, especially the killings, and he said, if what is going on continues in 2019, that Nigeria will disintegrate and I agree with his position.
If he comes back and turns a new leaf, will the people not accept him?