The Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere, has expressed displeasure with the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment on the 2023 Presidential election, stating that the judgment ratified the irregularities during the election.
This was as the group lampooned the National Assembly procuring vehicles worth N160 million for its members despite the economic hardships experienced by Nigerians.
The foremost Yoruba group’s position was contained in a communique issued at the end of its meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting which was held at the residence of its leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State, had in attendance, Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Leader), HRH Oba Oladipo Olaitan (Deputy Leader), Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Chief Supo Sonibare, Chief Pekun Awobona, Chief Segun Ojo, and Dr Gbola Adetunji, among others.
The group said that the lawmakers are insensitive to the current suffering of ordinary Nigerians.
In the communique signed by the Secretary-General of the group, Chief Sola Ebiseni, the group said there was no justification for the procurement of the vehicles, and the lawmakers should focus on fixing the roads across the country instead of purchasing vehicles for themselves.
The communique read in part, “Afenifere refuses to appreciate the calls for more sacrifices from Nigerians by the government, which members continue to maintain obscene and ostentatious lifestyles.
“It is most preposterous that members of the National Assembly are approving vehicles worth N160 million Naira for themselves because of the deplorable state of Nigerian roads as if the responsibility to fix the said roads rests with the taxpayers.
“The Executive is unable to convince the people of the need for a yacht worth billions of Naira beyond ostentatious living. The costs of fuel have risen prohibitively, and the exchange rate of Naira is climbing astronomically without any verifiable economic policy.
“Afenifere viewed with dismay the recent judgment of the Supreme Court, which ratified the irregularities, particularly in the Presidential Election.
“Unfortunately, by the Supreme Court’s decision, the electoral reforms achieved through the agitations of Nigerians for quality control through technological devices and the billions of Naira spent on infrastructure in that regard have now gone to waste.”
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