Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, is in disarray following its suspension of a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore for saving the blushes of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, in the recently concluded Osun State governorship poll.
Recall that Omisore, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the said election that went down to the wire during the rerun backed out in the race and mobilised support for Oyetola, an action that unfazed the leadership of Afenifere causing them to suspend him.
‘‘The meeting took a decision to suspend Senator Iyiola Omisore for one year for violating Afenifere’s directive, which affected the outcome of Osun election,” the group said in a communique issued at the end of the meeting and read by Chief Korede Duyile.
But another chieftain of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, has hit out at Omisore’s suspension, saying in an interview with Punch: “The action (Omisore’s suspension) is the most embarrassing action taken by anyone or group since the death of the sage.
“It is laughable and disappointing for anyone to desecrate the hallowed name of Chief (Obafemi) Awolowo with conservative political tendency as being espoused by the Fasoranti and Ayo Adebanjo group that has crossed the red line.
“The spirit of Chief Obafemi Awolowo will never forgive whoever has taken steps to bastardise the legacies he fought for all his life.”