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Tinubu We Know But Who Is Professor Akintoye?

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ElevateNews takes a look at the purported emergence of a new Yoruba leader, Akintoye.

There are some stories that are dead on arrival, one of it is the purported emergence of a new Yoruba leader, one Professor Banji Akintoye.

The new leader, a historian, according to his resume polled 73 votes as against three by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in an election organized by the Assembly of All Yoruba groups Worldwide.

Reports showed that one Victor Taiwo of the Oodua Redemption Alliance was the convener of the gathering where the election took place in Ibadan Oyo State. It was gathered that the professor was an addicted follower of the late sage and Yoruba leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

This news has gathered no dust and it looks more like a joke and exercise in futility as far as leadership is concerned in Yorubaland. Right from the time of Chief Awolowo who was the first leader of the Yoruba Socio-Political group, Afenifere, there was never a time this sophisticated race elected a leader.

The association of the larger group of Yoruba race started with Egbe Omo Oduduwa, which later metamorphosed to Afenifere. The Afenifere has given birth to various political parties, including the Action Group, Unity Party of Nigeria and the Alliance for Democracy.

And following the demise of Awolowo, the leadership mantle naturally fell on late Chief Adekunle Ajasin and later Pa Abraham Adesanya. Many had preferred Late Chief Bola Ige to Adesanya due to his closeness to Chief Awolowo but the former Oyo State Governor refused to contest the position on the ground that Adesanya was older than him.

There was nothing like deputy leader of Afenifere until the tenure of Adesanya when Ige occupied the position to pacify his followers who had preferred him to Adesanya.

The factions in Afenifere became obvious after the group chose Chief Olu Falae ahead Bola Ige as its AD candidate in the 1999 presidential election against Chief Olusegun Obasanjo of PDP.

Today, both Adesanya and Ige had passed away. There are two factions of Afenifere now, the Pa Reuben Fasoranti and Senator Ayo Fasanmi factions. These leaders were not elected, they were appointed by each faction, unlike the purported polls by the Assembly of All Yoruba groups Worldwide in Ibadan.

I have taken time to google search professor Akintoye to know the role he has played in the past for Yoruba course. The professor has not done a lot on his personal public relation not to talk of what people could say about him.

Besides the fact that Akintoye was a Senator between 1979 and 1983, which way has he represented the Yoruba race?

The convener of this meeting said they had contacted Chief Ayo Adebanjo to become the next Yoruba leader but the nonagenarian declined because of age factor so they settled for Akintoye.

Nobody has ever elected Tinubu as a Yoruba leader. He fought his way through and broke the rules of the Afenifere to become a leader with his different method of operation. That a group of people do not like his style does not erase anything from the role he has played and still playing to make Yoruba relevant in the political landscape of this country.

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