The dreaded Yoruba-farmers’ group, the Agbekoya has declared that the role played by the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere and the the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, in the just-concluded general elections has made them lose credibility in Yorubaland. The Secretary of the Agbekoya, Dr. Ade Ogunlana in a statement he jointly signed with the Ambassador of the society, Chief Ajibola Salau said the role played by the two Yoruba groups during the polls left much to be desired.
The Afenifere and the OPC had thrown their weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party during the elections. The Agbekoya alleged that since the demise of the former Afenifere leader, Chief Abraham Adesanya, the Afeniifere had become factionalized and used by unscrupulous persons to “sell out” the Yoruba people.
The Agbekoya also accused the OPC of falsely claiming to be fighting the cause of the Yoruba while in actual fact, it was only interested in pursuing its own agenda. The Agbekoya therefore stated that the Afenifere and the OPC had become a “disgrace” to the Yoruba race. The group added that their allleged involvement in partisan politics had cast doubts on their integrity as organizations fighting the cause of the Yoruba race.
The Agbekoya however, declared itself as the only group still demonstrating genuine concern for the entire Yoruba. The group stated that it had continued to maintain its stance since its establishment in 1938.