The leader of the pan Yoruba socio-political organisation Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, says the now popular ‘Emi lokan’ claim by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has nothing to do with the Yoruba people, but an agreement between him (Tinubu) and President Muhammadu Buhari.
‘Emi lokan’, a Yoruba phrase meaning “it is my turn” was made popular by Tinubu, following his June 2022 address in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
But Adebanjo, while addressing Labour Party supporters in Lagos at the final presidential campaign of the party, said the claim has nothing to do with the Yoruba people, stressing that it is an agreement between Tinubu and Buhari that the former would succeed the latter as president.
The 94-year-old elder statesman said, “The one who said ‘it is my turn’ is his agreement with Buhari.
“Emilokan didn’t say it is the turn of the Yoruba. Emilokan’s agreement with Buhari was that when Buhari leaves office, he will take over. (But) were you there when he said that?” he asked the crowd, who responded saying, “No.”
Adebanjo, again said that if Obi does not win the election, “forget about Nigeria.”
“I said before that if Obi does not come in as the president, forget Nigeria. The northern elders now say I want to impose Obi on them. No! They want to impose a northerner on us, and we said no.”