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There is a strong indication that the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, may back the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 election.

This indication was given by a chieftain of the group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin.

Led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the group met with former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta, on Tuesday.

The reason for the visit is the 2019 election and who to support among the presidential candidates.

Speaking with journalists, Odumakin said: “Few weeks back, Obasanjo came to Lagos to visit Pa Ayo Adebanjo and we are here again today to return the visit in order to further strengthen the friendship with the group.

“The meeting also aims at creating a harmonious position in Yorubaland over the leadership of the country in respect of the 2019 general elections.

“The general elections are around the corner and leaders across Nigeria are coming together to discuss the event, which is so crucial to the life of the nation.

“All hands must be on deck to get the country re-established and all grey areas must be ironed out.”

Odumakin pointed out that the major interest of Afenifere was restructuring.

He reasoned that the group believed that it was only through restructuring that Nigeria could move forward.

“The most important thing to the Afenifere group is the issue of restructuring,” Odumakin said.

It would be noted that Atiku has in his consultations made the issue of restructuring his main focus.

He has promised on different occasions that he would restructure Nigeria in order to move the country forward.

Also, when he visited Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of Afenifere, he promised to restructure the country.

Present at the meeting between Afenifere and Obasanjo were former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola;  a former Minister of State for Defence, Mrs. Dupe Adelaja; Hon. Oladipo Olaitan; former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo- Dosunmu; Sen. Femi Okurounmu, Prof. Banjo Akintoye, and Mr. Supo Sonibare.