Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere Chieftain, and Nigeria Elder Statesman have said the Southwest was deceived by President Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Tunde Bakare back in 2007 when they promised to restructure the country if elected. Although they lost the election to late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua of the PDP, he however said since coming to power in 2015, Buhari had the chance to keep his 13 years old promise but failed to do so.
Adebanjo made the statement while responding to questions on his expectations for the 2023 elections.
He said, “There is no 2023 until we restructure the country; I don’t believe in it, anybody talking of 2023 is just deceiving himself. If you restructure the country, you can do any election. If you do any election under this fraudulent constitution it is a fraudulent election.
“How can we continue to do election under this constitution, which when they rig you, they ask you to go to court, which is already controlled? We are not babies.
“When you are doing a thing and you are getting a bad result and you are still doing the same thing again you can’t get a different result – INEC under one man, EFCC under one man, Police under one man, DSS under one man, Army under one man, Judiciary under one man, because of this, they rig you and ask you to go to court.
“We have to go back to the constitution we had at independence, I have been saying it, but (Femi) Adesina and others have not been able to counter me. I ask, why is it difficult to go back to the constitution that Azikiwe, Bayero, and Bello agreed to, is the president more educated, more enlightened, and more Fulani than Sardauna?
“I have said it openly, Adesina and others have not replied to me that I was talking nonsense. The constitution we ask you to go back to is the constitution that our forefathers agreed to at independence, and that is why we are having these problems.
“We campaigned for Buhari in 2007, when he promised that he was going to do restructuring, and we have published it several times, he has not denied it. He promised to restructure with Pastor Tunde Bakare, he has not denied it, he promised restructuring under this government with All Progressives Congress ((APC), he has not denied it, have they done it?”