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We Don’t Recognize Your Victory, Afenifere Tells Buhari

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Leader of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has insisted that he would not recognize President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 2019 Presidential Election.

Leader of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has insisted that he would not recognize President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 2019 Presidential Election.

Adebanjo had, in an interview, described the 2019 presidential election ‘as a joke’, saying he could not recognize Buhari, who was declared the winner of the election, as president-elect.

In his reaction, Adebanjo said in a statement insisted that he stood by his comment that he would not recognize President Buhari as the winner of the election.

He said he would not be surprised if he was arrested as the Buhari administration was known for its lack of tolerance for the opposition.

“I maintain my stand that until the Supreme Court rules that he is validly elected, I will not recognize him.

“We have evidence that the election was rigged, let the court decide otherwise. That is all I am saying.

“The constitution provides that if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the election, go to the tribunal and don’t resort to violence.

“It is only when the court decides that he won, that is when I will recognize him.

“If to them, that is an offense, then I am ready to go to prison. By my pronouncement, I have not said anything illegal or unconstitutional.

“Right now, Buhari is the president declared by INEC and not the person that won the election, and the constitution says if you are not satisfied by that declaration, go to the tribunal.

“I will only recognize him if the court rules that he is the rightful winner. That is my position and if it is an offense to follow what the constitution says, then I am ready to go to prison,” he said.

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