Roll Call: Governor Mimiko, Chief Adebanjo, National Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa; former Governor Gbenga Daniel, President, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr Frederick Fasehun. Chief Olabode George, Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Dr Kunle Olajide, Professor Dupe Olatubosun, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Chief Reuben Fasoranti among others.
By Samuel Ogundipe
Governor Olusegun Mimiko on Thursday brought foremost Yoruba leaders to a post-national conference summit aimed at highlighting the benefits the conference has in stock for the Yoruba people, as APC politicians holds parallel meeting in Ibadan.
The event, which took place at the Lagos Airport Hotels on Thursday, had many Yoruba leaders, especially those who belong to Afenifere, in attendance, with many of them canvassing for President Jonathan’s reelection.
Addressing the audience in his open remarks at the event which was billed as “Tomorrow Begins Today,” Governor Mimiko, after expressing his utmost gratitude to the leaders present, noted that, “what Nigeria needs now is a structural transformation as provided for by the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference.”
After giving a summary of the benefits that lurk in the confab resolutions for the Yorubas, Mimiko informed the audience that the only way to actualise those benefits is to reelect President Goodluck Jonathan.
“It is therefore important for Nigerians, as a matter of necessity, to massively support President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who did not only convene the confab but has also put in place appropriate structures to implement its laudable Resolutions.”
Also speaking at the event was Pa Ayo Adebanjo said the Yoruba electorate must vote for President Jonathan because no northern leader will implement the resolutions adopted at the national conference as they currently benefit from the current system he said is dysfunctional.
“I am saying vote Jonathan not because he is Ijaw or from the South-South,” he said. It is because “no northerner will convoke a national conference because everything we are talking of that has been unfavourable to the South; they are the beneficiaries.”