By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
After a meeting held on Wednesday by some leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of the organisation, has rescinded his decision to resign as Afenifere’s leader.
This came into light as the leaders of the group rejected the resignation of Fasoranti.
The leaders gathered for a meeting, which lasted for six hours at the residence of Pa Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
The meeting had in attendance Governor Olusegun Mimiko who prevailed over the leaders to allow peace reign in the group.
Among notable leaders who attended the meeting werethe erstwhile Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, Afenifere’s General Secretary, Otunba Seinde Arogbofa, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Supo Sonibare.
WESTERN POST gathered that the Afenifere leaders had a hectic time convincing Fasoranti to rescind his desicion to step down as the leader of the group.
The meeting, which started at exactly 11 am ended around 3.30 pm while journalists were kept waiting inside the expansive compound of the elder statesman.
At the end of the meeting Governor Mimiko came out into the waiting hands of the journalists refused to speak and instead directed the group’s Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin to address the newsmen.
Addressing journalists, the group’s Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, read out a communique and said the leaders unanimously agreed that Pa Fasoranti should rescind his decision and continue as the leader of Afenifere.
Odumakin explained that the group rejected Fasoranti’s resignation after extensive hours of deliberations, noting that the entire members want the elder statesman to continue his service to the Yoruba nation.
“We unanimously without any dissention resolved to reject his offer (Fasoranti) to step aside as leader and pleaded with him to carry his great responsibility as leader of Afenifere and to ensure that the orderly succession of Afenifere is not disrupted under him.
“We are glad to inform you after listening to the new meeting Chief Reuben Fasoranti our leader graciously accepted to withdraw his letter of resignation and to continue his leadership of the group and to see us through the moment ahead in terms of all the plans of re-organisation, mobilization, and re-lauch of Afenifere in Nigeria within the Yoruba land and diaspora.
“We are glad to inform you that after listening to the meeting, our leader, Chief Fasoranti, has agreed to continue to paddle the canoe of the organisation”.