Many Yoruba leaders gathered in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday at a summit calling for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 Confab that each of the existing six geo-political zones be equally divided into nine states accords with the Yoruba core values in which equality is ranked very high.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, signed by leader of Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, National Chairman of Unity Party of Nigeria and founder of Oodua Peoples’ Congress, Dr Frederick Fasheun, Coordinator of Oodua Peoples’ Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference, Senator Femi Okunrohunmu, Yoruba Unity Group and secretary of Yoruba delegate to the Confab, Dr Kunle Olajide, Ondo State Governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko and others , they also called for one Nigeria.
The leaders, who unanimously commended Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) for yielding to the yearnings of the Yoruba Nation and the generality of Nigerians by convening the 2014 conference, said the interest of the Yoruba people must be protected .
Some of the resolutions also include “that the Yoruba nation is going to work assiduously to ensure that the confab recommendations get translated to concrete realities.
“That other recommendations of the confab particularly those that touched on devolution of powers, creation of state and community police service; making prisons service a concurrent matter, allowing each state to have its constitution; decentralization of the powers over the establishment and management of railways, sea ports, air ports and development of solid minerals are central to the core interest of the Yoruba”.
“That the Yoruba Nation is committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria based on the principles of justice, equity and the rule of law, with ample respect and understanding for cultural, religious and linguistic differences’
“That the thoughtful recommendation of the Confab on the constitutionalisation of rotational presidency among the 6 geo political zones and the rotation of the position of Govenor among the Senatorial district of each state is in accord with the political aspiration of the Yoruba.
“That the president be commended for the successful conduct of the 2014 National Conference which perhaps can be described as the most courageous step ever taken by any president since the return of democracy in 1999.
“And that Mr president be further commended for setting a technical committee composed of outstanding statesmen and technocrats to fashion out modalities and strategies for the implementation of the confab resolutions.
“That we resolve therefore to fully back and work for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the Presidential election as only this could guarantee the implementation of the CONFAB recommendations”.
Earlier at the occasion, Chief Ayo Adebanjo had said that the summit should have been organized earlier wondering why some Yoruba leaders were not present because according to him it was a Yoruba show and not that of PDP .
He noted that he was not a member of PDP but believe in the interest of the Yoruba and the ideals of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and other Yoruba leaders
In his own speech, Ondo State Governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko said for over two decades, the Yorubas were at the fore front of the agitation for the convocation of a confer4ence.