PANDEF congratulates Adebanjo as Afenifere leader
By Centus Nweze
Pan Niger Delta Forum, (PANDEF) says that the emergence of elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo as the leader of Afenifere is auspicious given the situation in Nigeria and the Yoruba nation.
The group made the remark in a congratulatory message, describing Adebanjo’s appointment as a fortunate development for the Yoruba Nation and Nigeria as a whole.
According to the statement signed by Sen. Emmanuel Ibok Essien, National Chairman PANDEF stated, “Ayo Adebanjo as a fearless, straightforward and patriotic Nigerian who has also been a consistent, committed and strong voice for good governance and true federalism.
Given his antecedents and having worked with him closely, for some time, in the Southern and Middle Leaders Forum, where he has, in tandem with PANDEF National Leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, and other leaders, provided great leadership and direction, in the efforts to engender national concord and consensus on critical issues of concern, particularly, on the Restructuring of the country for attaining true federalism.”
It added, “PANDEF does not doubt that the nonagenarian, who is a man of sterling character and amazing vitality, will not only sustain the lofty ideals and significance of Afenifere but heft the body to new summits.”
PANDEF further thanked the leadership of Afenifere and Pa Reuben Fasoranti, for the choice of Adebanjo, who was his deputy, to succeed him.
The socio-cultural organization pledges to maintain its association with Afenifere and other patriotic regional organisations in the country, in the interest of moving the Nation forward, on the principles of fairness, justice and equity.