Monday, 13 February 2012
GEJ set to host ‘Yoruba Goodluck Jonathan Solidarity Group” led by Abiola Ogundokun, Ebenezer Babatope & others
A source close to the group who is also in charge of ‘logistics and consultation’ claimed the YGJSG is meant to, ‘promote the transformation agenda of President Jonathan to the Yoruba people of South West Nigeria and counter the propaganda of South West ‘progressives’. The Aso Rock visit is a calumniation of several ‘consultative meetings’ facilitated by Niger Delta Elder Chief Edwin Clerk.
Leading the group are former Abacha propagandist Chief Abiola Ogundokun, PDP chieftain and former minister Ebenezer Babatope, also included is disgraced former Senator Anthony Adefuye who was beating up by Yoruba activists during the June 12 struggle, former Head of Service in Nigeria Professor Afolabi.
To give the RGJSG some semblance of credibility, pro-Yoruba activists and Afenifere chieftain Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi, factional head of Afenifere Chief Reuben Fasoranti and former presidential candidate Olu Falae are on the list.
The YGJSG ‘Yoruba Leaders’ are set to “assist president Jonathan to determine contracts to be awarded South West Nigeria, supervise projects that would be allocated and take president Jonathans transformation agenda to the Yoruba grassroots.”
President Jonathan is following the template of his former Godfather Olusegun Obasanjo, who raised the Yoruba Councul of Elders (YCE) to counter what he (Obasanjo) described as the stubbornness of main steam Yoruba political elite and break the Afenifere group.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua Peoples Congress.