Afenifere sets up reforms committee ……. NATION


The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has set up a committee on its proposed reorganisation.

According to a chieftain, who pleaded for anonymity, the committee set up by the leader, Pa Rueben Fasoranti, will suggest reforms, a written constitution, the appointment of a deputy leader and  membership drive.

“The group will now have formalised leadership cadre and written rules for its operations. That does not mean that the conventions that have been guiding the organisation will be discarded,” he said.

At its meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the group discussed indiscipline and disloyalty.

Members pledged their loyalty to Pa Fasoranti and resolved to return to the path of its founding fathers.

The move to reorganise the group trailed a similar effort by Fasoranti’s predecessor, the late Senator Abraham Adesanya, who set up the Akande Reforms Committee.

But, the committee headed by  former Osun State Governor Bisi Akande did not see the light of day.

A source said: “We saw reasons with Pa Fasoranti and we deliberated on his complaints.

“He wants every member to show commitment and pursue the goals that warranted the setting up of the Action Group (AG), which is Afenifere.

“He wants members to pursue the ideals of the founding fathers.

“Afenifere has set up a committee on reorganisation. The committee will make suggestions on reforms.”

On membership drive, the source said: “We are making efforts to persuade inactive members and leaders to return to the fold.

“A former Ogun State governor, who was part of the Fasanmi group, has now returned to Afenifere.

“Although he did not attend the Akure meeting, he sent his apologies.”