ACTING leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has dispelled insinuations he identifies with those who keep company with alleged criminals and bandits.
The nonagenarian spoke against the background of some pictures being circulated, in which he was spotted on the same flight with the controversial Islamic preacher, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, known to have expressed sympathy for bandits and even visited them in their hideouts.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere, Mr Jare Ajayi, said Chief Adebanjo, a lawyer, is not only “a man of peace for whom human rights matter a lot, but he also is never known to be in cahoots with any criminal or those who keep company with alleged criminals and bandits.
“The pictures being circulated in which Adebanjo was seen on the same flight with Gumi and later in a handshake in the presence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo were taken in 2018 during the run-up to the presidential election that took place in 2019.
“It will be recalled that former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, solicited the assistance of various important Nigerian personalities to help him secure the support of his former boss, Obasanjo, in his (Abubakar’s) bid to become the country’s president then.
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