South-West APC leaders condemn secessionist calls, call for unity

South-West APC leaders condemn secessionist calls, call for unity

The stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the southwest region have condemned separatist tendencies and violence in various parts of the country.

This call by the APC leaders was made on Sunday, May 23, at the Lagos House in Marina; while expressing concerns over the insecurity situation in the country and asked the government to protect the victims.

Those in attendance included APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; former interim national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; former Chief of Army Staff, General Alani Akinrinade; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; as well as his counterparts in Ogun and Osun States, Dapo Abiodun and Adegboyega Oyetola, also attended the meeting.

Akande noted that they have endorsed the position of the southern governors to ban open grazing and movement of cattle by foot.

They also urged the Federal Government to consider the option of true federalism that would give more powers to the state governments.

According to the APC leaders, this will help the states to better protect their territories.

Prior to the meeting, there have been calls for secession in parts of the country recently; especially in the south-west and south-east regions.

At a rally held on Saturday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was alleged to have given his support for the Yoruba nation – a claim the governor has since refuted.

Meanwhile, he also noted that the fact that he didn’t prevent the rally; which held in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Saturday, didn’t mean he gave them support.

This was in reaction to the claim by one of the leaders of the groups, Sunday Igboho; calling for the secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria, Ilana Omo Oodua; that all governors in the Southwest likewise supported their agitations.

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A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, stated that “It has come to the knowledge of the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, that some group of persons who held a rally under the cover of what they term ‘secessionist agitations’ in Akure, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, erroneously claimed to have had his support for the rally.

“Governor Akeredolu wishes to state clearly that while he acknowledges the right of individuals and groups to hold peaceful rallies it must not be misconstrued to mean support for secessionist agenda; and or balkanization of the nation. Far from it.

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