Any political party that hopes to enjoy the support of self-determination platforms in Yorubaland must enshrine restructuring and genuine federalism in its manifesto.
That is the stand of Yoruba Self-Determination Advancement Forum (YOSEDAF) ahead of the 2019 general election.
At a press briefing in Lagos, yesterday, the group resolved that the South West would not support “a candidate that promises highfalutin change”.
Secretary of YOSEDAF, Kola Are, said the region would only support a candidate with a clear roadmap on restructuring and federalism.
He noted: “In the last 19 years, our elite have either watered down our democratic ideals or consciously abandoned it. Those who rode to power at the back of such popular quests are today the greatest apologists of One Nigeria, even at the expense of the Yoruba.
“They really do not care if marauding herdsmen unleash terror on their people, so far they are in control of government in the South West. Such arrant nonsense cannot be allowed to continue.
“Self-determination groups are poised to take the lead in rejecting such insolence and betrayal of the mandate.”
The group is planning to mobilise Yoruba people in 2019, in reaffirming its commitment to fundamental change in their quality of life, to support the political party and candidate with clear manifesto for restructuring and genuine federalism.
“In 2015, the prominent parties merely paid lip service to restructuring. The then ruling party organised a national conference that came out with a report that could have served as starting point, but ended up using the 2014 Confab Report as a bait; promising to implement it when re-elected.
“For us, restructuring means clarity of principle and practice on right of ethnic minorities to internal self-determination, state police, fiscal federalism, efficient system of government, re-examination of exclusive and residual powers to enhance efficiency autonomy, among other shared democratic values.”