By Sunmola Olowookere
Crisis seems imminent in the Afenifere, a pan Yoruba Socio-Cultural group over who becomes its secretary.
The group is embroiled in leadership tussle as two important persons; Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, the incumbent Secretary and Chief Sola Ebiseni, a lawyer and PDP chieftain are laying claims to the secretaryship.
The internal rubbles came into the open yesterday as Bashorun Arogbofa declared in an Interview with The Hope that there was no vacancy in the office.
He told our correspondent that Ebiseni who is parading himself as the secretary of the association has not emerged according to due process, insisting that “I am still in the saddle.”
According to him, Ebiseni and his supporters published advert in the Punch, edition of April 21 and another one in the Nigerian Tribune, April 22, where Ebiseni claimed to be the Secretary of the association.
He further disclosed that Ebiseni took over the activities of the group on Saturday, April 24 during the burial ceremony of late Yinka Odumakin, former Spokesperson of the group.
Basorun Arogbofa also disclosed that it was the members of Ondo State chapter of the association who witnessed what transpired at the burial ceremony that raised the alarm and petition the leadership of Afenifere over the activities of Ebiseni.
He disclosed that he had turned in his letter of resignation as the Secretary since 2019, having put in 10 years and that there were other pressing issues he needed to attend to, but was prevailed upon to hold on until a suitable person was found as the secretary.
Arogbofa declared emphatically that Afenifere has a tradition and process for picking their officials, but regretted that the group could not commence the process of appointing a successor due to the outbreak of COVID-19 which took over the larger part of year 2020.
In his opinion, Ebiseni has not being picked through that process and could not have emerged as a secretary of the organisation because there is no vacancy.
He advised the younger elements within the group to imbibe the virtue of patience, saying that due process is the norm in the appointment of who becomes the secretary of a group like Afenifere.