Pelumi Olajengbesi, human rights lawyer and one of the advisers to detained Yoruba nation agitator Sunday ‘Igboho’ Adeyemo, reacted to a statement attributed to Professor Banji Akintoye that there will be no elections in Osun and Ekiti states in 2022.
Akintoye, historian and leader of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, a Yoruba socio-political group, said on Friday that there would be no governor election in any part of Yoruba territory in 2022.
Akintoye said the next elections in which the Yoruba will participate will be held in their own country after they successfully secede from Nigeria.
The academic also noted that Adeyemo would soon be released from his detention in the Republic of Benin where he has been held since July 2021.
Olajengbesi said in a statement on Saturday that Nigeria practices constitutional democracy and that no individual or organization can reverse this.
According to him, while Akintoye’s views do not describe what many felt on the surface, the position does not fully align with Adeyemo’s belief that only constitutional means can secure secession from Nigeria for the Yoruba people.
Olajengbesi said: “I have read the statement attributed to Professor Banji Akintoye that there will be no elections in Osun and Ekiti States in 2022 and I want to react immediately and condemn these elections in their totality.
“It is crucial to understand that Nigeria practices constitutional democracy and that no individual or organization can overthrow the constitution. The demand for an independent Yoruba nation cannot be achieved through lawlessness but through a procedure recognized by the law.
“I note that strict compliance with the law as well as respect for all facets of fundamental human rights were also issues highlighted by the noble professor in his statement.
“I sincerely believe that these issues are the key points he seeks to convey to all in his statement.
“However, all of the important issues that stand on their merit have been tainted by the professor’s statement that elections will not take place in these two states.
“Therefore, I find it relevant to approach this distracting and oxidizing statement in order to mislead the public.
“It is also relevant that Professor Akintoye always takes into consideration all of the Yoruba people and ensures that an important statement like this reflects the aspirations of the people.
“I take the audacity to say that such a statement cannot reflect the position of Chief Sunday Adeyemo who believes that change can only be achieved by constitutional means.
“Indeed, Professor Akintoye is very unhappy, because most citizens are concerned about the sad realities which have become the very reflection of our social policy. He expressed his displeasure in his comments on the blatant disregard for human rights. However, he neglected to consider that human rights must be treated in a holistic way and one of these rights is the right of a person to vote or to be elected.
“These rights cannot be set aside and denied entirely for any reason. On the contrary, we must encourage our people to work within their communities and in local and state governments to ensure that as we fight for justice and fairness, we must also achieve equity with hands.
“Without delving into the matter further, we know that Professor Akintoye has noble intentions and would never intend his words to promote anything other than peace, harmony, justice, fairness and fairness in all. the populated states of Yoruba and by extension in all states making the federation of Nigeria. “