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2023: No Meaningful Election In Sight Until Ethnic Conflict, Violence, Others Are Resolved – Yoruba Groups

LAGOS – Several Pan Yoruba groups which have now adopted the name Al­liance of Yoruba Dem­ocratic Movements, (AYDM) said ethnic conflict, violence and the national question are critical issues that must be re­solved if elections have to be meaningful and impactful in Nigeria.

The group met in Lagos with a vow to ensure that the ordinary people of the South West determine the future of elections in the region.

The group, in a statement signed by Popoola Ajayi, Gen­eral Secretary said it will soon launch an opinion poll across the South West including Kwara and Kogi State to feel the purse of the people on Presidential aspirants in the context of the future of de­mocracy and elections in the region.

The group decry the attacks on Yoruba territories by armed groups the latest being the vi­olence visited on Molege and Arimogija in Ose Local Gov­ernment area of Ondo State by armed herdsmen.

The 57 Pan Yoruba and Civil Society groups earlier met in Lagos last week when it resolved that any election in Yoruba territory should be about the resolution of the Na­tional Question and nothing more.

The groups made up of ar­tisan and Pan Yoruba groups, civil society, workers have now increased to 84 as more groups enlist in the coalition which focal point is the old Western Region including Edo, Delta and also Kwara and Kogi States.

The group said any presi­dential aspirant from the South West will receive the support of the people if the focal point of the election is to resolve the lingering National Question without which credible future elections and sustainable devel­opments are impossible.

The statement said many Yoruba people are tired of elec­tions that have failed to address the fears and aspirations of the long suffering people. “Election has become a private political affair and no longer about the people. Voting is now more about members of political parties and not about the peo­ple. “Democracy is gradually becoming the government of the political parties, by the polit­ical parties and for members of the political parties. This must change. The people must seize their destiny with both hands,” the statement reads

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