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