Leaders of the pan Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, yesterday rejected the resignation of their leader, Chief Ruben Fasoranti.
The organisation at a meeting held at the residence of Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo State capital, unanimously rejected his resignation.
The marathon meeting, which lasted for six hours, had prominent members of the organization, including Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, in attendance.
Other notable leaders of Afenifere who attended the meeting and prevailed on Fasoranti to withdraw his resignation were Chiefs Ayo Adebanjo, Olu Falae, Seinde Arogbofa and Supo Sonibare.
The prominent Yoruba leaders appealed to Fasoranti to continue with his service to the Yoruba nation and the country at large.
Governor Mimiko, who arrived the venue of the meeting at 11am, waited till the meeting ended at 3.30pm but refused to speak to reporters.
A source at the meeting hinted that the Afenifere leaders had a hectic time before they could convince Fasoranti to withdraw his resignation.
The national publicity secretary of Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin who briefed journalists at the end of the meeting, said the organisation rejected Fasoranti’s resignation after an exhaustive deliberation which lasted for hours.
Odumakin stated that the entire members of Afenifere appreciated the good works done by Fasoranti and wanted him to continue with his service to the Yoruba nation.
“We rejected the resignation of Baba and pleaded with him to continue. He agreed to continue as our leader at the end of the day, and this is a good development for Afenifere and Yoruba nation at large,” he added.
He stated further that “Afenifere appreciates the good works Pa Fasoranti is doing for the Yoruba race even at his age. He is a man of wisdom and principle who has contributed greatly to the unity and development of Yoruba land.”


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