Yoruba Nation: South-West Governors, Gbajabiamila, Others To Meet Tinubu On Sunday

Amid raging calls for secession, South-West governors of the
All Progressives Congress are expected to attend a meeting
at the Lagos House, Marina, on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
The meeting is being convened by a former interim Chairman
of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande.
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Those expected to attend the meeting are Speaker of the
House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; APC stalwart,
Bola Tinubu; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; his
Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun; Governor Gboyega
Oyetola of Osun State and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi
Akeredolu.
Others invited to the meeting include Ekiti State Governor,
Kayode Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian
Governors’ Forum; the Chairman, Police Service Commission,
Musiliu Smith; a former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani
Akinrinade; and former APC South-West Vice Chairman, Pius
Akinyelure.
The invite read in part, “Notice of Meeting: A lot has happened
in our country since the last time we met. I hereby formally
invite you for a meeting on the state of the nation as follows:
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021. Time: 2pm. Venue: Lagos House,
Marina. Lagos. Subject: Review of State of Nation.”
Although the meeting agenda was not stated, Punch reports
that the meeting was convened to address calls for secession
in the light of the activities of personalities like Sunday Igboho
and others.
An aide to one of the invited governors said, “My governor
received the letter too. We were not told the reason for the
meeting but we learnt that it is connected to the calls for
secession, insecurity and the need for better South-West unity
ahead of 2023.”
The South-West has been championing the demand for
restructuring and particularly fiscal federalism.
The zone, which is a significant contender for the Presidency
in 2023, has witnessed a recent rise in irredentism which has
led to the expulsion of Fulani from some communities.
On Saturday, agitators under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa
United stormed the streets in Osogbo, the capital of Osun
State, to demand secession from Nigeria.
One of Yoruba nation agitators, Igboho, threatened that there
would be no election in the South-West come 2023.

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