The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, on Sunday expressed disappointment over the division among Yoruba political leaders ahead of 2023 general elections.
He said he was surprised by the sharp division among Yoruba political leaders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it is a clear demonstration of disunity.
He called out the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, all South West governors, saying they would not be forgiven should they fail to brighten the political fortune of Yorubaland ahead of 2023 general elections.
Oluwo in a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibrahim, enjoined Tinubu to reunite his political house in the interest of Yoruba race.
He asked South West political leaders to suppress their ego and sustain the political strength of Yorubaland, warning that “If Yorubas fail 2023 poll, it will have a perennial touch on the future political fate of our race.”
The monarch said Yoruba should present a formidable and intimidating candidate whose credit and merit cut across the nation.
He said: “The handwriting on the wall is clear. We should bury our ego to move mountain. Missing the golden opportunity will be a collective failure. I’m hopeful the ball has not crossed the bar.
“We need an urgent Yoruba Political Meeting. Only this, I think can prevent us dancing naked to the market place and come home barefooted. I appeal to all the stakeholders involved to prevent the rain of doom on the political fortune of Yorubaland by putting our house in order. It is not too late. But tomorrow may be.”