We removed Akintoye as YWC leader for inviting strangers to security meeting—Adeniyi, council member

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A council member of the Yoruba World Congress, Chief Tola Adeniyi, speaks to TOBI AWORINDE on the removal of the interim leader of the congress, Prof Banji Akintoye, and the recent controversy around its leadershipThere has been a lot of controversy surrounding the leadership of the Yoruba World Congress. Can you give some perspective on what has been happening?The YWC was founded between November 2018 and January 2019. It is a global organisation with leaders in Benin Republic, Togo, Cuba, countries in South America, and so on. On August 22, 2018, some (Yoruba) organisations in Ibadan (Oyo State) elected (Prof Banji) Akintoye as their leader. To confer some respectability around him, we allowed him to hold that title, which he accepted because he was a strong member of Afenifere. In YWC, he was made the interim leader of the organisation. We were having our meetings and, occasionally, he would go to Ibadan to address the members of the organisations that elected him Yoruba leader. Because he was one of us, sometimes, we would go with him for company.Those who appointed him Yoruba leader were actually not in the YWC, but we asked a few of them to carry out one or two …

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