The Pa Reuben Fasoranti-led Afenifere had recently suspended Senator Iyiola Omisore for one year for supporting the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the rerun of the governorship election.
But Fasanmi criticised the Yoruba group for the suspension, describing it as laughable.
Fasanmi was quoted in a statement made available to The Punch by the Publicity Secretary of the Ekiti State chapter of Afenifere, Biodun Akin-Fasae, as saying the Fasoranti-led Afenifere had no moral right to suspend Omisore for teaming up with a progressive party to win an election.
He said: “The action (Omisore’s suspension) is the most embarrassing action taken by anyone or group since the death of the sage.
“It is laughable and disappointing for anyone to desecrate the hallowed name of Chief (Obafemi) Awolowo with conservative political tendency as being espoused by the Fasoranti and Ayo Adebanjo group that has crossed the red line.
“The spirit of Chief Obafemi Awolowo will never forgive whoever has taken steps to bastardise the legacies he fought for all his life.”
Fasanmi wondered what the Afenifere wanted by its anti-Buhari posture, adding that the stand could only pit them against Chief Awolowo and his legacies.
But Adebanjo told The Punch on Saturday that Fansanmi had no right to speak for Afenifere because he no longer participated in the activities of the group.
“I think Fasanmi is suffering from old age. When last did he attend any Afenifere meeting? What moral right has he to speak for Afenifere? What Afenifere’s function has he taken party in the last 10 years?
“I don’t want to be involved in a controversy with any old man who has lost his bearing. The less talk about Fasanmi, the better. This is not the age when leaders in Yorubaland should engage in who is what. That is not the question now. We want a better country, a better Nigeria,” he added.