The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government in Oyo State over the choice of cabinet within all the political parties that formed the coalition few days to the election come forth on Tuesday as the Oyo State Leader of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and gubernatorial candidate of the party, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin announced his withdrawal from the coalition.
Lanlehin announced his personal withdrawal from the coalition he had with Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State governor in a statement by his Media Bureau.
It could be recalled that Senator Lanlehin, Oyo State gubernatorial candidate of ADC in 2019 election joined forces with other opposition parties’ governorship candidates include Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) of Social Democratic Party (SDP) to back Makinde to fortify Makinde’s victory in the election.
Lanlehin, who hinged his decision to quit the coalition on what he termed Governor Makinde’s non compliance with the spirit and letters of the terms of the gubernatorial pre-election agreement reached, however maintains that his party, the ADC is at liberty to remain in the coalition, and believes it should, in fact, remain.
But in a swift reaction, the Special Adviser to Governor Makinde on Strategy and Political Matters, Hon Babatunde Oduyoye described Lanlehin’s action as a clear affront on the sincerity of Governor Makinde and his magnanimous disposition in handling all the discussions about the coalition.
Lanlehin said while saying he remains a committed member of the ADC, he noted that he would adopt a “siddon look” posture in the governance of Oyo State and allied matters.
Oduyoye in his statement said, “We received with shock, claims credited to the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Senator Femi Lanlehin, that he has withdrawn his support for the coalition birthed by a number of political parties ahead of the March 9, 2019 election in Oyo State.
It is more shocking to read Senator Lanlehin’s allegation that his decision was hinged on Governor Seyi Makinde’s infidelity to the coalition agreement.
“Let us also state without equivocation that the claim by the Senator is untrue, unjustifiable and inconsistent with the reality of it all.
Special Adviser on strategy and Political Matters maintained that the governor could not be accused of non-compliance by any party, because he had lived up to his promise to all parties to the coalition and in some cases “even bending backwards to accommodate all interests.”
He said that the Governor has lived up to his promise not only to Senator Lanlehin but also to all members of the coacoalition
aying that the committee reached an agreement, which was signed by all the parties and tabled before the Governor.
He said that the agreement contained a template for the sharing of positions in government as well as membership of boards and parastatals, noting that procedures have been set in motion for the actualization of the template.
According to Oduyoye, the apex committee of the coalition parties had met over three times, with agreements reached and tabled at a meeting with the Governor, adding that the Governor even improved on the agreement to further accommodate interests in the ADC and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
The statement further read: “There was no dissenting voice from all the representatives of the parties at the meeting with Governor Makinde. Everyone commended how he handled the matter. Senator Lanlehin only had issues with the other leaders of the ADC on Monday when they were discussing how to share the positions allotted to the ADC.
“He should not in any way attempt to drag the name of Governor Makinde to the frustrations he is encountering in his party. If Senator Lanlehin withdraws from the coalition, he must have done so as an individual, because we are aware that the ADC as a party remains an integral part of the coalition as leaders of the party have repeatedly pledged their fidelity to the coalition.
“We believe that the coalition was not put together merely to further any personal aspiration other than the collective interests of the people of Oyo State.”
It could also be recalled that Abiodun Alli, a gubernatorial candidate of ZLP in 2019 election, who was also the part of the coalition refused to show up during the inauguration of Governor’s Advisory Council by Governor Seyi Makinde, which his name was announced as a member of the Council.
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