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2019: Why Accord Loses Member to APC at Oyo Assembly



A member of Oyo State House of Assembly, elected under the platform of the Accord Party (AP) has officially defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Announcing his defection on the floor of the House on Thursday prior to the presentation of the proposed 2018 appropriation bill by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to the Assembly, Hon. Joshua Oyebamiji representing Akinyele State Constituency l cited the landmark achievements of the present administration in the state, as reason for his action.

Also justifying his defection, Oyebamiji blamed his action on the factional crisis within the party which he claimed has made his stay in the Accord Party extremely difficult. “Accord has been fractionalized and its leadership defected to the Peoples Democratic Party”.

Speaking further, the lawmaker under personal explanation titled ‘My transition from Accord to All Progressives Congress said, “I wish to state that the only permanent thing in life is change. The holy Bible says there is a time for everything on earth and a purpose for every action. There is dynamism, even in nature, hence nothing remains rigid in life.

“As a politician, a real politician, a natural and traditional politician, a scientific politician, I have the vision of contributing my own quota to the welfare and development of my people in my immediate and extended community.

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“To realize this vision, I contested and won election into House of Assembly in 2015 under Accord. In the time of electioneering campaign, so many promises were made to the electorate. We promised infrastructural development, improved agricultural activities, improved education system, available and affordable healthcare services, job opportunities for the youths, women empowerment and women emancipation, improved economy activities which are beyond my singular effort to fulfill.

” When the 8th Assembly was inaugurated on June 10, 2015, Accord did not form the majority as you all know. Consequently, Accord has not been able to have significant impact on governance in the state. In the present dispensation, Accord has been fractionalized and its leadership defected to the Peoples Democratic Party as we are all aware.

Oyebamiji continued, “I have a dream. A dream to be useful to my people, a dream to transform the villages to town, the rural areas to urban. A dream for self actualization and self fulfilment. I need a place where the dream can come to past. I have, however come to realise that the present government in Oyo State, our pacesetter state ably led by our amiable, our father, the Koseleri of Africa, Governor Sen. Abiola Ajimobi who has delivered the dividends of democracy to the people of Oyo State. There has been peace and security in all the nooks and crannies of Oyo State. The government is doing her possible best in the area of welfare of the people. There has been massive infrastructural development in all major cities.

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“Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State has been given a facelift which has led to the attraction of foreign investors to the state. Mr. Speaker sir, all these landmark achievements incidentally align with my vision for joining politics. Hence, I have no option than to join the winning team.

” I therefore, wish to unequivocally declare for All Progressives Congress, APC. I belief this will afford me more opportunity to serve my people and the entire state”, he submitted.

Surprisingly, as the lawmaker announced his decampment, jubilation started in every nook and cranny of the House. With the defection, Oyo Assembly membership of All Progressives Congress, APC has now increased to 19 while the Accord Party, AP has 7 members and Labour Party, LP maintained its 6 members respectively



Breaking News: Ex-Governor Ajimobi’s Aide, Aboderin Joins PDP




The All Progressives Congress (APC) nominee for the Ibadan Southeast/Northeast Federal House of Representatives in Oyo state during the 2019 general election, Deji Aboderin on Sunday dumped his party for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Aboderin was the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

He alleged that the party leadership worked against his electoral victory in the last election

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Crisis brews in Oyo APC over alleged plan to expel Shittu




Fresh crisis is brewing in the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), following  alleged moves to expel former Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, from the party.

Leaders of the party in the state loyal to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, were alleged of mounting pressure on executives of the party in his Ward 2 and Saki West local government area to expel him.

It was gathered that events leading to this began when four APC local government Chairmen representing Forum of APC Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State, paid a visit to the former Minister Shittu about a month ago preaching the need for reconciliation in the party which he did not object to.

A source at the meeting however disclosed that Shittu told the chairmen that to achieve genuine reconciliation there are conditions which must be met in order for the aggrieved members to have a sense of belonging.

The first condition which the former Minister said must be met according to the source was that members of the party particularly those who belonged to the Unity Forum group who purchased nomination forms during the last state congress but not allowed to be part of the party primaries must be refunded their money.

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Other condition was the dissolution of the party executives at all levels and to be reconstituted at the ratio of 50/50 between members loyal to Ajimobi called SENACO and the aggrieved members who belonged to Unity Forum which Shittu insisted were the only ones who bought forms during the last state congress.

The former Minister also said the state Chairman of the party must come from the Unity Forum, noting that the SENACO group has continued to produce the Chairman since the formation of the party in the state.

The source added that the party chairmen then assured Shittu that since they had the blessings of the leadership of the party in the state for their meeting with him and that they would deliver his message which they agreed with in totality to the right quarters.

“It was a frank discussions that the former Minister had with the party chairmen who told him that the meeting had the blessings of the leadership of the party in the state and that the conditions he gave were important and necessary for genuine reconciliation in the party.

“They then assured him that they would get back to him after reporting back to the leadership of the party with a promise that the meeting with him was a step in the right direction”, the source explained.

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He added that trouble started when the party chairmen reported back to the leadership of the party in the state who accused them of trying to hand over the party to Shittu and his group in Unity Forum with the conditions that they agreed with him at the detriment of members in SENACO group.

” To stop further agitation for genuine reconciliation by Shittu, a marching order was given to the executives of the party in his ward, Ward 2 and Saki West local government area to expel him from the party which the executives resisted, insisting that the former Minister is an important and reliable member who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the party”.


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Not Yet Uhuru As Oyo Speaker  Still Under Impeachment Web 



In spite of the intervention of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja to douse the impeachment tension in the Oyo State House of Assembly, it is difficult to conclude that plans to remove the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin have been finally laid to rest.

After close to a year that the Speaker, Ogundoyin has been in the saddle of  affairs in the state House of Assembly, there had been clandestine moves by some aggrieved members to boot the number three citizen of the state out of the power game.

Very recently, it became clear that there was something more serious to the aggrieved lawmakers than mere dousing tension. The dissatisfied camp are seriously strategizing on how to execute the impeachment process.

It was reliably gathered that the crux of the matter was their  loyalty to Governor Seyi Makinde which they claimed was not yielding any ‘fruitful benefits’ as expected.

Sources  told Mega Icon Magazine that the lawmakers are silently grumbling as they find it extremely difficult to service the loans they took from financial institutions. The sources revealed that the least loan obtained from these banks was twenty million naira (N20,000,000).

Unfortunately, before they agreed to a 30 per cent cut in their monthly allocation to assist the state government in its bid to pay salaries of workers as COVID-19 affects global economy, their monthly salaries and allowances was over two million naira.

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And; the deduction in support of COVID-19 include salaries and other monthly allowances.

“Let me shock you my brother, after deduction for the loans obtained, most of these lawmakers are left with only fifty thousand naira (N50,000) monthly and they have constituents to attend to in their various constituencies. No official car, constituency allowance to even facilitate any meaningful project.

“Now that they have agreed to a 30% cut in their monthly allocation, its really going to be hard. Thus, they feel that the Speaker, Ogundoyin who is aware of their plight has not been protecting their interests before Governor Makinde. They lamented of been sidelined by the Speaker and funny enough, the PDP controls this present House of Assembly conveniently.

“To them, Ogundoyin isn’t fit to lead the Assembly”, one of the sources disclosed.

Speaking further, he continued, “the Speaker is also perceived as an enemy by members whom were believed to be working with some people at the corridors of power. These people are loyal to the governor and are behind the alleged impeachment of the Deputy Governor, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan.

“They believed Ogundoyin is also doing the deputy governor’s bid and showing him the exit door would be the best option “.

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Interestingly, the new political twist in the Oyo State House of Assembly was to seek a revenge for the lawmaker representing Ibadan North East State Constituency I, Hon. Olagoke Akinajo, who was unceremoniously removed by the Speaker as the Chairman, House Committee on Public Works and Transport.

His colleagues, particularly, lawmakers from Ibadan land are ready to confront the Speaker on his decision which they considered as embarrassing. Olagoke is an Ibadan Mogaji.

However, other lawmakers that are also loyal to the Speaker, Hon. Ogundoyin are closely monitoring the political trend. Obviously, it is not yet Uhuru as pro and anti Ogundoyin still have an unsettled business to resolve.

But, only time will tell.

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