Oyo state chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) on Wednesday reiterated its total commitment to the coalition government in the state led by Engr Seyi Makinde, saying that it remains an integral part of the coalition government.
The party also informed that the facts, claims and conclusion set out in a press statement issued by Senator Oluwafemi Lanlehin, its gubernatorial nominee in the coalition arrangement and rejoinder issued on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by his Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters regarding the withdrawal of Senator Lanlehin from coalition government necessitated its intervention.
Its former governorship candidate, Olufemi Lanlehin, had on Tuesday announced that he had withdrawn from the coalition because Mr Makinde had deviated from the pre-election agreements that produced the coalition coordinated by former Governor Rasidi Ladoja.
The party, in a press statement issued by its Acting Publicity Secretary, Barrister Bimpe Adelowo and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, noted that as one of the coalescent parties that formed the current government in the state expressed its concern on the press statements issued by both its gubernatorial candidate and Oyo State Governor regarding the coalition arrangements and reactions trailing the said statements.
Adelowo maintained that ADC is still committed to coalition arrangements as an integral part of Oyo State Government.
“ADC at this juncture, reiterates its total commitment to the coalition government in Oyo State and it equally assures everyone that it remains an integral part of the coalition government in Oyo State.
“ADC understands that there might be resolvable minor understanding among few leaders within the coalition arrangements based on their individual philosophy, values and principle; however, this does not in any way suggest breakdown of the coalition arrangement.
“ADC has thus far taken a responsible and responsive urgent measure to nip the situation in the bud to rest and step down the disagreement which provoked the withdrawal of Senator Oluwafemi Lanlehin from coalition government.
“This is not the time to trade blame, but a period of sober consolidation of strength of the forces that terminate the reigns of the inhuman and tyrannical government of APC in Oyo State.
“We therefore appeal for calm among all the leaders and urge them to give peace a chance in the interest of numerous followers and general public”, the statement reads.
The party, however, appealed to the state governor, Makinde to forthwith continue with the lofty idea of implementation of coalition agreement on other appointments across boards (Senior Special/Assistants, Special Assistants, Executive Assistants, Boards and Parastatals, Local Governments inclusive).
ADC, equally appealed to the general public and teeming members of the coalescent parties to see themselves as one in this struggle and desist from heated, rhetoric and caustic accusations.
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