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Enough of lies, propaganda – Oyo APC UK caucus chair replies rebels, debunks sack rumour

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Chairman, Oyo State Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in  the  United Kingdom, Elder Kolawole Saidu has  dismissed  rumours of his purported sack by some members of the group, describing it as a misrepresentation of fact and efforts by some party members to instigate unnecessary  crisis.

Saidu also described the alleged sponsored  report as a deliberate smear campaign and a ploy by some excessively ambitious elements to tarnish his image and that of the party  ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Caucus chairman added that those using his allegedly overstay in office  as a propaganda has only “joined us or became active recently after or in July this year”.

In a chat with newsmen on Thursday from the United Kingdom, Saidu advised that the orchestrated campaigns of calumny, cheap propaganda, outright falsehood and mundane attempt to malign the group and its executives will not benefit the sponsors and the party.

He disclosed that the rebels are desperate to hijack the leadership of the Party for  personal benefits; both in Nigeria and the UK.

In his words, “there is nothing bad if you do not believe in the leadership of a group. You can leave without rocking the boat as a man of conscience and gentleman instead acting deceitfully and embarrassing everyone on the social media using deliberate mistruth.

“Those we took with open arms as brothers who have never been active in the caucus before July this year are the one that have constituted themselves to a group that think they are superior to the rest of us flouting the constitution of the party in a very fragrant way making spurious allegations. I reached out to a number of them but they are recalcitrant and adamant to reasoning and have never offered any best way forward to the one I offered. It has be their way or never

“Social media cannot legitimise illegality. It will only embarrass the party and all of us”, the Chairman counseled.

Saidu continued, “Contrary to what our detractors are pedalling, I have never gone against my promise. I said election would take place and we all agreed way back in January this year.

“He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. The people who accused us of lack of transparency when the “rules of the game” of election was still being perfected two months to the election time are the same people who rushed to the social media perverting the constitution and arrogating power they do not have to themselves. What an irony!

“We will follow and defend the constitution in all we do. You do not become the Chairman of a group through the backdoor. You work for it and pay your dues as at when due and not engaging in “fire brigade” approach fuelled by inordinate ambition to destroy or rubbish what others have built over the years.”

“When you maligned or have to destroy the reputations of others to get to the top, be rest assured that there is law of retributive justice waiting for you as well.

“I want to assure you all that those who are causing mischief among us will be identified and dealt with based on the Party’s constitutional provisions for anti-party activities. No one begs anyone to belong to the party. If you can not respect the rules, be decent enough to leave without causing disaffection”.

The Chairman, however assured that the constituted electoral body will soon come out with their guidelines which will strictly be informed by the provisions of the party’s constitution, maintaining that there would be no bending of rules or provisions of the constitution to suit the whims and caprices of anyone in the name of peace.

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“The Party Chairman in Nigeria has advised that we should follow the  constitution and ensure that we carry along party echelons both in the UK here and Nigeria”, Saidu submitted.

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Oyo Coalition Collapse: APC sympathizes with Governor Makinde

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state has blamed Governor Seyi Makinde for the final collapse of the coalition arrangement upon which he got to power in 2019 as the opposition party stated that the governor deserved sympathy in view of the rate at which he was allegedly being deserted by disappointed political gladiators midway into his four-year tenure.

Oyo APC’s submission apparently came against the backdrop of the Tuesday final withdrawal of virtually all the political bigwigs in the camp of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja, from the government of Gov. Makinde and subsequent collapse of all the structures of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) at all levels into the opposition APC in the state.

APC in a statement issued in Ibadan and made available to journalists on Thursday by its Caretaker State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, through his Personal Assistant (media), Olawale Sadare, saluted the courage of all political gladiators who, together with their teeming followers, decided to pitch their tent with the broom party in what has been described by informed pundits as “master stroke against the confused PDP government in the state”.

“It has again been confirmed that Oyo state is a divine project which is destined for success despite the setback suffered in 2019. Now that virtually all the major coalition partners have deserted Gov. Makinde on account of his failure to honour agreement made voluntary and also his inability to perform in office as a worthy successor to Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, attention has shifted to APC and this is understandable.

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“Meanwhile, we can sympathize with Gov. Makinde and the remnants of his political household over their loss of touch even before time. With the kind of power, influence and resources available to an average governor in Nigeria, an average state helmsman who loses so many supporters, allies and benefactors in a few time in office, deserves the pity of all and sundry even though the case of Gov. Makinde was self inflicted and predictable”, Sadare stated.

In the mean time, the leadership of Oyo APC has assured politicians from the camps of Sen. Rashidi Ladoja and ZLP that their joining the APC was a right decision taken and which would not be regretted as “it was a necessary step to arrest the slide in participatory democracy and good governance being foisted again on the state by the PDP administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde.

“We welcome our brothers and sisters from ‘Bodija’ as well as the heroic decision to collapse the entire structures of the ZLP into that of the APC in Oyo state in an unprecedented way. This bold step shall be reciprocated positively as we make bold to state that nobody shall be discriminated against as regards whether they are old or new members. It is even good that this is happening at the time our dear party is carrying out a nationwide membership registration and revalidation exercise.

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“The leadership of Oyo APC has instructed our field officers in all the 4,778 Polling Units across the state to accommodate all the new members and get them registered accordingly while we would soon meet major gladiators on the need to fully integrate everyone into the progressive family which is not even new to most of them. The process of rescuing the Pacesetter state from charlatans has begun in earnest and no well meaning stakeholder or member of the society will be left behind”, the statement continued.

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Oyo ZLP stalwart, others debunk defection to APC

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A Chieftain of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Oyo state, Comrade Wole Abisoye   and some members of the party have refuted the recent media report that they left the political platform and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, the ZLP stakeholders described the report as untrue and misleading.

At a well attended meeting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Wednesday, leadership of the now moribund ZLP insisted that majority of its members have joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

They, therefore pledged their loyalty to the  Seyi Makinde- led PDP government in the state.

The meeting, presided over by Comrade Wole Abisoye, former state chairman of ZLP also had in attendance former local government chairmen, stalwarts and other party faithfuls across the thirty-three local governments.

ZLP chieftains, who also attended the stakeholders’ meeting included: Comrade Sulaiman Adedokun, Chief Raimi Jalaruru, Evangelist Suberu Ademola, Hon. Olasunkanmi Okunlola, and Mr Dele Ladoja

Others are,  Hon. Okunola Saheed Ademola, Hon. Kunle Oduola, Mr. Raheem Oguntade Idris, Mrs Bola Olaniyi, among other leaders were in attendance.

The chairman of Governor Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola was also present at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Abisoye maintained that the majority of the ZLP members across the thirty-three local governments have returned to the PDP since two weeks ago.

Debunking the statement that ZLP has been collapsed into the APC and members of Senator Rashidi Ladoja’s political group have also joined the opposition party in the state, Abisoye said nothing could be farther from the truth

He clearly stated  that their political leader and former governor of Oyo state, Senator Ladoja is no longer a card carrying member of any political party.

On the claim of other group that their moving to APC has the blessing of Senator Ladoja, Abisoye warned that nobody should drop the name of Ladoja for their selfish goals.

“When APC senators from Oyo state at various times approached Senator Ladoja to join their party, he (Ladoja)  made no commitment but rather leave the matter to be decided by the leaders of the ZLP”,  Abisoye added.

Giving hindsight on how he and other local government chairmen returned to PDP, the former ZLP chairman said when the Apex members of the party met, he took his stand not to join the APC but PDP.

This according to him led huge numbers of members to move en masse to PDP across the state.

Abisoye added that he was happy that ZLP members have been restored and fully integrated into the PDP, calling on others who have been deceived to move into the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retrace their steps and return to the right place.

Giving reasons for joining the PDP, some leaders who spoke at the meeting acknowledged developmental strides currently going on in every local government of the state.

For this reason, they said gave them conviction to join the train and thereby pledged their unflinching support for the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde.

Remarking at the meeting, Senator Agboola lauded the ZLP stakeholders for taking the crucial decision to “return home” and team up with Governor Makinde’s administration.

He added that they would be treated equally as other members of the party, adding that they would not be left out in the sharing of positions, even after the local government election in May.

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2023: Oyo coalition finally breaks up, as ZLP, Ladoja’s group ditch Makinde for APC

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Oyo’s coalition government led by Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is close to collapse as the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and former Governor Rashidi Ladoja’s political group in the state on Tuesday pulled out over what they justified “as urgent need to unite in order to save our dear state from economic collapse occasioned by insecurity, excessive borrowing and poor vision of Oyo State government”.

The Zenith Labour Party and the Ladoja’s Political group have collapsed their structures into the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

It will be recalled that in 2019, former Governor Ladoja midwife and lead a collation where the major opposition parties in the state adopted Seyi Makinde of the PDP, as Sarafadeen Alli, Olufemi Lanlehin among others sacrificed their governorship ambitions.

Meanwhile, Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin had earlier returned to the APC after the alliance with the Seyi Makinde led PDP government collapsed.

Lanlehin informed that his decision to quit the alliance was based on Governor Makinde’s non-compliance with the spirit and letters of the terms of the gubernatorial pre-election agreement reached between Governor Makinde and other opposition parties’ governorship candidates.

Continuing, in a communique jointly signed by the leadership and stakeholders of the party, at a special meeting held at the ZLP’s Samonda State Secretariat announced the move, saying that it decided to dissolve into the APC in order to save Oyo State from economic collapse occasioned by insecurity, excessive borrowing and poor vision of the Governor Seyi Makinde led government.

Also, the communique directed all members of ZLP and Ladoja Political Group to terminate all Ward, Local Government and executive meetings; and partake in the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise of APC in the state.

The meeting, thereafter passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja as well as other leaders and the executive steering the affairs of the ZLP, Ladoja Political Group and Ladoja loyalists.

The stakeholders, however urged media teams of the APC and the ZLP to adopt a common criticism agenda.

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