Barely four weeks after the present occupant of the Agodi Government House, Engr. Seyi Makinde was sworn in as the Governor of Oyo state, a result of the coalition effort coordinated by former Governor Rasidi Ladoja, the gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Senator Olufemi Lanlehin has withdrawn from the coalition he and his party had with the governor.
The ex- lawmaker, Lanlehin and other governorship nominees of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, Barr Sharafadeen Alli and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde of the Social Democratic Party, SDP had formed an alliance against the then ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The parties adopted Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, ( PDP) as their candidate against the former CBN deputy governor, Operations Chief Adebayo Adelabu of the APC.
Also, there was a ‘sharing formula’ before the alliance’s agreement was sealed.
However, Lanlehin on Tuesday in a statement issued by his media office, declared that he was opting out because of Makinde’s non compliance with the spirit and letters of the terms of the gubernatorial pre-election agreement reached.
He,explained that his party, the ADC, is at liberty to remain in the coalition, and believes it should, in fact, remain.
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin (Solan), Oyo State Leader of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) hereby announces forthwith, his personal withdrawal from the coalition he has with Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State governor;
Recall that Senator Lanlehin, former Oyo State gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) joined forces with other opposition parties’ governorship candidates to back Makinde, and the gubernatorial victory was thereupon resounding;
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;
Lanlehin, going forward, states that while he remains a committed member of the ADC, he would adopt a “siddon look” posture in the governance of Oyo State and allied matters;
Lanlehin Media Bureau
2 July, 2019.
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