Former governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress, ADC, in Oyo state, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin says he has withdrawn from the coalition with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which was formed ahead of this year’s governorship election in the state.
A statement by Senator Lanlehin states that his decision to quit the coalition was based on what he termed as Governor Seyi Makinde’s non-compliance with the spirit and letter of the terms of the governorship pre-election agreement reached.
Senator Lanlenhin however said his party the ADC is at liberty to remain in the coalition.
Reacting, Special Adviser to the governor on strategy and political matters, Mr. Babatunde Oduyoye said the news was received with shock.
According to the statement signed by Mr. Oduyoye, the claim by the Senator Lanlehin was untrue, unjustifiable and inconsistent with the true reality.
“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”, he said.
“That allegation, to say the least, is a clear affront on the sincerity of Governor Makinde and his magnanimous disposition in handling all the discussions about the coalition”
“The Governor has lived up to his promise not only to Senator Lanlehin but also to all members of the coalition, saying that the committee reached an agreement, which was signed by all the parties and tabled before the Governor”.
“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)”
It states 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.