Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Tuesday dismissed claims by the gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 election, Femi Lanlehin, that he had breached an agreement reached with members of a coalition that ensured his emergence.
Lanlehin had in a statement by his media bureau said he was withdrawing from the coalition formed with Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sharafadeen Alki of the Zenith Labour Party and Bolaji Ayorinde of the Social Democratic Party against Bayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress.
Lanlehin’s statement reads; “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.”
However, the governor’s Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters, Babatunde Oduyoye, said in a statement that Makinde had gone the extra mile to accommodate a interests in the coalition.
Titled ‘Oyo coalition: Setting the records straight,’ the statement reads: “We received with shock, claims credited to the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Senator Femi Lanlehin, that he has withdrawn his support for the coalition birthed by a number of political parties ahead of the March 9, 2019 election in Oyo State.
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.
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.
Let us also state without equivocation that the claim by the Senator is untrue, unjustifiable and inconsistent with the reality of it all.
The governor could not be accused of non-compliance by any party, because he had lived up to his promise to all parties to the coalition and in some cases “even bending backwards to accommodate all interests.”
He said that 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.
He said that the agreement contained a template for the sharing of positions in government as well as membership of boards and parastatals, noting that procedures have been set in motion for the actualization of the template.
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).
There was no dissenting voice from all the representatives of the parties at the meeting with Governor Makinde. Everyone commended how he handled the matter. Senator Lanlehin only had issues with the other leaders of the ADC on Monday when they were discussing how to share the positions allotted to the ADC.
He should not in any way attempt to drag the name of Governor Makinde to the frustrations he is encountering in his party.
If Senator Lanlehin withdraws from the coalition, he must have done so as an individual, because we are aware 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.
We believe that the coalition was not put together merely to further any personal aspiration other than the collective interests of the people of Oyo State.”
File photo: Makinde (right) and Lanlehin after the 2019 governorship election