- Ahead of the general elections, opposition parties in Oyo state are looking at a possible merger
- The opposition parties maintained that they would end the APC-led government in the state after the polls
- A meeting was held to work on modalities and strategies through which the subsequent proposed realignment would be successful
The major opposition parties in Oyo state have met on the possible merger ahead of the forthcoming elections with a view to defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration in the state.
Legit.ng regional reporter in Oyo, Imran Khalid, reports that the meeting of the possible realignment was held in Ibadan on Sunday, January 27, among the director generals, campaign organisations of the leading opposition parties.
It was gathered that the parties involved include: African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) respectively.
The governorship candidate of ZLP, Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, had said during his electioneering campaign at Okeho, Kajola local government area of the state that the coalition of the leading political parties had met for the first time to work on modalities and strategies through which the subsequent proposed realignment would be successful.
Speaking on the coalition of opposition's stand, Alli said the director general, campaign organisations of the respective opposition parties were working round the clock to ensure they work together and pick the most selleable and preferred gubernatorial candidate for the next election in order to end APC's rule in the state.
He said that the intended realignment among the leading opposition parties that the former governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, had earlier pronounced would come to pass as the opposition governorship standard-bearers were considering the interest of the people of Oyo state at the expense of theirs.
On intimidation of opposition parties, the state publicity secretary of ZLP, Olajide Olanipekun, said the billboards, posters and banners of the opposition parties were being destroyed by agents of destruction identified as thugs and hoodlums of APC led administration.
He said the issue was raised and tabled before the state commissioner of police, Abiodun Aleto, when he was summoned for signing of peace pact among the political parties at the police headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan, recently with the promise that he would ensure he would end such nefarious activities in the state.
Olanipekun also added that the director generals, campaign organisations of the leading political parties would still deliberate on destruction of billboards and intimidation by the current party in government, he said their ultimate resolutions would be strictly abode by.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the former governor of Oyo state and gubernatorial candidate of African Democratic Party (ADP) for 2019 general elections, Adebayo Alao-Akala, said the opposition parties in the state would team up to defeat the APC.
He said the leading gladiators in the respective opposition parties were working assiduously to ensure that alliance works among one another.
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