- Oyo ADC has suspended its governorship candidate, Olufemi Lanlehin, over the emergence of Seyi Makinde as governor-elect
- INEC had on Monday, March 11, declared Makinde the winner of governorship election held in the state on Saturday, March 9
- The party's secretary, Wasiu Emiola, said that Lanlehin was suspended because of his alliance with PDP before the election
The Oyo state chapter of African Democratic Congress (ADC) has suspended its governorship candidate, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, over the alliance that necessitated the emergence of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s candidate, Seyi Makinde, as the governor-elect.
Legit.ng reporter in Oyo, Imran Khalid, reports that Lanlehin's suspension was contained in a release by the party in the state.
The statement described Lanlehin as a selfish and self-centered personality who prioritized his own benefits at the expense of party's members and staunched supporters.
It added that Lanlehin traded his governorship ambition and that of all party's House of Assembly candidates without reference to those that matter in the party.
It claimed that Lanlehin's involvement in alliance with Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) which culminated in the adoption of Makinde caught all the executive members and staunch supporters of the ADC unawares.
Lanlehin was accused of going into alliance single-handed without carrying all the executive members, chieftains and other concerned quarters in the party along. It claimed Lanlehin allowed selfishness and parochial interest to becloud himself.
The statement claimed it was painful and heart disturbing that despite the party's popularity and issued-based campaign, it could not win a single seat in Oyo House of Assembly.
It lamented that an action taken by Lanlehin led to poor performance of the party in the last governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
However, the leadership of the ADC in Oyo state has denied ever suspending Lanlehin or even putting out a statement to that effect at any time.
In various phone conversations with Legit.ng on Monday, March 18, the party said the statement was an absolute fabrication by persons looking to cause trouble for the party and to besmirch the image of Lanlehin and the scribe of the party, who was claimed to have signed the press release.
The party's leadership is concerned about the fake report which it notes could only have been created by unscrupulous people who do not have good intentions for the party.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, Waheed Ajadi, advised the governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, to learn from the political blunders of Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his predecessor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.
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