- A governorship candidate of AD in Oyo state in 2019, Oyedele Alao, has revealed why he lost the election
- Alao said he lost to Governor Makinde because of internal crisis in his party
- According to him, the leaders of the party in the state were sold out to work with another party
The gubernatorial candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 2019 governorship election in Oyo state, Oyedele Hakeem Alao, has said the party lost because of its leaders who are political jobbers.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that Alao disclosed this during an interaction with newsmen in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.
He said that inconsistency on the part of the leaders was the main reason the political party lost the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state.
Alao revealed that leaders of the party in Oyo state were sold out to work with another party in the state.
He noted that the leaders of his party, one of whom is currently a political adviser in the cabinet of Engineer Seyi Makinde, were not interested in fielding a credible candidate.
He said that the leaders were only interested in reaching an agreement with other parties and offer their candidates for sale.
The politician, while extolling the virtues of the immediate past governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi, described the deceased as an illustrious son of the state who knew his onions.
Alao, who commented on Nigeria's electoral reforms, maintained that nothing much is actually wrong with the electoral reforms, saying that the drawback is the lack of genuine political will and commitment to enforce the electoral laws to have credible polls that would give Nigerians across the board good governance.
"In fact, there were so many internal problems with the party; the national body was factionalised and there was also a court case, and above all, the southwest excos were suddenly dissolved and our party leaders in the state eventually sold out.
“There were parallel congresses in political parties; some political parties didn’t do primaries, they handpicked party executive. The current PDP exco in the state (Oyo) which brought in the present government in the state is a clear instance," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the rift between the Oyo state government led by Seyi Makinde and his predecessor, late Abiola Ajimobi resulted in a drama at a prayer event for the latter on Sunday, July 5.
It was reported that the deputy governor of the state, Rauf Olaniyan, was denied entry into the venue of the 8th-day fidau for Ajimobi.
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