- APC governorship candidate in Oyo in 2019, Adebayo Adelabu, has vowed that Governor Makinde would be defeated in 2023
- Adelabu was defeated in 2019 by the incumbent governor of the state, Seyi Makinde
- The leaders of the APC in the state have reconciled and embraced peace and unity within the party
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The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2019 election in Oyo state, Adebayo Adelabu, said Governor Makinde would be defeated in 2023.
PM News reports that he made the declaration on Thursday, September 24, in Ibadan, the state capital, during a media parley to herald his 50th birthday celebration.
Legit.ng gathered that the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would clock 50 years on Monday, September 28.
He said the APC in the state was more united to dislodge the incumbent PDP government, saying that the party lost in 2019 to a coalition and not Makinde.
“The result of the coalition dislodged APC in Oyo. If we have contested elections in our different parties, Makinde would not have won. He would have been third or fourth from the result.
“The Makinde-led government has not done anything significant in close to 18 months. With the poor performance of this government, it will be easier to dislodge it come 2023.
Adelabu stressed that his ambition to contest the governorship seat in Oyo had not waned, adding that he remained the best governor candidate in the party for the 2023 election
He said that his defeat in the election has afforded him the opportunity of knowing more about how progressives in the state operate.
Adelabu added that the Makinde-led administration has disappointed the people, saying all the administration he promised the people were still on their wish list 16 months after.
“Everything this administration promised the people of the state is still on their wish list 16 months after coming on board. With the caliber of people that have returned to APC, no party can stand in the way of our party.
He noted that almost two years after Makinde was inaugurated, nothing concrete could be pointed to as an achievement of his government.
Adelabu stressed further:
“No state needs a governor before salary is paid. Salary is paid through statutory allocations and it goes straight to the Accountant General. They take it to the bank and pay.
“Why must that be the major achievement of any governor? When you embark too much on populist programmes, which in most cases, are not always giving the state sustainable development, it is more about immediate consumption.
Adelabu thanked God for sparing his life to attaining 50 years, noting that his grandfather, Adegoke Adelabu, and father AbdulRauf Adelabu died at age 43 and 33 respectively.
The week-long event would feature prayer sessions, the inauguration of his completed projects and celebrations across the political zones in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that after losing Oyo state to the PDP in the 2019 governorship election largely due to internal disunity, some notable chieftains of the APC embraced reconciliation.
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