The prospect of the opposition African Democratic Congress (ADC) taking over governance in Oyo State come 2019 may remain a tall dream unless it finds immediate solution to the post-primary election uproar that has surfaced.
No fewer than 12 of the 13 gubernatorial aspirants that struggled for the party’s gubernatorial ticket have kicked against the adoption of Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin as the party’s flag bearer in the next year’s gubernatorial election.
In a statement signed by all the 12 aggrieved aspirants, including Chief Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli, Dr. Ayodele Adigun, Chief Lowo Obisesan, Mr. Remi Olaniyan, Dr. Kola Balogun among others, they accused former governor Rashidi Ladoja of manipulating the primary process to suit his whims and caprices.
Faulting the entire process, which may soon become a subject of litigation, the aggrieved aspirants contended that non of the provisions of the party’s constitution demand for the election of gubernatorial candidate was observed in the choice of Sen. Lanlehin.
They recalled that the candidate could only have emerged through direct or indirect primary or by consensus, regretting however that the decision to foist Lanlehin on the party was neither through any of the primary model nor consensus, but that of Sen. Ladoja, Chief Olakojo, Chief Micheal Adeniyi Koleoso and Dr. Busari Adebisi.
The aggrieved aspirants wondered that how would four men constitute themselves to a party and take a decision that would be binding millions of people, noting that only the aspirants could reach consensus among themselves on who to push forward and not anybody or group of persons doing it on their behalf.
They blamed former governor Ladoja for the impasse as they accused him of coming to disorganize the party the way he did his former party, Accord before his move to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he was allegedly frustrated out before his coming to the ADC, vowing not to allow him have his way.
Sen. Lanlehin, former member of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) under the banner of which he became a Senator in 2015 defected to Accord towards the end of his tenure with the aim of picking its gubernatorial ticket, but lost it to Sen. Ladoja.
He lost his Senatorial reelection bid under Accord and he had since remained a member of the party. The ADC governorship hopeful however, alongside Sen. Ladoja moved to the PDP and they had to jointly move out when they seemed uncomfortable with the party’s inner workings.