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Sen. Lanlehin Pulls Out Of Coalition Agreement With Oyo State Gov. Makinde

Valentine Chinyem

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African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Oyo State, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, on Tuesday, withdrew from the coalition with the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde.

Lanlehin, who is the leader of ADC, said in a statement that his withdrawal was consequent upon the reluctance of Governor Makinde to honour the terms of the pre-election agreement reached among the coalition parties.

Lanlehin as ADC candidate, Sharafadeen Alli as Zenith Labour Party governorship candidate and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, teamed up to unseat the All Progressives Congress (APC) by stepping down for Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In the statement, Lanlehin explained that his pulling out was personal, adding that ADC was “at liberty to remain in the coalition and believes it [ADC] should, in fact, remain.”

According to the statement signed by his Media Bureau, “Lanlehin, going forward, states that while he remains a committed member of the ADC, he would adopt a “siddon look” posture in the governance of Oyo State and allied matters.”

Nigerian Tribune gathered that part of the terms of agreement was to cede 30 per cent of all appointments to ADC, while ZLP takes 15, PDP gets 50 and SDP, 5 per cent.

It was gathered that there had been bottled up animosity over the implementation of the agreement shortly after the election.

A series of peace meetings, it was gathered, were summoned to paper over the cracks, with elder statesman and Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, intervening in one of the meetings.