Lanlehin withdraws from coalition with Makinde, accuses Oyo Governor of breaching pre-election agreements

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The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), in Oyo State, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, has announced his withdrawal from the coalition formed to team up with Governor Seyi Makinde of the state ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial election.

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Lanlehin made this declaration via a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday in Ibadan, the state capital.

DAILY POST recalls that Lanlehin was one of the major political actors who worked with Makinde to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu in the 9th March election.

Lanlehin of ADC, Barrister Sharafadeen Alli of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde of Social Democratic Party (SDP), few days to the election, fortited their ambitions and supported Makinde ahead of the gubernatorial election. 

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It was gathered that an agreement was reached by Makinde and other political gladiators included the trio of Lanlehin, Alli, Ayorinde.

Others who worked for Makinde and were privy and part of the agreement are former Governor of the state, Senator Rasidi Ladoja, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu among others.

But, Lanlehin on Tuesday said he has pulled out of the coalition agreement.

Lanlehin in the statement issued by Lanlehin Media Bureau, said that he was leaving the coalition due to the fact that Makinde was working against the terms of the agreement.

The ex-Senator, who represented Oyo South between 2011 and 2015, in the statement entitled “OYO STATE GOVERNMENT COALITION: LANLEHIN WITHDRAWS”, however, insisted that his party, ADC is at liberty to remain in the coalition.

The statement read.

Senator Olufemi Lanlehin (Solan), Oyo State Leader of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) hereby announces forthwith, his personal withdrawal from the coalition he has with Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State governor;

Recall that Senator Lanlehin, former Oyo State gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) joined forces with other opposition parties’ governorship candidates to back Makinde, and the gubernatorial victory was thereupon resounding.

Lanlehin, who hinged his decision to quit the coalition on what he termed Governor Makinde’s non compliance with the spirit and letters of the terms of the gubernatorial pre-election agreement reached, however, maintained that his party, the ADC is at liberty to remain in the coalition, and believes it should, in fact, remain;

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.