Lanlehin accuses Makinde of ‘bad faith,’ withdraws from coalition

Governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo State, Mr Olufemi Lanlehin, has withdrawn from the coalition that helped Governor Seyi Makinde of Peoples Democratic Party to victory at the election in March.

Lanlehin announced his withdrawal in a statement he made available to journalists on Tuesday in Ibadan, the state capital.

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

Others were Messers Sharafadeen Alli of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Bolaji Ayorinde of Social Democratic Party (SDP).

A few days to the election, they withdrew their candidacy to support Makinde and made the election a two-horse race.

It was gathered that the politicians reached an agreement on how the various positions and appointments would be shared in the event of Makinde’s election.

Other prominent politicians who worked for Makinde and were part of the agreement were a former Governor of the state, Mr Rashidi Ladoja and Mrs Monsurat Sunmonu, a former senator.

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

In the statement issued by Lanlehin Media Bureau, he said he was leaving the coalition because Makinde has deviated from the terms of the agreement.

The former senator who represented Oyo South between 2011 and 2015, in the statement entitled “Oyo State Government Coalition: Lanlehin Withdraws,” however, said his party, ADC was at liberty to remain in the coalition.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, did not respond to several calls to his telephone line.

He also did not respond to an SMS seeking his comment on the development.

 

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