The immediate past governor of Oyo state, Sen Abiola Ajimobi, former governor Adebayo Alao Akala, and Senator Teslim Folarin a former senate majority leader and current senator representing Oyo central senatorial district at the national assembly during the weekend reportedly held a closed door meeting at Akala’s Asokoro, Abuja residence to find a way to rebuild the All Progressives Congress (APC) Oyo state from its battered state ahead of 2023.
The recent parly of the trio left many wondering about their new found love. While the relationship between Akala and Ajimobi was said to be purely political, that of Ajimobi and Folarin was said to be more personal than political moreso, that Ajimobi as the party leader in Oyo state before the 2019 general elections had handed Sen Folarin the Oyo central senatorial ticket on a platter of gold which has further strengthened the relationship between the duo.
Some political pundits and watchers have described Oyo APC as a party that is seriously struggling to come to term with the reality of been sent out of government by the PDP and the people of Oyo state after eight years of power. Some others have described the APC in Oyo state as a party divided against itself with multiple factions, and each trying to grandstand over others.
Recall that Dr Adeduntan, a renowned medical expert of international repute and the honorable commissioner for health during Ajimobi’s 2nd term administration was on a live program with an Ibadan based private radio station where he made some sterling revelations on some critical issues that led to the dethronement of APC government in Oyo state, some of which included betrayal, absence of internal democracy, financial inducement, imposition of candidates among others.
While Dr Adeduntan was on a radio program sending words of caution to some APC leaders in the state to step aside and allow younger breeds take over the mantle of leadership, he also enjoined Chief Adebayo Adelabu (penkelemi) the APC guber candidate in the last election to humble himself and accord respect to his political leaders, while it was reported in another vein that chief Adelabu has been holding series of meetings with party members to reunite warring factions, Ajimobi, Akala, and Folarin were reportedly designing strategies for a strong come back in the state.
From all indications, it appeared that APC in Oyo state is in a serious political dilema which has portrayed Oyo state under the PDP government like a one party state in the absence of any opposition party.
One the other hand, the current PDP government under governor Seyi Makinde, appears to be capitalizing on the woes of Oyo APC to provide governance that has been adjuged by many political and economic analysts as template and reference for good governance in Nigeria. While the PDP yet basks in the euphoria of the 2019 electoral victory and having succeeded in almost all areas APC failed in its eight year tenure, it should dawn on Oyo PDP to be wary of the recent influx of APC members into its fold within just a short time of being out of government.
Another move that must serve as a wake up call to PDP in Oyo state is the gang up among the trio of Ajimobi, Akala, and Folarin, as well as Sen Adeseun’s decampment to APC, for anyone to neutralize the strength of their unity may be to the detriment of the ruling party in Oyo state.
While governor Makinde is daily winning the hearts of many Nigerians across political party divides through qualitative service delivery that has restored hope to the hopeless, it is important to note that the race to 2023 has started in earnest therefore, the urgent need to empower party faithfuls should be at the fore of governor Makinde’s political agenda except ofcourse he is less perturbed by 2023.
It is believed that governor Makinde will take time to understudy factors that led to the abysmal failure of APC at the 2019 polls as well as factors that played out in his favour to his electoral victory because governor Makinde in Oyo state has been described by many as the face of new political leadership not only in Oyo state but the entire south western region of Nigeria therefore, he is expected to succeed where all his successors failed.