Ex Oyo Attorney General, Bayo Lawal Breaks Silence, Speaks On Controversy Trailing 2019 Coalition Pact
By Henry Odeh
The former Attorney General of Oyo state, chief Bayo Lawal, who is now chairman, Oyo state Housing Corporation has reacted to the lingering controversy trailing the 2019 coalition pact prior to the governorship election which saw the emergence of Governor Seyi Makinde as the executive governor of Oyo state.
The renowned legal practitioner made the response on Sunday 4th of October, 2020 via a whatsapp group after the Oyo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) responded to a statement credited to Senator Olufemi Lanlehin who had accused governor Seyi Makinde of betrayal and unworthy of trust in his message to the people of Ondo state in preparation for the forthcoming governorship election.
He said: “It’s important for me at this stage to correct some of the misgivings, misrepresentation of facts and outright falsehood that are being continuously put in the public domain in order to score very cheap political points unreservedly.
“This has to do with the issue of sharing arrangements in the coalition that brought about the success of PDP may Gov Seyi Makinde in the 9th of March 2019 governorship election in Oyo State. I need to refresh our minds at this stage that before that particular election, series of meetings, the details of which I would not recount, were held with a singular purpose of dislodging APC from Oyo State.
“God Almighty in His infinite Mercy granted our supplications. I was privileged to attend most of the meetings by virtue of being the Oyo North Senatorial candidate of ADC.Senator Sunmonu was also part of the arrangement.
“Of course, Senator Lanlehin according to our projection, especially after the National Assembly election became the face of ADC,and the hub around which all coalition negotiation revolved. He chose ADC negotiators. They prepared template and parties to the arrangement apparently were satisfied.
“But before we went to the gov election, some of our ADC members went back to APC without notice whatsoever. I recall that Senator Soji Akanbi and his people were not part of the coalition. Ditto some others from Ibadan and Oke Ogun.
“It was a painful experience for me, because National Assembly election held on the 23rd Feb, and by the Monday following these fellows were in Asiwaju Tinubu’s house clapping and singing APC.On their arrival at Ibadan, they landed at Chief Bayo Adelabu’s house declaring full support for the candidate of APC. Now after the election and assumption of office by gov Makinde ,agitation for implementation of the agreement resumed.
“It is gratifying that of the number of commissioners appointed,3 came straight from ADC in fulfilment of the agreement. With board appointment,ADC had State Assembly Service Commission,SSA Local Govt., my humble self in Oyo State housing Corporation as the CM, Senator Sunmonu as member of State Advisory committee among many others.
“At the LOCAL Gov level, some of our ADC members were appointed to my knowledge. For example Oorelope Cm was ADC . There are others that I cannot remember now. The crux of my message is to disabuse those who could probably fall victim of deceit and political shenanigans.
“ADC members were already appointed and for those who did not follow Sen Lanlehin to APC,hope and chances are still very much available. At this juncture, i will further refresh and inform that at a meeting in Chief Koleosho early in the year, the issue of implementation of coalition agreement was discussed.
“In attendance were HE, Senator Agboola,Chief Ilaka, Chief Bayo Lawal,Baba Adebanjo,Baba Layi Lakojo, Senator Sunmonu Baba Isamosta Ashiru now of blessed memory and my humble self. At that meeting, it transpired that HE offered the position of CM Advisory committee to Sen Lanlehin, which he rejected. That was unknown to many of us Sen Lanlehin did not controvert the assertion of an offer of that nature was a disservice to ADC.
“That is a position he could use to influence many more appointments. That is a position which could bring him closer to this govt. At the end of the meeting at Chief Koleosho’s house, Baba Adebanjo pleaded with us for patience and it was even long after that my appointment and others came.
“However, soon after that particular meeting, Sen Lanlehin announced his withdrawal from coalition arrangements. I respect and honour Sen Lanlehin but occasionally we disagree on approach to political issues. As of today, how many appointments can he influence for ADC members in APC government. Sen Lanlehin is a natable indegene of Oyo State. In spite of all,I don’t expect the kind of remarks he made concerning HE on Info guber election,” he concluded.