Oyo ADC logjam: A faction may defect to Zenith Labour Party


Crises rocking the Oyo state chapter of the Africa Democratic Congress may have taken a turn for the worse with the emergence of a new party into the mix, Zenith Labour party believed to be promoted by certain elders of the ADC. For some time now sources have revealed to Sunrisebulletin.com that certain elders within the ADC have concluded plans to move to another party, if they can’t have their way.

A 52- second jingle in Yoruba highlighting the ‘ideologies’ of the new party hit the media waves early hours of Friday morning in Ibadan,
This development according to sources may have confirmed what many ADC members have been talking about in hush tones for some time now. ADC which many considers to be the major opposition to the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state may have pushed the self destruct button, due to its inability to manage the crises that arose after the selection of candidates.

Political observers say the crisis in ADC was a time bomb because the party itself is peopled by strange bed fellows and unforgiving stalwarts who had over the years being engaged in a cat and mouse game to undo one another.

The crisis peaked penultimate Sunday (October 7) when all the 13 aspirants; Festus Wale Adegoke; Engr. Remi Oseni; Senator Femi Lanlehin; Dr. Yunus Akintunde; Chief Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli and Engr. Remi Olaniyan could not agree on the choice of party’s gubernatorial candidate to meet up with the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Other aspirants who were stuck to their guns included Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja; Chief Lowo Obisesan; Dr. Kola Balogun; Otunba Oluseye Opatoki; Mr. Ayodele Adigun; Senator Gbenga Babalola and Dr. Nureni Adeniran.

Signs that all would not be well with Oyo ADC started unfolding in the constitution of executives at the wards, local and state levels via the congresses.

The party’s inability to genuinely adopt any of the three modes for selection of the party’s flagbearers for all elective positions viz Direct, Indirect and Consensus was the last straw that broke its camel’s back.

Not too long after its emergence at state political terrain ADC worked its way into the hearts of the electorates. This largely becase of the calibre of politicians that joined the party in the state, while former Governor Rashidi Ladoja who had bitterly complained of impunity in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led his teeming supporters to ADC with a feeling that culture of internal democracy would be entrenched in their newly found haven,

It was the same thinking in the camp of the breakaway faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a group under ‘Unity Forum’ led by Senator Monsurat Sumonu and others like Coalition for Nigeria’s Movement (CNM); led chief Olakojo and the Labour Party led by chief Michael Koleosho and others coalesced under ADC for the sole task of sending the ruling government packing in 2019.
However reasons have seized to prevail in Oyo ADC, notwithstanding the presence of the four leaders; Ladoja, Chief Michael Koleoso, Dr. Busari Adebisi and Chief Layiwola Olakojo. The Yoruba proverb that ‘Agba kii wa loja ki ori omo titun wo’ which literally means elders are stabilizing forces for the peace of the society because their presence are assumed to make peace possible at all times, is alien to the key players in the party.

They have been unable to save the ADC from impending implosion and eventual disintegration!

It is now unto your tenth oh Israel as litigation instituted by the 12 of the 13 aspirants who complained of the emergence of Senator Lanlehin and the latest news coming from Abuja that the candidates’ list hitherto shrouded in secrecy has allegedly been toyed with by a group within, ostensibly to favour their members, are the final overkill.

Opposition hardly learns from past mistakes, save for the ruling APC where the governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi appears to be ‘a better manager’ of the fallout of the recent crisis in the party, both the ADC and PDP still have a long way to go especially if the news coming lately from their camps is anything to go by.

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