The candidate for g”vernor of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 general elections in the state of Oyo, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, has said that Governor Seyi Makinde has not yet fulfilled any of the promises made to him in the agreement of the gentleman they reached.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Lanlehin of ADC, Chief Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli of the Zenith Labor Party (ZLP), and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), a few days before the elections, rejected his ambition by supporting Makinde to Win the election.
The trio was persuaded by a former state governor, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja to support Makinde, who then defeated the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Adebayo Adelabu in the elections for governor of the 9th March.
During a joint press conference led by the political gladiators in Ibadan, where it was agreed to support Makinde, it was said that Makinde and those who rejected his ambitions reached an agreement.
But, just eight months after the agreement was reached, one of those who ruled out his ambitions, Lanlehin, accused the governor of not complying with some of the agreements reached.
Lanlehin, in a statement entitled “Makinde still does not keep his promises,” which he personally signed and made available to Latest Nigeria newspaper in Ibadan, the state capital, on Wednesday, clarified that he did not request or receive any financial compensation for resigning his mandate . to support Makinde to eclipse the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
He said that instead of asking Makinde for withdrawing from him, he further pledged his resources for the prosecution of the governor’s election won by Makinde of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP).
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He said Makinde’s inability to comply with the terms of his agreement could have been caused by “the hectic and demanding schedule of his state duties.”
He said: “I am still a committed member of ADC whose members worked assiduously and tirelessly in the installation of the Makinde government, and I hope to participate in it as agreed before the aforementioned governor election.
“Candidate Seyi Makinde (as it was then) made some promises to me as the titular candidate of my ADC party. I willingly and absolutely agreed to deliver my governor’s mandate in the common interest of the people of the state of Oyo.
“I did not request and did not receive any financial compensation for resigning the mandate, but I committed more resources for the election of governor.
“To date, Governor Makinde has not fulfilled any of the terms of the agreement reached between him and me. I think Makinde has not been able to fulfill the terms of the gentleman’s agreement between us (me and him) due to the very busy and demanding schedule of his state duties, “the statement said.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Lanlehin explained that he retired to Makinde to avoid repeating the 2015 experience when all opposition parties could not choose one among them to dismiss the APC from his post, which led to the appearance of Governor Abiola Ajimobi for a second mandate with only 32 percent of the total votes cast.