The Oyo State Chapter of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, has declared its “unflinching support” to the governance style of what it described as “government of unity led by Engineer Oluwaseyi Makinde as being widely adjudged by the populace of the truly progressives.”
The Chapter also dissociated itself from a purported group calling for “a credible alternative” ahead of the 2023 Governorship election in the State.
The Party, through its leaders, including Chief Micheal Koleoso, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, the Party’s acting Chairman, Reverend Adeniiran, Executive leaders from the State, local governments and wards made the declaration after a stakeholders’ meeting which held at the Emmanuel Alayande Teachers House, Samonda, Ibadan on Tuesday.
The ADC is a combination of party stalwarts drawn from five major blocs namely: the APC Unity Forum, Labour Party, Accord, Coalition for Nigerian Movement (CNM) and old promoters of the ADC, who worked with the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party to ouster the then ruling All Progressives Congress. The coalition gave birth to the emergence of Governor Seyi Makinde in Oyo State.
The Party leaders, speaking through a communique at the end of the meeting, “Commends and appreciates Governor Makinde’s effort in his populist policies and programmes which include, prompt payment of salaries, abolition of fees in public schools, distribution of free exercise and text books, review of disengagement in the civil service, employments through public private partnership, health reforms and security rejuvenations, among others.”
While explaining the purpose the meeting, a former Senator who represented Oyo Central at the Eighth National Assembly, Senator Sunmonu, expressed shock that certain individuals could go to the extent of degrading the decision of the party, all in the claim of preparing for 2023.
She reiterated the support of the ADC to the Governor Makinde-led administration, noting that the Governor is “righting the many wrongs that characterized the immediate past administration in the State.”
Sunmonu said, “The ADC are strongly behind this government and that we admire him for all the decisions he has made for the people such as collecting their salaries as at when due. You know when people collect their salaries as at when due, it helps the economy of the State.”
He noted that the stoppage of N3,000 school fees in the State, among other efforts geared towards development, are laudable efforts that everybody should appreciate.
On unity in the ADC, the former Senator said, “We are starting and I now believe that we need oneness and that is necessary because we need each other. We must make the centre to hold so that things won’t fall apart. I believe that and I can assure you that very soon you will see unity in the ADC.”
“The people claiming that they are looking for a credible alternative are not a group, but just one or two individuals, it is not a group. We won’t take them to be a group. And for God’s sake, what credible alternative are you looking for now? Talking of 2023 in 2019? I disagree,” he argued.
Some of the Party leaders at the meeting include, former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Musah Abdulwasil, former State lawmakers, Mr Gbenga Oyekola, Tunji Adekunle, Lukman Balogun, Segun Olaleye, Bolaji Badmos, Chief Bayo Lawal, Mr Suleiman Ajibade, Mr Sikiru Anibiire, Pa Saka Kareem and Mr Lawal Kareem, among other leaders from all the regions of the State.