Fresh crisis is currently brewing within the camp of the Oyo State chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), over the affirmation of Senator Olufemi Lanlehin as the gubernatorial candidate of the party against the Tuesday’s emergence of Dr. Nureni Adeniran.
Adeniran, a former Commissioner in the state, DAILY POST recalls had emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the party during the election held in Ibadan, the state capital, conducted by the thirteen aspirants of the party on Tuesday.
But, the National Working Committee of the party on Wednesday, re-affirmed Lanlehin as the governorship candidate of the party.
ADC National Chairman, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, while briefing journalists in Abuja after a meeting of the National Working Committee of the party, informed that Lanlehin was the candidate of the party.
He said, “In line with our earlier statement on the issue of ADC’s gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, the National Working Committee wishes to announce that Senator Olufemi Lanlehin remains the gubernatorial candidate of ADC in Oyo State. We have had to revisit the issue to ensure that we accommodate all concerns from various quarters. We have had meetings with all the stakeholders of our dear party, including aspirants at all levels of elective positions.
“This was meant to ensure that the choice of Senator Lanlehin satisfied the aspirations of all party leaders, members and stakeholders of our great party, including a broad spectrum of the good people of Oyo State. Following the deliberations and consultations, the party’s decision on Senator Lanlehin has been ascertained to be the best for ADC and especially the good people of Oyo State. All the polls taken so far have pointed to the fact that Lanlehin is the Oyo State Governor in waiting.”
He added, “However, in view of the controversy generated by 12 governorship aspirants of the party in Oyo State, and their request to make an input in choosing a consensus candidate, we gave them the chance to make a recommendation and they recommended Dr. Nureni Adeniran, who the Screening and Primary Committee had screened out because of his failure to meet financial obligations (Expression of Interest and nomination form), lack of constituency support and inability to prove adequate financial capacity to fund the governorship campaign/election. This calls into question the motive behind the agitation of the 12 aspirants.”
While assuring ADC members and stakeholders that the party was well positioned to take over the Government House2019, the National Chairman warned that, “We will not condone acts intended to destabilize the impressive progress already made by ADC in Oyo State. Every member of the party has been assured that their yearning for a candidate of the people has been satisfied in the choice of Olufemi Lanlehin. We urge everyone, particularly the media, to disregard further press statements, not issued by the National Working Committee on the issue of a governorship candidate for ADC in Oyo State.”
World Street Journal however, gathered that the consensus candidacy of Adeniran through the 12 other aspirant was a mere decoy by the Laodoja camp of the party in collaboration with the NWC.
It was learnt that Adeniran was dummy sold to the aggrieved aspirants who rejected what they described as imposition of Lanlehin on the party.
A source confided in WSJ that Adeniran who was part of the Ladoja’s scheme to have his anointed candidate as the party’s flag-bearer would not raise any genuine objection to the choice of Lanlehin by the NWC as against the result of the consensus election by the 13 aspirants.
It was further gathered Adeniran had been assured a the postion of secretary to state government should Lanlehin win the governorship election in 2019.
In spite of the admonition by the NWC that other aspirants should take its decision with in good faith, it was however, gathered that 11 of the aspirants were not happy with the decision of the national leadership of the party reverse its earlier position to abide by the outcome of the consensus election by the aspirants.
It was however, gathered that the other aspirants would make known their resolve on the matter before the end of the week. ”We are coming out with a public statement on the matter”, said one of the aspirants who begged for anonymity. He added that the aggrieved aspirants would use all legal means to fight the injustice in the new party in the state.
”I can assure you that the last has not been heard on the matter. At the appropriate time we shall tell the entire world our next line of actions”, he said.