A former Financial Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Alhaji Kayode Adanla, has announced that the former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi must leave the party so that the party can take control of the State again.
Adanla stated this while speaking with newsmen on the root of the party’s crisis in the state and the recent appointment of the former governor as the deputy national chairman (South) of the party.
In his words, “There is no way that can fly if the national body of the APC wants the party to succeed in Oyo State and South-West in general. How can you say failure can still be the party’s deputy national chairman? We are talking about a party that he destroyed single-handedly. He is a political liability. Abiola Ajimobi does not regard anybody as amounting to anything. He had destiny helpers that came to his aid to make him governor in 2011.”
Adanla also noted that if the national leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu does not let Ajimobi go there is no way there can be peace in the APC in the State and without peace winning back the control of power in the state is not realistic.
When asked why he described former governor Ajimobi, who broke the jinx of ruling the state as governor for two terms as a failure, he replied, “ Is that a measure to judge him as a leader? That is not a factor. He did not make himself and he was not the one who made it happen. We members of the party were the ones that did that for him. Look at the percentage of votes during the second term; 32 or 33 and a half total votes. That is not a good result for a progressive. Go and see the result of the late Lam Adesina and first term result of Abiola Ajimobi. People don’t like him; it was the establishment; the progressives that aided him to win the election. That was responsible for the result of the governorship election of 2019.”
The outburst by Adanla, a chieftain of the party, is part of the strong criticisms, that arose over the nomination and appointment of Ajimobi as a member of the National Executive Council of the party.
OYOINSIGHT.COM had earlier reported how other stakeholders including former communications minister, Adebayo Shittu, and other aggrieved party members criticized Ajimobi’s emergence.