Governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo State, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, has advised those in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the current government in the state to begin to think about life outside government because the defeat of the APC in the February and March elections in the state will be “emphatically calamitous.”
Lanlehin, who spoke through his media aide, Damola Adeoye, against the background of a statement credited to APC spokesperson, Dr Abdulazeez Olatunde, castigating those in ADC, said he was never a member of the APC, as he long foresaw the gloom and doom that lay in wait for the party because of the manner it was being run by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
“Before the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) dissolved into APC, Lanlehin quit the party, sensing danger because of the way it had been turned into a one-man show and a party where nobody’s opinion counted except that of the governor.
“Today, Lanlehin’s decision to leave the party has been justified, as many others have also dumped the APC for ADC, which is not just a party, but a rescue movement home to fine political tendencies aptly described as the government-in-waiting.
“As for the current electioneering process, Lanlehin has been traversing the nooks and crannies of the state and the reception everywhere he has visited has been warm, superlative and reassuring of a good outing for ADC candidates in February and March elections.
“Rather than lament and externalise its frustration over the loss of credible members and leaders to the ADC, APC ought to be campaigning like ADC and its candidates are doing and are being received very well by the people of the state. It will be impossible to rig the coming elections.
“We challenge APC and its candidates to a popularity walk on the streets of Ibadan and other parts of the state with ADC candidates. We can only sympathise with the APC for frittering away its goodwill in less than four years. Let them begin to pack their bags and baggage, as Oyo people are ready to send them away in the coming polls,” Lanlehin said through his media assistant.