The chances of the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to hold on to power beyond 2019 are being threatened as one of its two remaining senators is on his way out of the party.
Sen. Adesoji Akanbi, who represents Oyo South senatorial district, will leave the party next week for a party his wife, Zhikrah Akanbi, said “share the same ‘Progressive’ ideology and the very essence of offering one self to serve.” She, however, did not mention the name of the party her husband would be joining.
Sen. Akanbi’s wife’s response became necessary following a post by the administrator of the Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association, OYSOWA, that officials whose husbands have left the party should to exit the 2018 OYSOWA planning committee.
OYSOWA is an association of all wives of serving political office holders in the state, with the First Lady, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, as chairperson.
Not long ago, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, Oyo Central, left APC. She has since joined the African Democratic Congress, ADC.
Below is the OYSOWA’s administrator post that necessitated Mrs Akanbi’s reply.
We have also, been reliably informed that some of our husbands in this planning committee have left the Progressive Party to another party. In view of this and due to conflict of interest, but, without prejudice, we want to advise the wives concerned to exit from the 2018 OYSOWA planning committee immediately. We wish them well and the very best. Thx and God bless. (sic)
Senator Adesoji Akanbi’s Wife Reply
Good afternoon Your Excellency and my sweet Sisters. By now, I am sure everyone is aware of what’s happening between the Governor and my husband, Sen Soji Akanbi aka S.O.J, as it is now made public.
I want you to know that it’s on record that my husband is a core and true progressive, and has remained loyal and committed to the progress and development of his people, Community and Oyo State in general. APC is a party he contributed his own Quota in building, from Nadeco to AD to AC to ACN and now APC. He has forever, been consistent in his ways, giving back to the society with masses oriented programs even outside public office, and stayed firm and loyal to his leaders in the Progressive family. In the face of intimidation and disregard for loyalty and commitment to the people he represents, by a ‘clic’ of people within the Oyo State APC simply borne out of greed and selfishness, he has no choice, than to take a bow and align with his fellow Progressives in the other party. The party we are moving to, I believe share the same ‘Progressive’ ideology and the very essence of offering one self to serve – Selfless and principled Service to humanity, towards the development and empowerment of Human, infrastructural and socioeconomy of our great Country. A party that will heed the voice of the people with freedom of expression not oppression.
My dear Sisters, to me family goes beyond politics and power. It’s a legal bond thicker than anything. My up bringing, background and the relationship I have with each and everyone on this forum, I so much cherish. We may no longer belong to the same Progressive Party, but I hope we all share the same progressive ideology in every sense of it.
Love you sisters and stay Blessed.