Efforts to ‘toast’ Oyo State House of Assembly’s youngest member, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, to join the newly formed African Democratic Congress, ADC, did not work. He is staying in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, on whose platform he contested and won a seat to represent Ibarapa East state constituency in the legislative chamber.
The 31-year old politician, whose late father- Chief Adeseun Ogundoyin, was a philanthropist succeeded late speaker Adesina Michael Adeyemo, whose death in April, 2018 at age 47, made the seat vacant.
Ogundoyin, who hails from Eruwa, had contested and defeated Adeyemo’s younger brother who hails from neighbouring Lanlate in the May 12, 2018 bye-election.
PDP leaders had settled for Ogundoyin due to his father’s philanthropic and development efforts in Ibarapaland while alive.
His other opposition colleagues, OYO INSIGHT learnt, had talked him into defecting into the ADC with former PDP leader in the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja.
This newspaper had reported how the inability of Ladoja and Engr Seyi Makinde, a PDP governorship candidate this newspaper had reported, to settle the leadership crisis that arose from a state congress last year’s November, led the former governor and his supporters out of the party.
Though Ogundoyin is yet to reply a text sent to his line by OYO INSIGHT, sources said he would dare leave the party because his mother, Chief (Mrs) Tina Ogundoyin is ‘very close’ to the PDP hierarchy in the state. “She is a close ally of Alhaja Bose Adedibu, wife of late strongman of Oyo politics, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu…”
Ogundoyin, who was quoted as saying that his people would be unhappy if he leaves the PDP, was said to have obtained nomination forms to return to the Assembly.
Out of the 32 lawmakers in the Assembly, only Ogundoyin and Hon. Peter Oyetunji of Surulere/Ogo-Oluwa state constituency, who wants to represents Surulere/Ogo-Oluwa federal constituency are of the PDP. Most of the opposition lawmakers in the Assembly have ported to the ADC while only Hon. Kehinde Oloya remains with Accord owing to political issues with Ladoj.