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Oyo 2019: Artisans, Professional Bodies, Community Groups Knock Ajimobi, Switch Loyalty To ADC

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An Oyo socio-political organization, Itesiwaju-Oyo Coalition Movement on Wednesday regretted the use-and-dump syndrome infected with the unfulfillable myriad of promises and marginalization of its members by the Abiola Ajimobi led administration. 

The lamentation was sounded at the pally/ meeting initiated by the coalition Cordinator, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun with the newly-sworn in state executive officers, leaders, and gubernatorial aspirants of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, at Olomi, Ibadan. 

Com. Samuel Odewale, the deputy Cordinator and one of the board of trustees’ members of the group formerly known as Ajumose Coalition Movement, while addressing the executives, aspirants and teeming supporters of the just-floated party in the state, said it was expedient for the ranks and files of the group to be actively involved in the next general elections. 



Odewale, the first Vice President of the Nigeria Automobile Technicians’ Association, NATA, rued the continued neglect of the members of the group by the ruling government in spite of the spirited efforts of the teeming affiliates of the group in the success of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2015 general elections. 

According to him, @Towards the build up to the election of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi in 2011, I got summoned to Felele residence of late former Governor Lam Adesina by the leadership of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, with the aim of coveting the support of the state executives and members of the NATA“. 

“At the scene, in the presence of Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the then state General Secretary, I boldly told the congregation that the gubernatorial candidate of the party was not a promise keeper having earlier deceitfully reneged those he made before and during his spells in the senate. But due to the persuasions by late Alhaji Lam Adesina and other respected leaders in attendance, I budged and we religiously worked for the emergence of Ajimobi“. 

“Throughout the first term of Governor Ajimobi, none of the individuals and collective promises made to the umbrella body of artisans, traders and other bodies was fulfilled“. 

“We were low-spirited but as a result of our incurable political ideological traits, the chairman for his Contact and Mobilization for his reelection, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun could not let us be with all sort of pleas and admonitions and we passionately swung into action and worked with the APC footsoldiers to unprecedentedly return the Governor“. 

“If our inputs to his reelecyion as stated by me were ruse, the solidarity rally we staged and organised in 2016 when the social and economic conditions of the state was run aground by the industrial actions by the state civil servants to counter them was part of the incontrovertible testimonies our undying zeal and unflinching support to the government“. 

“Having been well rooted in the electoral matters and in a bid to have a 

people oriented government in place through the next electioneering opportunity, we have resolved to adopt a credible political platform with reliable people to work with so as to redefine the social and economic tune of the state through our members involvement “. 

In his reaction,  the Coordinator, Olatubosun said the main reason behind the meeting with the leadership of the ADC was to familiarize and map out more advanced working strategies to reawaken the spirits of  members in all affiliate groups to get involved in the much approaching polls.

Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, who  represents Oyo Central senatorial district, Dr. Yunus Akintunde, Dr. Remi Oseni, Dr. Kola Balogun and Senator Femi Lanlehin, all aspirants on the platform of the party, in their separate remarks thanked the executive officers and members of the coalition group for the choice of the ADC for the next general elections. 

They however implored the members of the Itesiwaju-Oyo Coalition not to give up in getting rewards for their commitments, and promised to implement people oriented programs if ADC forms the next government. 

Meanwhile, the Itesiwaju-Oyo Coalition Movement has renounced its allegiance to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and switched to the projects of the African Democratic Congress, ADC. 

The decision was arrived at the end of  Wednesday’s interactive meeting with the state executive officers and prominent leaders of the party. 

The group therefore constituted an inclusive volunteers team drawn from its various affiliates across the 33 local government areas of the state to engage in rooting and canvassing for all candidates on the platform of ADC for the forthcoming general elections.Zlhhlh

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