Towards the birth of a formidable alliance against the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 governorship election in Oyo State, a meeting of four major opposition governorship candidates has been slated to in Ibadan, the state capital, today.
The meeting candidates are a former governor and candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala; African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engr. Seyi Makinde; and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) candidate, Chief Sharafadeen Alli.
Makinde, Lanlehin, Alli confirmed to the Nigerian Tribune that they were invited to the meeting and would be attending, just as they stressed the need to close ranks to send APC out of government in the state.
Today’s meeting which holds at Alao-Akala’s residence, it was gathered, was convened by him after his meeting with another former governor and leader of ZLP, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, on Tuesday.
Alao-Akala, during the Tuesday meeting with Ladoja at the latter’s Bodija residence, stressed the need for a coalition of opposition parties to stop APC and Governor Abiola Ajimobi from installing a successor in the state.
Top on the issues to be discussed at the meeting is the need to adopt the opposition party with the best performance in the National Assembly.
The governorship candidate of such party will also be jointly adopted by other candidates.
It will be recalled that the ADP governorship candidate had, during a radio interview last month, hinted that the opposition leaders were talking about forging an alliance that will be strong enough to defeat the ruling party.
He had stressed that he was prepared to sacrifice his governorship bid to see the success of the alliance and the enthronement of a coalition government that would put the interest of the people of the state above other interests.