The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo state for the 2019 general election, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, on Thursday, said there are only two political parties in the country.
He stated this while speaking at a meeting of some stakeholders of the Oyo State chapter of the APC, held at Premier Hotel, Ibadan.
He pledged his loyalty to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and explained that a critical look at his trajectory in politics showed that he had always aligned with the core progressive ideology.
He maintained that it had become clear to him that anyone who was a member of other parties, apart from the APC or PDP, might only be wasting his or her time.
Speaking, Lanlehin said, “I am back home. Home is APC. I am a core progressive from SDP to AD to ACN to APC. I identify very totally with the progressive ideology. But, it has become very clear now that there are only two parties in Nigeria.
“If you find yourself in any other party, due to no fault of yours, that is outside those two parties, I am sorry to say that you might not be doing yourself the right thing; you might be wasting your time.
“In Nigeria of today, we have only two parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and they represent the spectrum of conservatism and progressivism.
“I believe I should be here in the APC. I have been there before; I have served the party; I was a foundation member; I was a member of NADECO; I went through the trajectory. So, it is only nice that I go back to where I was before and where I left for certain reasons. But I am very glad to be back home.”
The stakeholders meeting of progressives had in attendance, former Senator Soji Akanbi; former Senator Ayo Adeseun; former Senator Olufemi Lanlehin; former Minister of Communication, Bayo Shittu; Mr Niyi Akintola, SAN; Professor Adeolu Akande; Mr Fatai Ibikunle; Mr Saheed Akinade-Fijabi; Mr Waheed Olajide; Mr Abu Gbadamosi among others.
The meeting was an opportunity for some APC members, under the umbrella of The Progressives, to brief members of the outcome of recent meetings held with the National Reconciliation Committee of the APC in Abuja.
Bayo Shittu, who led the presentations, said all contentious issues ranging from grievances of members on the imposition of candidates on the party despite purchasing forms to contest councillorship and chairmanship, flawed congresses, the emergence of party executive council members from state to ward level that was not popularly elected by party members, were tabled and addressed at the meeting.
Shittu, however, said both Unity Forum and SENACO factions of the party had resolved to resolve their misgivings of the past and differences and work for the unity of the party.
He reported that the National reconciliation committee accepted all the proposals for peace as contained in the reports of representatives to the meetings in Abuja, and enjoined all members of the party to shun any action that could derail the peace initiative of the party.
As part of plans to reposition the Oyo APC, Shittu added that there will soon be fresh registration of all members to be followed by congresses to elect new executives across the nation.
According to Shittu, the two groups that attended the meeting with the National Reconciliation Committee were mandated to nominate three members each to oversee the fresh registration of all members with the executive committee of the party.
This, he said, will be followed by the party convention to hold latest by January 2021.
Various party stakeholders, who spoke at the meeting, stressed the need for members to embrace the new peace initiative led by the Governor Abubakar Badaru-led committee of the APC and the National Caretaker Committee of the party.