Members of the Unity Forum, the breakaway group of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State have come out to state that the outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly election in Oyo State has confirmed their position that Governor Abiola Ajimobi has destroyed the party in Oyo State.
“We recall with regrets that when we called the attention of the national leadership of the APC to the destruction being done to the party by Governor Ajimobi, the leadership ignored our complaints and handed over the party to him in the conviction that being a governor was enough to win elections.
“The result of the presidential election has proved without doubt that the APC has lost its grip on Oyo State which is the heartbeat of South West politics.
“In 2015, we won all three Senate seats,now we are back to two,winning Oyo Central District by only about 3,000 votes.
“The results of the presidential and national assembly elections show Oyo State failing President Muhammadu Buhari by trailing the PDP with over 1,400 votes. This is a far cry from our victory in 2015 when APC won the Presidential Election by defeating PDP by 528,000 votes to ver 303,620 votes. (Over 225,376 votes)
“In the five geo-political zones of Oyo State, PDP won in Ibadan, Oyo and Ibarapa zones while Action Democratic Party (ADP) won in Ogbomosho Zone. APC only managed to split Oke Ogun Zone 5 local governments apiece with the PDP. What this means is that while PDP has three geo-political zones and ADP has one under their control respectfully, the APC has no single geo-politiclal zone to itself. This is a far-cry from the situation in 2015 elections when APC had control of four of the geo-political zones.
“The picture of the damage to the progressives family becomes clearer when the votes of ADC candidates who are mainly APC decampees are added to the votes of the APC in the NASS elections. Let the progressives not be deceived by the victory in 11 House of Representatives constituencies, the general popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari and local politics around candidates of the parties helped the APC in that election. The situation may be different in the gubernatorial election. But all hopes are not lost for the progressives if we look at the big picture by burying our differences and work together to salvage the situation.. E je ki a le eleyoro jina ki a to ba adie wi. As the elders say,” Oorun to wa l’oke,o to sa so gbe,” the statement added.