A former senator for Oyo Central in Oyo State, Senator Ayo Adeseun, has said his support for the realisation of the governorship bid of a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chief Bayo Adelabu, in Accord remains unchanged.
He spoke against the backdrop of a visit to his residence in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State by the national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator lylola Omisore, APC governorship candidate in the state, Senator Teslim Folarin and others.
The two-term senator said the clarification be came necessary following ‘a misleading report’ on social media and online news blog that the visiting APC leaders and candidates wooed him to support Folarin’s gubernatorial project.
Adeseun said in a statement that though he is a card-carrying member of APC, his support to see Adelabu take over as governor of the state in 2023 under Accord would not be compromised for any thing.
Prodded on what he told the visiting APC leaders, the senator said he promised that both Accord and APC members would vote and mobilise for Tinubu to win. He stated: “Yes, it is true they were in my house and we met. I told them that on the presidential aspiration of Senator Bola Tinubu, both Accord and APC are going to massively vote for and mobilise for him to win and become the next president of the Nigeria.
“Also, as far as the governorship election is concerned, both Accord and APC are united that Governor Seyi Makinde must not return as governor in 2023.
“But the way we are going to ensure this happens is that we will sit down after the first election to look at the performance of the two parties in the first election. “The result of the first election will be a guide on who will need to step down for the other person and other parties will also be spoken to in order for us to ensure Mak inde is sent out of the Gov ernment House in Agodi.
“My support is for Bayo Adelabu, the governorship candidate of Accord, to become our next governor in Oyo State. He is a very bright and talented young man with immense capacity to move the state forward.
“Bayo and those who left APC for Accord did so in protest of the ill treatment that they suffered at the hands of the leadership of the party in Abuja.
“They went to Accord to prove a point to those who hijacked the party structure and those who aided, abetted them in Abuja and ceded the control of the party to the minority and even did it with so much impunity.
“Can anybody blame them for joining another party where they feel they are better placed to realise their aspirations?”