Relevant stakeholders in the Oyo State chapter of the Accord Party have met in Ibadan to review and intimate members of the party across the thirty three (33) local governments in the state on the coalition support given to the reelection bid of Governor ‘Seyi Makinde.
The stakeholders meeting, which was on the instance of a House of Representatives Member representing Iseyin-Itesiwaju-Kajola Federal Constituency and the Ayedero of Yoruba land, Hon Shina Peller; had in attendance Kolade Ojo led executives, Accord’s National Secretary, Chief Mrs Ajaja and party leaders from each local government.
Speaking on the essence of the stakeholders meeting, the convener, Hon Shina Peller said there was the need to commend the contributions of members in the reelection of the incumbent governor and that Governor Makinde has acknowledged the enormous support.
He said the party decided to review it’s strength and political technicalities after the February 25th presidential and national assembly elections, and saw the need for a coalition with the PDP candidate.
In his words, Peller said: “We came out of an election without winning a seat out of the three senatorial districts and out of the fourteen Reps. seats and we’re a third force party, a new party for that matter competing with APC and PDP, so the only thing we had to do then was to look for the best candidate out of the APC and PDP.
“All we presented before our governorship candidate were facts, even our candidate did not win his polling unit,” he added.
He said Governor Makinde has done well for Oke-Ogun, hence his adoption by traditional rulers and major stakeholders in the region.
In the meantime, the National Secretary of Accord, Dr (Mrs) Adebukola Ajaja berated the National President of the party, Lawal Nalado for dissolving the Oyo State executive of the party, describing the move as illegal, null and void.
Ajaja said Nalado has no right to dissolve the Oyo State Exco, noting that she was not aware of the dissolution letter which should have emanated from her office as a National Secretary.
She said the letter does not hold any water and that Kolade Ojo remained the State Chairman, Olayinka Dairo as Secretary and other state excos until the conduct of another congress.
She accused members of Oyo APC, who defected to Accord of hijacking the structure, stressing that the state executive were neglected during the electioneering.
However, speaking on the alliance with ‘Seyi Makinde in the just concluded election, Ajaja said the party remains with Governor Makinde, noting that Accord at all levels will be involved in the present administration in the state.