Chief Adebayo Adelabu has debunked the news that the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu called him to return to the camp of his former party.
Adelabu, the Accord Party governorship candidate in Oyo State, stated this in Ibadan, while meeting with stakeholders and leaders in the grassroots, especially those that direct the affairs of the third tier of government – the local governments, in Oyo State.
Chief Adelabu during the meeting publicly stated that Tinubu, who happens to be his political father, was aware of his defection to the Accord Party.
He said: “It’s a blatant lie that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu called me to return to the All Progressives Congress. He’s my political father and mentor but he won’t give such order. He’s fully aware of my defection to Accord and believed my reasons for the defection are justifiable”.
Chief Adelabu noted that he had notified Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of his decision to pursue his ambition in Accord Party, after he had made several protests about various irregularities in the party.
The Agba Akin Parakoyi of Ibadanland while dismissing the Oyo APC reconciliation efforts, narrated the huge fraud committed during ward, local government, state and delegate congresses, done in manner to prevent him and Asiwaju Tinubu from emerging as gubernatorial and presidential candidates.
He stated: “I finally tendered my resignation of membership to my APC ward chairman on the 26th of May 2022 after due consultation with my leaders and supporters about the various irregularities in the party.
“Prior to the elections, the delegate list had been compromised across board. Secondly Oyo APC gubernatorial primaries was shifted to the next day contrary to INEC guidelines and two venues were highlighted to conduct the elections”, he added.
Cheif Bayo Adelabu further stated that he had been the major financier of Oyo APC since 2019, saying he’s now the gubernatorial candidate of Accord Party in Oyo State.
“My interest in politics is to deliver good governance through people oriented policies that would drive the economy of the state to enviable heights. This is our vision for Oyo State”, Adelabu reiterated.
Chief Adelabu noted that he always ensured that his efforts and contributions were evenly distributed across wards and zones in the state and appreciated the support received from across the 33 local government areas in the state.
In the meantime, the meeting had in attendance the chieftains of Accord, Alh. Wale Sanusi, Hon. Gbenga Olayemi Ariba, Hon. Abass Alesinloye, Hon. Omiyale Bimbo, Hon. Fagunwa Kayode, Hon. Bimbo Adepoju, Hon. Kola Olabiyi, Hon. Salawu Fatai Adeshina, Hon. Sodiq Akeem Akintunde, Alh. Yinka Ayantola, Hon. Taiwo Ige, Engr. Femi Alao, Hon. Ademola Adewuyi, Hon Ogundele amongst others.