Olufemi Lanlehin

By Akeem Abas

Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin and his supporters have announced their defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the African Democratic Congress (ADC) due to the crisis rocking the party in Oyo state.

The group led by Lanlehin said this in a communiqué issued after its meeting held in Ibadan on Monday.

According to the communiqué, the meeting was convened by Lanlehin, a former Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District and governorship candidate of ADC in the 2019 general election.

They had agreed that Lanlehin and the entire structure of ADC in Oyo State should move en masse into the APC through a motion which was seconded without objection.

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Earlier, Lanlehin addressed the State Executive Committee of the ADC led by Mr Ezekiel Adeniran, some of the party’s candidates in the 2019 polls and other loyalists on the APC reconciliatory meetings he had attended in Abuja.

He said “The reconciliation process by the APC National Reconciliation Committee  headed by Gov. Abubakar Badaru  of Jigawa State and supported by four other governors is clearly succeeding in its given task”.

Lanlehin assured loyalists drawn from the 33 local government areas of the state that he would continue to prioritise the interest of the common man, adding his actions remained pro-people.

Some speakers at the occasion eulogised Lanlehin for his unselfish and accommodating approach to politics, praying that posterity would be kind to him.

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They endorsed the move, describing Lanlehin’s return to the APC as an homecoming.

“Lanlehin began his politics from the progressive camp, from his days in the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the legacy parties of the APC,’’ they said.

Present at the meeting are Chief Sunday Ajadi, Alhaji Rafiu Afuku, Alhaji Adebayo Waheed, Erelu Funke Olayanju, Alhaji Suara Ogunyemi and others.