Accord Inaugurates New Caretaker Committee In Oyo Ahead Guber Poll •••as Adelabu says Asiwaju tsunami responsible for party loss during NASS elections
Accord Party has inaugurated an interim executives in Oyo state ahead the forthcoming governorship and house of assembly elections in the state.
Naijanewshub.com.ng reports that the development followed the recent sack of the State Executive Council of Accord party in Oyo state, the National leadership of the party on Sunday inaugurated a five man Caretaker Committee (Interim state Excos) for the state.
The National Chairman, Mohammad Nalado who was ably represented by the National Legal Adviser, Maxwell Ngbudem and the National Vice Chairman Southwest, Alhaji Dokun Babarinde condemned the action of the sacked excos noting that the party is known for its integrity and oneness of mission.
Naijanewshub.com.ng further reports that the national leadership took the decision to dissolve the group following their open endorsement of Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as its preferred governorship candidate against the party’s candidate for Saturday’s election.
The inaugurated committee include: Alhaji Isiaka Salami (Chairman); Mr. Bashiru Ayobami (Secretary); Hon Fatai Salawu (member); Mrs Bimpe Martins (member) and Hon Ayodele Oyajide (members).
The committee is to oversee the affairs of the party pending when the State Congress Elections would be held. The inauguration which held at the Party’s new state secretariat, Oke Ado, Ibadan was attended by party leaders from across the state.
Speaking before the inauguration, the National Legal Adviser said it was shameful for a group of people to constitute themselves against the decision of the party, promising to sanction them according to the party provisions.
He charged the members to go across the state and inform the people that Accord has not stepped down its candidacy for the governorship position or any of the members of the House of Assembly.
He added that the party is strongly behind Oloye Adebayo Adelabu for the governorship seat as well as all its house of assembly members.
Speaking earlier, Adelabu said the betrayal was not unexpected but never acceptable. He expressed shock that some individuals could turn to political jobbers for selfish gains and lacked faith in vision and mission of the party I the state.
He commended the national leadership of the party for the promptness and quick intervention saying it took less than two hours the excos made their fraudulent endorsement of Makinde that the National leadership issued a statement denouncing the move and sack of the affected excos.
He said it was disheartening that after the party candidates had spent so much money to campaign and mobilise for the election, the Bola Tinubu tsunami made them lost at the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said put together, the candidates have spent close to N3billion during the electioneering process but that the governorship election will prove many things wrong and wide acceptability of Accord in the state.
The ex-CBN deputy governor narrated a whole lot of what the candidates had gone through in the hands of the past leadership due to their selfish pursuits.
He said the one week extension of the governorship by INEC was a blessing in disguise for the Accord.
Adelabu said “We are not divided along any line. We are one and we remain one in our party. As a political party, the only objective for any political party is to contest election and win and not for political trading.
“We decided to opt into Accord from the APC because we saw it was the next popular party that has reach and spread after the other two big major parties.
“We were warned about those individuals that we met in the party and we gave them.all they needed to make them comfortable. If they needed money, we gave them even in excess just to ensure we are united and focus.
“They have taken a lot of steps that we were aware of but we were just watching. They started making troubles since the days we started to select candidates to conduct elections.
“There are a number of reasons that we lost the presidential and National Assembly elections due to Asiwaju’s tsunami. No candidate campaigned more than our candidates for the National Assembly positions.
“Vote cast was for Asiwaju, not APC. It was for Atiku not PDP. And for Obi, not LP. It was about individuals and not party.
“The forthcoming governorship election too would be about individuals and not party. We have spent over N3billion by all our candidates put together since we joined the party till date. What the sacked excos did amount to betrayal and backstabbing. It is not unexpected but we could not tolerate.
“Apart from the chairman and secretary, no single party member supported them. That was what they did in 2019 when they came out to disown the party candidate.
“The National Secretariat who are fair in their assessment kicked and condemned the action. The decisions of the national leadership to sack the exco because of their action is highly commendable and appreciated.
“Let us forget about the past and move ahead and God will give us good success.”
Speaking on behalf of the new exco In his acceptance speech, the chairman, Alhaji Salami pledged loyalty of the excos to the national leadership and members of the party and all the candidates in the State.
He said the party must take advantage of the one week extension to work and reclaim the state and prove that it is the only alternative for the masses of the state.