Oyo: Coalition partners query Makinde’s sharing formula, demand more places

Sun Nov 17th, 2019 - Oyo

[FILES] Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo. Photo/Twitter/SeyiAMakinde

• Coalition Is Work In Progress – Ayorinde
On March 2, this year, exactly a week to the governorship election, major opposition parties in Oyo State resolved to jettison their individual ambitions to form a coalition that will give the state a unity government.

The previous Presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 23, 2019 was a clear signal to them that the then government of All Progressives Congress (APC) would continue to rule the state if they approached that election disunited.

To achieve their ambition of sacking APC government from the state, four governorship candidates on that Saturday evening announced their alliance to work together. The candidates are, Engr. Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Senator Femi Lanlehin of Action Democratic Congress (ADC); Barrister Sharafadeen Alli of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who broke the news of the coalition to the newsmen.

The highly elated Chief Ayorinde said: “With the development, as you can see, Engineer Seyi Makinde is here, smiling, I am here I am smiling, some of our other colleagues are possibly still with their caucuses and I believe they are also smiling.
The parties remain the same and the party they are. But for the governorship election on the 9th of March, we have all resolved to work for the candidate of PDP, Engr Seyi Makinde.”

And, that decision was the master-stoke that changed the political calculus of the state and gave them the victory.




source: Guardian