Members of a breakaway faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Unity Forum, on Tuesday, agreed to work for the governorship candidate of the party, Adebayo Adelabu, in Saturday’s gubernatorial and state Assembly elections.
Members of the Unity Forum, who, as a result of their face-off with Governor Abiola Ajimobi, defected to African Democratic Party (ADC), came to this agreement at an emergency meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday.
In a statement by the coordinator, Fatai Ibikunle, the group said it “bowed to pressure from the national leadership of the APC and resolved to team up with their former party to ensure victory for Chief Adebayo Adelabu in this Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state.”
The statement reads further: “The Forum, which is made of many aggrieved Oyo APC faithful, had broken away in the wake of crises which engulfed the ruling party during its congresses in May last year.
“It is also recalled that members of the Unity Forum later scattered as most of them landed in popular opposition parties such as African Democratic Congress (ADC), Action Democratic Party (ADP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“But the fall-out of the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections, which clearly indicated that Oyo APC might be facing a difficult task in its desire to produce another executive governor as a successor to Senator Abiola Ajimobi, had sent a signal to the national leadership of the APC, which swung into action immediately the results were announced by calling for a truce among the warring factions.
“In an emergency meeting held on Tuesday at a private location in Ibadan, leaders and members of the Forum unanimously considered the reports of a delegation which had earlier met with Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and agreed to unite for the sake of peace and progress of the pacesetters state.
“According to the leader of the delegation which recently had an interface with Tinubu in Lagos home, all the issues that led to the schisms within the Oyo APC were presented and treated accordingly while far reaching agreement were reached by both parties with a view to facilitating victory for the APC gubernatorial candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, on Saturday.”