Fulfil pre-2019 election agreement, ADC Assembly candidates beg Makinde

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Barr. SHarafadeen Abiodun
The African Democratic Congress(ADC) House of Assembly candidates in the 2019 general elections have called on Gov. Seyi Makinde to honour the coalition agreements reached with their leader, Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin.
They made the call during a news conference held on Tuesday at the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) Press Centre in Ibadan.
Leading the delegates to the press centre are; Hon. Gafar Ojetola, Tolalani Adigun Tajudeen, Idowu Balogun, Paul Alagbe and Akinsunbo Abiodun.
According to Gafar Ojetola, four political parties namely ADC, PDP, ZLP and SDP had on March 2, 2019 formed an alliance to support Makinde of PDP with spelt out sharing formular of political appointments across board.
Gafar said the sharing formula stated that the PDP takes 64 percent of political appointments, ADC gets 30 percent, ZLP takes five percent and SDP takes a percentage.
The ADC candidate who reaffirmed the loyalty of the group to the leadership of Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin, the ADC governorship candidate, called on the governor to redeem his promises according to the terms of agreement.
“We regret to announce that almost nine months into this government till date, Gov. Seyi Makinde has not fulfilled any of the agreement reached between our principal, Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin and himself,” it said.
On his part, Tolalani Adigun Tajudeen said the group was direct casualties and sacrificial lambs of the alliance as all their 32 House of Assembly seats went along the coalition.
“The body language of the governor is that of abandonment to fulfilling his own part of the agreement despite that we have staked everything possible to his electoral victory at the polls.
“That victory was our joint efforts and the terms of the promises should be fulfilled without further delay.
“We have sacrificed so much than to be abandoned, used and dumped, ignored or treated in this manner. We should be setting good precedence, as we did in the last election,” the group said.
It noted that they did not request and were not given any financial compensation before consenting to the terms of the alliance, adding they were repeatedly assured of consideration for political appointments.
According to the group, “these assurances were also reemphasised with us by the governor during his thank you visit to Sen. Lanlehin residence.”

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