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Oyo 2023: Why Adelabu Ditched SDP For Accord
Adebayo Adelabu, governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is not going to the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
The former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, was the party’s flagbearer in the 2019 governorship election.
This is coming two days after he lost the governorship primaries of the APC to Teslim Folarin.
This is because SDP has factions— one with Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State and other with some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a credible source told OYOINSIGHT.COM.
SDP, it was also learnt, has concluded plans to field Iseyin-born legal luminary, Ahmed Raji, SAN, as its governorship candidate.
This newspaper learnt that few hours after the contest, Rashidi Ladoja, former governor of Oyo State, and leader of Accord, had called Adelabu about the primaries.
At least, two serving house of representatives members will be joining him in the two parties.
OYOINSIGHT.COM understands that Ladoja has become a go-to person for many politicians, including Makinde.
Adelabu, it was also learnt, is also talking on ensuring some of his followers are considered for elective positions in the forthcoming elections.
On Sunday afternoon, Adelabu hinted at his exit from the party.
At a press conference, the first after the primaries, Adelabu, said that the APC has been hijacked in the state, adding that he will realize his ambition in another political party.
This was just as Adelabu said that he is consulting with his followers from the 33 local government areas of the state to know the best political party to realise his ambition in 2023.
He said that he will announce his next political party in the next 48 hours after a meeting with leaders of his group.
“Since my followers have asked me to leave APC, we have left the APC.
“We will sit down with our leaders to decide on the political party to join. We will come back to APC after winning the gubernatorial election, because we are progressives.
“It worked during the time of late Abiola Ajimobi, he left AC and went to ANPP and later came back to ACN.
“Just give us 48 hours to get back to you to announce the next political party to join,” he added.