By Ola Ajayi & Adeola Badru
IBADAN—THE breakaway faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, under the auspices of Unity Forum, has said it had no regret that the party suffered a serious electoral defeat in the presidential and governorship elections held in the state.
The group’s leaders disclosed this, yesterday, during a congress they held with teeming supporters of the party across the 33 local government areas of the state at Emmanuel Alayande Teachers’ House, Samonda, Ibadan.
While evaluating the activities of the group in the just concluded elections, the party chieftains led by Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, the first female senator from the state, said having parted ways with APC, they remained in the African Democratic Congress, ADC.
The members of the party at the meeting entrusted the mantle of leadership to Senator Sunmonu while Senator Olufemi Lanlehin remains the state leader of the party.
The forum, in a communiqué signed by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, congratulated the governor-elect, Seyi Makinde on his emergence as the 5th executive governor of the state since the return of democratic rule in 1999.
The Unity Forum further pledged its readiness to collaborate with the governor in making lives of people of the state better.
They alleged that people of the state had been subjected to undue socio-economic hardship and agony by the outgoing administration in the state.
Olatunbosun said: “The Unity Forum has no regret from being a promoter of a coalition onslaught which ousted the APC as ruling party in the state.”
“No member of the group is authorised to hold any meeting or negotiations on its behalf with any political party as regards its future electoral adventures in the state without expressed authority from its leaders.”
Traditionalists seek recognition from Makinde
Meanwhile, traditional religion adherents, under the umbrella of Traditional Religion Worshipers’ Association of Oyo State, TRWASSO, have urged the governor-elect in the state, Mr. Seyi Makinde to refrain from religious bigotry and see them as bonafide citizens.
The group said this when its leaders paid a congratulatory visit to Makinde at his Ikolaba Ibadan residence.
The traditionalists in a congratulatory letter handed over to Makinde during the visit and signed by Surveyor Dasola Adefabi (President), Chief Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (Secretary), Baale Omikunmi Egbelade, Aare Isese Yoruba Foundation (Patron) and Oluwo Fasoji Fasola (President, Oyinbo Ifa Foundation), a copy which was made available to journalists in Ibadan, the state capital, urged Makinde to give recognition to them in all public programmes organised by his government.
The group said: “On behalf of all the practitioners of traditional religion in Oyo State, we congratulate you on your victory in the recent gubernatorial election in the state.The believers of traditional religion believe that we will not suffer any act of discrimination under your leadership as we have suffered under the outgoing government. On behalf of the practitioners of traditional religion in Oyo state, we implore you to refrain from religious bigotry. We want you to see us as bonafide citizens of Oyo State. You should always welcome us as we will always present our plights before you.”