Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was making moves to get the Oyo helmsman to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adisa, in a statement, noted that the “plot to lure Makinde to the APC” did not come as a surprise.
According to him, the opposition was scared of a woeful performance in Oyo in the 2023 governorship election.
The spokesman said the governor’s “unprecedented achievements” have surpassed the opposition’s imagination.
“Rather than claim that Makinde wants to defect, the truth the APC elements should tell the world is that their party is attempting to lure the performing governor.”
The CPS added that Makinde has not bothered to respond to their criticisms because he was focused on service delivery to the people.
On the farmers/herders’ crisis, Adisa said the governor had remained on the side of the law and always insisted that criminals must be fished out without ethnic profiling.
However, the Ibadan Groups within the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, including the Oyo Solidarity Front, OSF, Oyo Progressives Resolute, OPR, and Oyo Sustainable Development Movement, OSDM, yesterday, vowed to resist moves by Governor Seyi Makinde to join the party.
A statement by chairmen and secretaries of the groups, Messrs Johnson Olooto, Shina Alubankudi, Waheed Olanrewaju, Sunday Olododo, Ibrahim Arikewusola and Daud Arapaja, respectively, said Governor Makinde has become a leper that should not be allowed to mix with normal, healthy people.
The statement reads: “He has been rejected by his party and its leadership in the South West and he is looking for a soft landing, he should move further than the APC”. “He has always claimed to be popular. He should stake his popularity in any of the other political parties in the country, not in APC where he has elevated his attack on the party leadership to a state policy.
“He betrayed all those who worked for him to emerge as Governor leading to the collapse of the coalition.” “All the people that helped him to power are no longer with him. Former Governor Ayodele Fayose was the person that handed over the PDP flag to him as party flag bearer, today he is at loggerheads with his benefactor. His antics have left his party more divided and many have deserted him.