Adebayo Adelabu, the Accord Party governorship candidate in Oyo State, has revealed how what he called a conspiracy by five bigwigs in the All Progressives Congress(APC) robbed him of the party’s governorship ticket in the state and eventually forced him out.
Adelabu, a former CBN deputy governor, was the APC governorship candidate in the 2019 general election in the state; stated this during a radio programme tagged ‘Political Circuit’ monitored in Ibadan on Saturday.
He alleged that the five senators, including the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu and Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, robbed him of the governorship ticket in the state.
According to him, others involved in the conspiracy were Iyiola Omisore, the APC National Secretary, Tokunbo Afikuyomi, the Oyo State Congress Chairman, and Teslim Folarin, the current governorship candidate of APC in Oyo State.
The Accord governorship candidate explained that the five-party chieftains conspired against him due to his relationship with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and planned to install Lawan as APC presidential candidate.
Adelabu said that he withdrew from the APC primary election in the state due to a clear departure from the tradition of the party and brazen illegality.
“Let me say categorically that I was robbed of the ticket because of my relationship with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Five Senators conspired to instal Lawan as APC presidential candidate,” he said.
“The five senators are Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, APC National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, APC National Secretary, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi and Sen. Teslim Folarin.
“They installed Folarin knowing full well that I won’t work against the candidature of Tinubu, and anyone who emerges the governorship candidate will be in control of delegates from the state.”
The Accord governorship candidate alleged that there were no APC governorship primaries in the state because it was conducted against the INEC rules.
According to him, the letter and notice given to INEC were that the primary election would take place on Thursday, May 26, at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium.
“At 6 pm that Thursday, the election was postponed, the venue changed, and an additional venue was picked.”
“This is illegal and not in consonance with the dictates of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended. Whoever emerges from the primary of the following day is illegal.”
Adelabu said that he informed Tinubu that he was leaving for the Accord party, saying his relationship with Tinubu transcended politics.
The governorship said that his ouster from the APC had become a blessing to him in disguise, adding Accord was the only alternative for the people of Oyo State.
He said that no fewer than 80 per cent of the APC has joined them already in Accord, while several others have promised to join the party in due course.
Adelabu said that Accord today was enjoying massive support, adding the party has quality candidates vying for the 55 elective positions in the state.