The Oyo State chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), on Thursday warned Governor Seyi Makinde to be wary of “sycophants milling around in the name of ADC to get appointments to satisfy their political desire.”
In a statement signed by the State Secretary and Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Wasiu Emiola and Mr Bimpe Adelowo respectively, the party said the purported communiqué of the expanded state executive meeting of the party did not emanate from it and does not reflect the deliberations at the meeting.
The party rejected the communiqué in its entirety , saying such “group of drowning political scavengers” is only out to curry favour from the governor.
The statement said ADC’s participation in the coalition government led by Makinde had not in any way rendered the party a surrogate to another party, adding that contrary to the claim in the communiqué by the group, ADC had been holding its meetings with a view to repositioning it for future elections.
“There was nowhere the state executive has ever misrepresented the position of ADC by saying we are looking for alternative to Governor Makinde. Our interest as a party is primarily about the serving the people of the state for their maximum benefit.
“This is one reason ADC is participating in the coalition government and we are in full support of every good programme initiated and implemented by Governor Makinde.
“However, we want to state that participating in the coalition government has not rendered ADC a surrogate to another party. We must, therefore, organise and rebuild our party make it viable and formidable to contribute meaningfully to the coalition government for the benefit of the people.
“We are not unaware of the fact that not every member of the coalition parties will be appointed for one position or another. But instead of putting Governor Makinde under pressure to accommodate every member, we would rather structure ADC to help the coalition government succeed.
“The era of the structure and organs of the party being controlled from the room corner of elders or leaders has gone for good. Leaders and elders are members of the party and are our invaluable assets. It is therefore important for our members to imbibe the principle of party supremacy,”the statement said.
While commending Makinde for the strides recorded in key sectors of the state by his administration, the party urged him to be wary of “sycophants who are out for political appointments for their insatiable appetite.”