Reports have it that Senator Soji Akanbi, who lost his ticket in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Governor Abiola Ajimobi and then his National Assembly seat to Dr. Kola Balogun in the February 23 election, has fully returned to the APC ahead of the governorship election.
He has already started work and has succesfully facilitatedan alliance between the Accord Party and the APC in order to ensure victory for Adebayo Adelabu on March 9.
Akanbi’s return to APC resulted from a high powered meeting with the Vice President, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other APC stalwarts after the presidential and National Assembly elections which Akanbi contested on the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC)
Meanwhile, the Accord Party have confirmed their alliance with the APC.
Over 350 members, party leaders and representatives of the Accord Party from all 33 local government areas of Oyo State converged on the Mauve 21 Event Centre in Ring Road Ibadan on Tuesday, March 5 to finalise their terms of support for the ruling party.
Senator Akanbi, at the meeting, told the Accord members that his return to help the APC’s recovery process was hinged on recent reconciliation efforts of the APC national leaders.
He lauded the virtues of President Muhammadu Buhari and emphasised the need to ensure Oyo state aligns with the ruling party to further bring development to the state.
“We are here to cement a relationship that will bring massive development to the state because the ruling party leadership, has a mandate to win in Oyo State. We recognise that we only can win together, and that is why we are calling on fellow progressive minded people to join the winning side. I enjoin you all to align with the APC to win the gubernatorial elections in the state and ensure progressive change in the interest of the masses”.
The chairman of the Accord in Oyo State, Engr. Muda Ogunsola, lauded Senator Akanbi for placing the masses’ interest first.
He explained that his party’s decision to support the APC in Saturday’s governorship election has been well accepted by all stakeholders in the party and that the national hierarchy of the party had granted the go ahead for the state chapter to assist the APC to realise its mandate in the governorship elections.
Engineer Muda Ogunsola, while addressing the Accord Party delegates, said, “I am particularly happy that Senator Soji Akanbi facilitated this alliance which we have graciously accepted, in the interest of the progress of the state. We, as a party, realize that his interests are selfless, whilst ensuring that his party claims the state at governorship level. To this end, we can assure Senator Akanbi, the APC and the governorship candidate of their party, that he has our support on Saturday”.