A coalition of political groups in Oyo State has accused Governor Seyi Makinde of planning to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The coalition, which consists of Oyo Solidarity Front (OSF), Oyo Progressives Resolute (OPR) and Oyo Sustainable Development Movement (OSDM), made the accusation in a communique made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.
The communique was signed by Johnson Olooto, Shina Alubankudi, Waheed Olanrewaju, Sunday Olododo, Ibrahim Arikewusola and Daud Arapaja, the chairmen and secretaries of the groups respectively.
The coalition said the governor’s attempts would be resisted by all concerned parties in Oyo APC.
“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,” the group said.
“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 party leadership to a state policy.”
They noted in the communique that the governor could not be trusted because he betrayed all those who worked for him to emerge as governor.
“Was it not the same Gov. Makinde that said there was Corona Virus in APC at one of his party’s rallies? Was he not the same governor who harassed members of the progressives in the State and has continued to do so?
“So why does he think it is the same party that should offer him a soft landing?”
The coalition said that anyone who cannot be trusted would find it difficult to get a berth in APC.
They accused Mr Makinde of abandoning political structures and leaders who helped him into power.
“All the people that helped him to power are no longer with him. Former Gov. 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. He would be an albatross on the neck of APC in Oyo State and we will resist his attempt at joining our party”.