The leading aspirant and one of the aggrieved governorship aspirants of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, in Oyo State Barr. Sharafadeen Alli, may have concluded his plans to realign with the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),Engr. Seyi Makinde in the next general election.
This is coming few days after the national working committee of the ADC affirmed the candidacy of Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin as its gubernatorial candidate. Ignoring other 12 aspirants within the ADC, dissatisfied with the outcome majority of the aggrieved aspirants are on parley talk with the PDP.
It will be recalled that the 12 other aspirants had gone to court over the nomination of Lanlehin by the party leaders.
In other to make their voice heard and put in place principle of internal democracy in the party,they were said recommend one of them to slug it out with Lanlehin. Dr Nureni Adeniran that was however chosen was unable to fulfill his financial obligations to the party. And the party affirmed Lanlehin.
As it has become clear that the aggrieved aspirants are not likely going to have their way they have opted for a plan B which is joining forces with a party and candidate that has a greater chance and support of the masses to defeat others in the next general election.
Alli, was said to have met billionaire Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate, Engr Seyi Makinde, early last week.
Barr. Alli had left PDP together with former governor Rashidi Ladoja and Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin over alleged dominance by Makinde. This was after Alli, who was former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala’s running mate in the 2015 election, had joined PDP from Labour Party, LP.
However, Makinde is calculative this time around. He was not okay with the aspirants from Oyo South. And that was why he drafted his campaign DG into the race. He knew that some popular gubernatorial aspirants will fall out with their parties.
Talks with Alli has reached top stage. He is already consulting with his people. He would have given his words that day but he said he wanted to carry his people along.
If Alli eventually joins PDP he will be slugging it out with the candidate of the ruling party in the state and incumbent governor Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, Sen Adesoji Akanbi of ADC at Oyo south senatorial district.
Meanwhile, Alli has refuted the defection story. In a statement by one of his aides who said he remains a member of the ADC.