The crisis rocking the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo state on Monday took a other dimension as the all the candidates contesting for House of Assembly and the gubernatorial election in the state dissociated themselves from the alliance with both leading political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
This disclosure was made in a communique read by one of the House of Assembly candidates, Ayodeji Babalola representing Ibadan south east constituency 2 at a press conference after a meeting held at Obi/Datti Campaign office, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
The communique, which was read by Babalola was signed by other candidates including Mr. Ayodeji Babalola, Candidate, Ibadan South-East Constituency 2; Mr. Kayode Adejumo-Bello, Candidate, Ibadan North Constituency 2; Mr. Temidayo Taiwo, Candidate, Ibadan South-West Constituency 2; Mrs. Oluwatoyin Okunlola, Candidate Oluyole Constituency and Mr. Sumonu Musa, Candidate Ibadan North-East Constituency 2.
According to the communique, “Our attention has been drawn to a news item making the rounds in both the traditional and social media, on the declaration of support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) by some minority factions of the leadership of Labour Party in Oyo State towards the forthcoming Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in the State, an action that was taken unilaterally and in pursuit of personal agenda and aggrandisement.
“The movement and all candidates hereby totally dissociate itself from the selfish stand of those negligible and greedy elements. The entire public is hereby put on notice to beware of this desperate move.
We like to put on record that, the Obi-dient Movement is an Assemblage of over one hundred and twenty (120) Support Groups who are attracted to politics (as it were) by their interest in the aspiration of H.E Peter Obi to become the President of this great country, hence the acronym: Obi-dient.
“Therefore, majority of us are card carrying members of Labour Party (LP) and at the same time very staunch members of the Obi-dient Movement. This same support for our master is unequivocally extended to all candidates of the party nationwide and in Oyo state particularly.
“In the light of the declaration, it therefore becomes incumbent on us to come out clearly to declare our stand on the declaration of these factions of leaders within the Labour Party in Oyo State.
“All Obi-dient members are hereby urged to remain calm, maintain status quo ante bellum, while we go out enmasse of Saturday to massively vote for all our state assembly candidates and our gubernatorial candidate, Taofiq Tayo Akinwale”.