According to report reaching oyogist.com, former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Kamil Akinlabi, has said that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has compensated all gubernatorial candidates who stepped down for him in 2019.
Recall that gubernatorial candidates of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Olufemi Lanlehin, Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, and Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, jettisoned their ambitions to support Makinde in 2019.
The coalition was facilitated by former Governor of the State, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja a few days to the gubernatorial election.
But the gubernatorial candidates among whom are Lanlehin and Alli have accused the governor of abandoning them.
They alleged that the governor is not working in line with the coalition agreement.
Lanlehin and Alli specifically alleged that Makinde has sidelined them.
Akinlabi has however said that all the candidates who stepped down for Makinde have been duly compensated.
He noted that contrary to Lanlehin and Alli’s claims, all the candidates have been compensated one way or the other.
Akinlabi who is the Executive Chairman of Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSRMA), insisted that the Governor did not jettison the coalition agreement, contrary to insinuations.
Akinlabi spoke during the Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) maiden monthly guest forum tagged ‘Frank Talk Platform’ on Friday.
He explained that the candidates and the parties that were part of the coalition have been compensated.
Akinlabi said, “Every gubernatorial candidate that stepped down for Makinde has been compensated one way or the other.
“You should know that they are happy, I may not be able to tell you the way they have been compensated. I cannot tell you in specific terms. But, they have been compensated.
“Makinde never jettisoned the coalition agreement. There cannot be two masters in a ship.
“He has given appointments to those in ADC, Zenith Labour Party and SDP.
“I am also part of the coalition, I am ADP member. ADP has been compensated.”