Cracks In Makinde’s Political Coalition In Oyo


By Adesina Wahab

Barely a month of assuming office, there appears a deep crack in the political coalition that brought Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, into office.

The crack, which has stalled the appointment of some key members of the administration by the governor, came to fore at the weekend as Mr Sharafadeen Alli, shunned the inauguration of the Governor’s Advisory Council by Makinde.

The council has Senator Hosea Agboola as the chairman and it included other top shots in the coalition of parties that ensured victory for Makinde in the last general elections.

Alli, who was a Secretary to the State Government under former Governor Rashidi Ladoja, is still being positioned for the same post by Ladoja under Makinde.

However, other members of the coalition, such as Senator Femi Lanlehin of the Action Democratic Congress are opposed to Alli’s nomination.

Apart from Ladoja’s Zenith Labour Party, the ADC, other smaller parties also teamed up with Makinde’s Peoples Democratic Party to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.

Going by the contributions and strength of each party, a sharing agreement was entered into concerning political posts and offices.

Makinde and the PDP are to get 50 percent, ADC 35 percent, ZLP 10 percent and other parties five percent.

Though Alli tried to explain away his absence from the inauguration ceremony, it was gathered that he stayed away so as not to lend credence to the council.

It was learnt that in the absence of an SSG and a cabinet, the council will fill the gap.

Other members of the council are Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, Hon. Kamilu Akinlabi, Barr. Bolaji Ayorinde, Chief Jacob Adetoro, Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande, Prince Samson Laoye, Prof. Kolapo Hamzat, and Mr. Joseph Olaitan.