By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Less than two months after joining the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) to contest for a House of Representatives seat, Mr Rotimi Ajanaku, has explained that his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State was as a result of his denial to vie for the seat on the platform of the party, but has now returned to declare support for Mr Bayo Adelabu, the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
He disclosed this on Sunday, during a press conference which took place at his Dino Hotel, Imalefalafia, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
Ajanaku had sought to fly the flag of the APC, to represent Ibadan North West/ South West federal constituency of Oyo State before his defection to ZLP.
He stated that the outcome of the last National Assembly elections showed that his political camp was a formidable force to reckon with in Ibadan Northwest/Southwest Federal Constituency.
“In my press statement when I joined the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), after my unpalatable experience in the All Progressives Congress (APC), as I was denied the House of Representatives ticket, I emphasized that my supporters and loyalists are the determining factor in every political decision I take. I do not always decide without their consent.
“These people were severely embittered and they insisted that I must run on any available platform since there was no provision for independent candidacy.”
Ajanaku recalled that leaving the progressives bloc was a painful decision for him, judging by his investment and unquantifiable contribution since his foray into politics in the late 90s.
He added that the timely and uncommon intervention of Governor Abiola Ajimobi unequivocally fast-tracked the whole process, through his assurances of immediate re-integration of his followers into the party hierarchy and other worthy considerations.
“Having consulted widely with the relevant stakeholders, the party hierarchy, public opinion leaders, supporters, loyalists and well-wishers, including the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, who personally insisted on my coming back, I, Otunba Rotimi Ajanaku hereby succumbed to the public pressure to return to All Progressives Congress (APC).”
Adding that the decision became necessary in order to support the governorship and state assembly candidates of the party and to further brighten their chances at polls on Saturday, March 9, 2019.
He then directed his followers to start mobilising for the APC in their respective wards, stating that all their campaign vehicles, billboards and other promotional materials should wear APC looks.