A faction of the Accord Party in Oyo State, popularly known as Accord Rescue group, has urged its members to shun inducements to defect to another party.
The decision was made at a meeting held in Ibadan which had in attendance members from Ogbomoso, Oyo, Oke-Ogun, Ibarapa and Ibadan.
Chairman of the faction, Dauda Lawal, told our correspondent on Sunday that the leadership of the faction would soon make an announcement that would highlight the political future of the group.
He said, “Because of the group’s electoral value, political parties have been making overtures but we will take a politically correct decision at the right time.”
However, the order came after one of the major pillars of the party, Rauf Olaniyan, led hundreds of his supporters to join the All Progressives Congress in the state. The move, according to some members, appeared to weaken the party structure because Olaniyan was said to be one of the party’s financiers before the split.
The national leader of the party, Rashidi Ladoja, leads the other faction of the party.
Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Moses Alake, who welcomed Olaniyan and his supporters to the party in Igboho, described the new APC members as a major boost for the party, saying Olaniyan’s coming would improve APC’s chances of another victory in the coming elections.
He said the party acknowledged the political value of Olaniyan and his supporters in Orelope and other areas of the state, saying the move by Olaniyan and his supporters confirmed the sincerity and popularity of the APC-led government in the state in delivering democratic dividends.
Olaniyan said he was impressed by the reception he received from the APC leadership in the state, adding that the necessity for him to locate a platform where he could contribute to the development of the state and Nigeria was responsible for his decision to defect to the APC with his supporters.
Asked if he had any misunderstanding with Ladoja or the leadership of the AP in the state before dumping the party, Olaniyan said he would continue to maintain a cordial relationship with the AP leaders in the state despite leaving the party. He also said he would rather be silent on the split in the AP since he had moved on to another party.
“We should regard ourselves as partners in the wheel of progress. I contributed immensely to the growth of the AP and I am ready to play my role in the APC. All my friends in the AP will remain in my good books,” he said.