Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 election, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu, lost the election due to unresolved crisis within the party.
Adelabu lost the election to Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
A three-time commissioner and executive assistant on political matters to late former governor Abiola Ajimobi, Dr Morohunkola Thomas, has revealed.
Thomas, who is still believed to be a chieftain of the opposition APC, in the state, made this known in an interview on Fresh FM, a privately owned radio station in Ibadan, on Saturday.
According to Thomas, whose comment that Makinde still enjoys masses’ support despite crisis in Ibarapaland is generating reactions and counter reactions, the result of a study commissioned by late Ajimobi had shown that APC was going to have a bad outing in the election.
“After the emergence of Bayo Adelabu as the governorship candidate, there was no genuine reconciliation, particularly with the aggrieved governorship aspirants.
“They were resolving some of the issues on the campaign ground. Some people did not openly complain, but fought against the party and its candidate underground.
“Adelabu himself was constrained. They were telling him who to relate with and who not to relate with. I pity him for the all the money and the energy he spent. I remember he was going to visit a prominent traditional ruler in the state and was almost at the palace before he was called and asked to abort the trip. APC lost the election right from within the APC,” he said.