Tue. Apr 20th, 2021


Almost three years after he left the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the African Democratic Congress (ADC), son of the late Ex-Governor of Oyo state, Hon. Adedapo Lam-Adesina has rejoined the party.

The defection, which was done amid jubilations by supporters at the Felele home of late Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, former governor of Oyo State, came weeks after leaders of the APC visited him.

It would be recalled that the youthful politician, together with other aggrieved members of the party, grouping under Unity Forum, defected to ADC in June, 2018 owing to what was described as “irreconcilable leadership tussle” within the party.

Speaking at the enlarged meeting with supporters, Lam-Adesina, who represented Ibadan North East/South East federal constituency between 2015 and 2019, said he needed to rejoin the party as a form of respect to party leaders and elders who had persuaded him to rejoin the progressive fold.

Adding that he had tabled his grievances to those who visited him and others who had promised to address it, the 42-year old politician said he was happy to be back home after what he called a ‘loan deal’ to ADC. This was just as he thanked the leadership for making the platform available when it was needed.

“I am happy to be back to APC. For me, it is a great homecoming. Like I have said, I have told our leaders who spoke to me let us address our problems once and for all.

“Sometimes one should be careful when elders are talking to you. The whole thing started when the elders started coming to my house, it became so embarrassing and as a young person who knows and appreciate the essence of elders.

“And if an issue gets to the extent of elders coming to plead with you in your house, then someone has to take it easy.

“And they have assured us that some of the things that we were aggrieved about would be resolved. I believed that they will keep to their words. But more importantly, I was brought up by a father who knows the essence of elders.

“Normally they should have abandoned me and say since my father is no more alive, and if people realised that they have made mistakes and they started coming to my house, who am I? So, it is reasonable for me to start looking towards the things that they are saying.

“The job for us is now to start visiting a few of our supporters who are still aggrieved with what happened that made us leave. Although, over 95 percent of our supporters agreed to the return, we will still go after the remaining few because we have always been together through thick and thin.

“It actually became embarrassing when elders who are old enough to father you start coming to your house to plead with you on the same issues, matter and topic and I’m sure if people still hears that I am adamant, they will begin to say why I am proving so difficult and arrogant.

“So, it takes a bit of wisdom to realize that at that point, if people have started thinking in line of what you are capable of doing and they start coming to you, as a young man, you should be wise.

“Resolution of conflict is always good. It’s always the best in the world. This is what they should have done before now, but let’s says it’s the best time with God.”

When asked if he trusted the words of those who have been persuading him to return, Lam-Adesina said, “you can’t trust any politician with promises and that is why I have always avoided making promises that I won’t be able to fulfill.

“So we only hope that they keep to their words and if they don’t, there is what they call the law of karma. I’m always afraid and mindful of it. And that is why as hard as possible I try not to make promises that I can’t fulfill. But the truth of the matter is that, they have honored us, we have honored them back and so we are hoping that that they will honor their words so that the relationship will blossom. That is the beauty of life.”

He denied been enticed by any offer to facilitate his return adding that he was grateful to the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for providing the platform when it was needed.

On hand to receive the son of the late Progressive leader back into the fold were party chieftains, Alhaji Audu Marafa, Kayode Adanla, former majority leader of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Kehinde Subar, Shina Alabi, Ex-Chairman, Ibadan South East local government, Akeem Olatunji, Biodun Adeyemo, Ex- Commissioner, Lowo Obisesan.

The APC acting secretary, Mojeed Olaoya led the delegation that re-registered the former House of Representatives member and his supporters.

(THE NATION)

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