By Henry Odeh
Politicians in Oyo state have berated Chief Bayo Adelabu ‘penkelemes’ for taking the perceived bitterness of his 2019 governorship election loss personal with Governor Seyi Makinde by refusing to condole with either the governor or his family over the loss of their mother who just passed on at an advanced age of 80.
The shocking death of Mrs Abigail Makinde, mother of the executive governor of Oyo state on 15th October, 2020 seemed to be a fence mender among political gladiators in the state as condolence messages kept dominating the news from across all political divides.
Sunrisebulletin.com recalls that opposition parties in the state including the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political bigwigs have put aside all political differences to condole the governor and his family over the sad incident.
Some of the political gladiators in the state who have sent messages to commiserate with the governor’s family include 2019 guber candidate of Action Democratic Congress (ADC), Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, APC Senator representing Oyo south senatorial district, Senator Teslim Folarin, 2019 APC governorship aspirant, Engr Olasunkanmi Tegbe, former Oyo SSG and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) 2019 guber candidate, Barr Sarafadeen Alli, former Oyo state governor and the leader of Oyo ZLP, Chief Senator Ladoja and other notable political giants in the opposition.
Some of the politicians believed to be members of the ruling party (PDP) but preferred to speak on condition of anonymity described Adelabu’s refusal to commiserate with Makinde as ‘political bitterness taking too far’.
They noted that governor Makinde had consistently referred to his political critics and opponents, particularly chief Adelabu as ‘brothers’, wondering why the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deputy governor would refuse to reach out to his fellow Ibadan man in such critical time of bereavement.
A key member of the Oyo state chapter of PDP told sunrisebulletin.com that the APC chieftain, Chief Adelabu was yet to come to term with his 2019 election defeat to Makinde, adding that politics is a game that must provide a winner and a loser at every given contest.
The PDP loyalist averred that two contestants can not win an election at a time therefore, Adelabu should improve on his political scheming skills and as well move on without bitterness in the spirit of sportsmanship.
Others who also spoke with sunrisebulletin.com affirmed that Makinde duly paid his political dues before his efforts were crowned with the 2019 victory making the incumbent governor more on ground in Oyo state politics as well as being more experienced and politically acquainted with grassroots politicking.
They however, urged the APC chieftain not to send wrong signals to political watchers and the people of the state with the perceived acrimony held against the governor which some have described as “politics of bitterness”.
As at press time, Chief Adelabu was yet to be seen to have reached out to neither the governor nor any member of his family to commiserate with them over the demise of their mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.