By David Ajibade
The defeated governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Adelabu has been advised to situate his loss to “aloofness and arrogant conduct of his ill-fated campaign” rather than blaming anyone.
A group, Ibadan Progressive Mandate, IPM, reacting to a report credited to the APC candidate in a popular online medium – SaharaReporters stated this in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Ladele Jinadu on Tuesday.
In the report, the defeated APC governorship candidate allegedly accused the camp of a former frontline aspirant, Engr. Joseph Tegbe of working against him while the contest lasted.
The IPM however advised that Adelabu should place his failed ambition in the right perspective, saying the real reason behind his thrashing was his aloofness to party, it’s leaders, former contesters and arrogance.
“Why should Chief Adebayo Adelabu blame anyone for his defeat, not even Chief Joseph Tegbe who willingly withdrew from the race for him? That is unfair.
“Only the blind would deny that despite not being consulted, Tegbe mobilised his resources and team to work for the party and all APC candidates from the governorship to members of the House of Assembly always describing his support to the interest of the party his love for the APC,” Jinadu queried.
He said that Adelabu had the opportunity to win if he had built a very inclusive campaign.
“However, immediately after succeeding at the primary, Adelabu started carrying himself like the governor in-waiting against repeated counsel to build consensus to reach out to the electorate,” the statement read.
“We counsel Chief Adebayo Adelabu to call his men to order, knowing that he would he held responsible should anything sinister happens to Tegbe or anyone among his team leaders.
“Elections are not do or die affair and the people of Oyo State have spoken.
“If Chief Adelabu believes he still stands a chance to offer service to the state in the future, all hopes are not lost. All he needs to do is shed himself off arrogance and connect genuinely with the people, not this blame game,” the group said.