The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi said several of those who left the party had regretted their decision and recently approached him to beg Ajimobi to be allowed to return to the APC, but he told them that their appeal was coming late.
The revered monarch stated this on Tuesday at an event organised by the Oyo state government, held at Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan, to celebrate this year’s Maulid Nabiyy (celebration of Holy Prophet Muhammad’s birth).
During the time of the party’s crisis, Oba Adeyemi said he appealed to the aggrieved former party members to be patient but they never heeded.
“Let us stand by the truth. Many of those who left the party came to me and I told them to be patient but they never heeded to the appeal. They are now regretting their action. They have now come to ask me to beg Ajimobi on their behalf but I told them that it is now late. It is difficult for those who benefitted from government and have turned their back on Ajimobi to mean good if they are allowed to return,” Oba Adeyemi said.
In this light, Oba Adeyemi and Bello have urged residents of the state to support the emergence of governorship candidate of the APC, Mr Adebayo Adelabu as governor so as to sustain Ajimobi’s strides in governance.
The event had in attendance, Ajimobi and his wife, Florence; wife of state deputy governor, Mrs Janet Adeyemo; Justice Abass Moshood who represented the state Chief Judge, Munta Abimbola; Agbaakin Olubadan, Chief Lekan Alabi who represented the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji; Oba Lekan Balogun; Chief Imam of Ibadan land, Sheik Abdul-Ganiyy Abubakar; governorship candidate of the APC in the state, Mr Adebayo Adelabu among others.