The governorship candidate of the Accord Party in Oyo State Chief Adebayo Adelabu has said the All Progressives Congress for the Accord Party(APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, remains his political father and mentor despite dumping the APC.

Adelabu, an ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) was the 2019 flag bearer of the APC in Oyo state but recently defected to the Accord Party.

He however said he won’t step down for any candidate in the forthcoming general elections.

He spoke while hosting former Council Vice Chairmen, Secretaries, Chiefs of Staff and supervisory councillors in the State at a meeting in Ibadan.

Noting that he informed the Tinubu of his planned defection before it happened, Adelabu said the it was all lies that the APC National leader had called him to return to the APC fold.

According to him: “It’s a blatant lie that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu called me to return to the All Progressives Congress. He’s my political father and mentor but he won’t give such order. He’s fully aware of my defection to Accord and believed my reasons for the defection are justifiable.”

The Agba Akin Parakoyi of Ibadanland, while dismissing the Oyo APC reconciliation efforts, alleged: “Prior to the elections, the delegate list had been compromised across board. Secondly, Oyo APC gubernatorial primaries was shifted to the next day contrary to INEC guidelines and two venues were highlighted to conduct the elections.”

Adelabu said he had been the major financier of Oyo APC since 2019, stating: “My interest in politics is to deliver good governance through people oriented policies that would drive the economy of the state to enviable heights. This is our vision for Oyo State.”

The meetings attracted chieftains of Accord, Alh Wale Sanusi, Hon. Gbenga Olayemi Ariba, Hon. Abass Alesinloye, Hon. Omiyale Bimbo, Hon. Fagunwa Kayode, Hon. Bimbo Adepoju, Hon. Kola Olabiyi, Hon. Salawu Fatai Adeshina, Hon. Sodiq Akeem Akintunde, Alh Yinka Ayantola, Hon. Taiwo Ige, Engr. Femi Alao, Hon. Ademola Adewuyi, Hon Ogundele among others.