National Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa yesterday explained that the newly registered Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) was not an off-shoot of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s political dynasty.
Akinfenwa, who represented Osun East senatorial district at the Senate between 1999 and 2003, made this known at a political event in Iwo, Osun State, where a governorship aspirant of AD, Senator Sunday Fajinmi, declared his ambition to contest the August 9 governorship elections in the state.
The former senator noted that AD, which is the party of late Awolowo, is still alive and warned people of South-West to be wary of those who want to ride on the popularity of the late sage to gain pecuniary benefits.
“AD has a root from Awolowo’s political dynasty. Action Group gave birth to Unity Party of Nigeria which gave birth to AD. We still remain in AD and we have nothing to do with the newly registered UNP”, Akinfenwa said.
Also speaking, the AD governorship aspirant said the party is being repositioned to reclaim its lost glory in the South-West and regain power in the region.
Fajinmi, who was also a senator from Osun State, representing Osun West Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003, lamented that the current interim national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, who contested for and won the governorship position of Osun on the platform of AD in 1999, was among those who sold the party to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo led-Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration in 2003.