Oyo state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun on Saturday alleged that the May 12th 2018 local government election in the state was a nullity from the beginning as all the candidates of All Progressive Congress (APC) never obtained forms to contest.
The Commissioner also alleged that there were no documents in the custody of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) containing the fact that any form was purchased by the candidates of the erstwhile ruling party in the State, while the interested candidates from the opposition parties were barred from doing so till the election took place.
“It was clear from the beginning that the exercise was a charade, they just went ahead to waste the State’s resources, none of the APC candidates obtained form while the opposition were not allowed to obtain as well, this is part of why they have no moral and judicial stands to argue their case.
“We were all aware of the outcry from their own party chieftains like the former Minister of Communication, Barrister Bayo Shittu, the Accord Party and Socialist Party of Nigeria among others against the activities that came before the election and the election itself.
“People are not fools, they know what was going on and you know that throughout their illegal stay in office, the people in their different domains never gave them support, that is the sign that they were forced on the system and that would not be for long.”
Olatunbosun, who featured on a private radio station in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital further assured that the present administration has been putting in the right process to conduct the local government election without delaying like the last administration which conducted the election at the twilight of its tenure in office.
The Commissioner hinted that although no date has been set for the election, the institution of members of the OYSIEC board indicated that work was ongoing to present a date and process that would have the input of all stakeholders in the political process in the State, especially the opposition parties.
Olatubosun assured the people of the state of the readiness of the Seyi Makinde-led administration to probe the past administration.
According to him, there were documents in possession of the State which the State anti-graft body would work on to unearth many alleged shoddy deals made by the last administration which had what he called colossal effect on the finances of the State.
“Whenever the anti-graft body commences work and documents that show monumental fraudulent practices by the last administration is presented to them for investigation, the people of this State will be confounded, some people have used the resources that belonged to the vast majority of Oyo State people to promote personal glory and interests”, the Commissioner declared.
Olatunbosun stressed that the State’s free education policy was as a result of the promises made during the campaign period by Governor Makinde and the realization that Oyo State was among the eight States declared by Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) that had the highest number of Out-of-school children in the country, stating that free education and distribution of free textbooks, payment of grants and other inputs have reduced the number of children out of school in the State.
He said the administration would not back out of the programme despite opposition from some quarters calling for reintroduction of the N1000 levy for students in public schools.
Oyo: Why I am happy I didn’t win 2019 election – Adelabu gives reason
Oyo state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) In the 2019 election, Chief Adebayo Adelabu on Thursday said he was grateful that he did not win the 2019 election, adding that he would be a better governor in 2023.
Justifying his statement, Adelabu, who spoke during a media parley and lunch with journalists in Ibadan, the state capital stressed that losing the election has afforded him opportunity of knowing more about how progressives in the state operate.
According to the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), unlike before, he has warmed himself into the heart of the grassroots and members of his APC.
Commenting on the present administration’s performance, he said almost two years after Governor Seyi Makinde was inaugurated, nothing concrete could be pointed to as achievement of PDP-led government.
He said, “Everything this administration promised the people of the state is still on their wish list 16 months after coming on board. With the caliber of people that have returned to APC, no party can stand the way of our party.
“No state needs a governor before salary is paid. When salary is paid through statutory allocations and it goes straight to the Accountant General, they take it to the bank and they pay. Why must that be the major achievement of any governor?
“And when you embark too much on populist programmes, which, in most cases, are not always giving the state sustainable development, it is more about immediate consumption.
“Populist programmes are short-lived. Within a short period, people will know that this man doesn’t really have so much to offer in terms of sustainable infrastructural development.
“It is going to two years now, can you point at one or two major projects that this government has completed? Everything is still on their wish list and if wishes were horses, beggars would ride,” he concluded.
Oyo: Adepoju dumps ZLP for PDP, describes Makinde’s achievements as unprecedented
Former House of Representative candidate under the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in 2019 general election in Oyo State, Dr. Adebayo Anthony Adepoju has dumped the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing the achievements of Governor Seyi Makinde as unprecedented
Adepoju, who is currently the Executive Chairman, Water Cooperation of Oyo State, together with other decampees joined PDP on Wednesday in Igboora, the headquarters of Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North Federal constituency.
According to him, looking at all the achievements of governor Seyi Makinde since his assumption of office, someone will want to joined the success to further take the state to its glorious destination
“Am happy for today’s event because we have in attendance people of great minds in the whole of Ibarapa land who have decided to come together to work for the progress of Oyo State so as to take the state to a greater heights
While answering question on what makes him to dumped his former party and joined PDP, Adepoju noted that the uniqueness of PDP makes it different from other party, saying that what the current administration in the state led by governor Seyi Makinde is doing is worthy to be emulated
“Governor Makinde has tried in all sector since his inception as the governor of the state, and this are what makes other states across the federation to be following the foot step of the governor.
In his remarks, the speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Debo Ogundoyin described Dr. Adepoju as an exemplary son of Ibarapa land who has been contributing his quota for the development of the state, saying that PDP in the state is ready to meet the yarnings of the people in the state
Ogundoyin however appreciated the support giving to PDP by the people of Ibarapa, calling on them to give necessary support to the reconciliation committee currently going on in the party so that it can yield a meaningful result
Meanwhile,the chiarman of the Oyo South Senatorial District, Sir Samuel Olawuwo said that the PDP government is ready to address all the needs of the people, saying that “We need to unite so that enemy will not divided us, all the party leaders are already in talks with the aggrieved party members so as to beings them into one folds, let us all be in love to move this great party to a greater height
Dignitaries at the event include: the representative of the Oyo State governor, Mr Seye Makinde, Commissioner for Youth and Sport in Oyo State, Hon. Seun Fakorede, Commissioner for Special Duty, Hon. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, Special Adviser to governor Makinde on disabilities, Barr. Adekanbi, Hon. James Olukunle, Sir, Samuel Olawiwo, and Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi among others.
‘My loyalty remains with Makinde, PDP’ – Ex- Oyo deputy speaker declares
A former Deputy Speaker and the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, Rt Hon (Dr) Musah Abdulwasi on Tuesday declared that his loyalty remains with the Governor Seyi Makinde and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Abdulwasi said this while answering questions from journalists in Ibadan, the state capital, concerning the returning of some Unity Forum members to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, some leaders and members of the Unity Forum had returned to the APC recently.
But the Saki-born politician said he had since joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde, adding that his people in Saki West local government have been attending the PDP’s meetings and other events.
Abdulwasi who contested to be a member of the House of Representatives for Saki West, Saki East and Atisbo federal constituency under the platform of the ADC said he’s no more a member of the ADC and he has picked a membership card of the PDP in the state.
“Thank you very much for that question. My loyalty remains with our Governor, His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde. My people in Saki West have been attending the People’s Democratic Party meetings and other events.
“I’m no more a member of the ADC, I don’t know who are those that returned to the All Progressives Congress, APC as you asked. I have nothing to do with the ADC.
“I have picked up my PDP membership card. You know what that means? Engineer Seyi Makinde is my leader and the leader of my people. I’m committed to the success of this administration”, he submitted.
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