The Oyo state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed its dismay over a press statement credited to one of the opposition parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for condemning a move by the state government under the leadership of governor Seyi Makinde to borrow the sum of twenty billion naira (20 000 000 000) from a commercial bank in Nigeria to improve on critical sectors of the state and provide for economic relief.
The ruling party in a press statement signed by its state publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, on Wednesday, said that the condemnation by Oyo APC in the face of harsh and unpleasant economic realities was not only embarrassing and shameful, but also shows the height of deceit from a political party that has lost its connection with present economic realities as a result of its blindness by sheer desperation to pull down Makinde’s government by all means.
According to the statement, PDP wondered why the opposition applauded the federal government under its administration for embarking on series of unaccountable loans including a recent N850 billion which the national assembly hurriedly approved and running Nigeria’s economy on deficit and condemned Makinde’s similar move to cushion the state economy stressing that Oyo APC was playing politics at the detriment of the people.
The ruling party further stated that such statements credited to the opposition party was an attestation to its political naivety which further exposed its ignorance of simple management of the state economy in time of economic crisis stressing that it was such level of ignorance that led to Ajimobi/APC government plunging the state into a whooping debt burden of over one hundred and fifty billion naira (150 000 000 000) the state’s highest debt profile since Oyo state was created with nothing to show for it.
The party noted that what became very disturbing was the fact that the over N150 billion naira debt inherited by present administration from APC government happened when Oyo state received the highest federal allocation in history when crude oil was selling on the average price of between $140 and $45 per barrel unlike now when crude oil price is at all time fall of around $25 to $22 per barrel.
The ruling party stressed that the 20 billion naira loan approval sought by the state government from the state assembly was specifically for development of critical infrastructure that will boost economic relief since the whole world is currently bearing the brunts of COVID-19 pandemic that has already grounded most economies to a halt including Oyo state which is suffering great loss of internally generated revenue to the pandemic.
Engr Olatunji, in the statement reiterated that APC in Oyo state was merely playing what was described as ‘notice me’ politics stressing that the opposition party in Oyo state was already dead in the state after 2019 guber election adding that the few remnants with no political value and nothing to offer the state were merely surviving on federal presence stressing that if the opposition was truly alive it would have condemned the federal government in strongest term under its party’s administration for diverting the supposed school feeding program to an unrealistic home feeding program when the FG could not even help Nigerians it placed under lockdown with relief cash transfer to ameliorate the unspeakable hardship they are being subjected to.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a press statement credited to Oyo state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), where the opposition party in its usual smear campaign condemned a strategic and laudable move by the state government under governor Seyi Makinde for seeking the approval of the state house of assembly to access a 20 000 000 000 (twenty billion naira) loan with the aim of investing it in the state critical infrastructure and provide economic relief to safeguard our dear state from a worst economic implication arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Where was Oyo APC when federal government under its watch claimed not less than N7.2 billion was disbursed to Nigerians without any iota of proof, where was APC when Mr President sought and got the approval of the national assembly for the loan of N850 billion, why was APC silent on explaining the over N150 billion its administration bequeathed to the present government, where is APC when just yesterday (Wednesday May 20th) the FG declared another release of N623 Million for purchase of computers?
“We find the statement by any opposition extremely appalling, embarrassing, shameful and should be condemned by all economically sound minded persons because such statement only shows the height of deceit, hypocrisy, and deliberate attempt to frustrate government’s efforts towards keeping the state on the path of post COVID-19 economic recovery.
“It was on record that when the request for the said N20b loan was read on the floor of the house during the last plenary by the state assembly that is comprising of lawmakers representing different political parties, no objection was raised to decline such move that was described by the house as very important and timely.
“It was very commendable to note that the 9th Oyo assembly has continued to show apolitical judgement by always putting the state first ahead of partisan or personal interests leading to the approval of the executives request.
“We want to make it abundantly clear to the APC in the state to stop embarrassing the good people of our dear state before the world with the level of ignorance it has continued to show towards management of the state economy particularly during this present time of unfriendly economic reality arising from a global pandemic.
“The least APC in Oyo state could have done in a time like this if it was still alive to its duty was to save us the embarrassment and wait for implementation before passing any judgment or make remarks if necessary.
“We are not perturbed by the Oyo APC’s unabated penchant for attacking governor Makinde, even when the governor recovered from the dreaded corona virus infection, their desperation to pull him down by all means couldn’t keep them from attacking the governor for telling his people how he survived the disease and what measures were taken during his treatment as a means of educating the public.
“We are of the conclusion that attacking Makinde and his government has become an antidote for Oyo APC’s political misfortune but we urge them to play opposition with at least little sense of empathy for the people they desperately wish to govern again, and we insist that APC government in the last eight years be duly probed in order to ensure accountability as well as set the records straight on how APC led government managed to plunge the state into an all time record of over N150 billion debt inherited by the present administration”.
Oyo: ‘Wolekanle’ finally breaks silence, dumps APC for PDP
The immediate past Secretary of Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo State, Mr. Akinwale Akinwole has finally confirmed his readiness to dump the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state.
This cleared the rumours going round the state about his stance to defect to the Peoples Democratic party (PDP).
Akinwole who is the Proprietor of Ogbomoso United Football Club, while confirming the development on Wednessday said,” Yes, ‘I am leaving APC for PDP very soon, saying the formal declaration will come up in Ogbomoso, his hometown.
He informed that his decision to defect to the PDP in spite of the tremendous roles he has actively and conspicuously played during the 2019 election for the then ruling party was borne out of Governor Seyi Makinde’s performance.
According to him, “Governor Seyi Makinde’s performance and magic touch turning Oyo State to cynosure of all eyes within the little stint of times, is a motivating factor, his plethora of achievements and quality style of governance is another sterling guality that really spurred him, saying those things are the genuine reasons why he made up his mind to join his party with a view to complementing his efforts in making Oyo state a better place worthy of living for both the people of Oyo state and the people across the federation.
Wolekanle as he is fondly called appreciated the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the the little opportunity bestowed on him to serve the party meritoriously and without any form of deformityg during his brief stint.
He therefore enjoined those left behind in the party not waste time in joining Governor Makinde in his effort towards taking the state to the promised Land.
Asked if he is being pushed by his House of Representatives’ ambition in 2023 general election, Wolekanle said, ” though he has ambition to contribute his quotas to the development of Ogbomoso in general, saying that the decision was taken after a due consultations across the board and popular demand by his teeming followers to move into PDP
” My interest is to serve my people people with the utmost interest in moving my country home cum Oyo State to the expected height, our people deseves better representation and because Governor Seyi Makinde is doing actively and positively well, if l am priviledged to serve, l will definitely add value to his records of achievement and thus complement his efforts in taking Oyo state to a greater to the Eldorado.
“Before l venture into the mainstream of Nigerian politics l have been assisting both the privileged and the less–priviledged people in my own little way, saying that he is strongly believed that if he is involved in politics, he has no doubt in his mind that he would do more to make people laughs and enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Part of his contributions to his community includes financial supports to the less priviledged, artisans and traders, scholarship awards and educational succour to the brilliant and indigent students in tertiary institutions as well as annual JAMB coaching and procurement of JAMB forms to secondary schiol leaving students.
Mr Akinwale, a graduate of Lagos State University is the chief Convener, Ogbomoso Ajilete Carnival, an anunual sociol- cultural event that aims at promoting unity among the youths in Ogbomoso and the football club to encourage the younger ones, discover and build talents.
40 Days After: We ‘re yet to come to terms with Ajimobi’s death – Oyo APC Women
As the 40-day Fidau prayer of the late former governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, holds tomorrow in his private residence, the leadership of the Women’s wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has disclosed that most members of the party as well as admirers of the deceased were yet to come to terms with the reality of his death for many good reasons.
Ajimobi died at a Lagos hospital on June 25, 2020 and he was buried in his Oluyole residence on June 28, 2020 in accordance with Islamic traditions. He was, until his death, the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC having left office as the Executive Governor of the Pacesetter state on May 29, 2019 after serving for an unprecedented two terms of uninterrupted eight years.
Speaking with a cross section of journalist at the Party’s Secretariat in Oke-Ado, Ibadan on Wednesday, the APC’s State Woman Leader, Mrs Mabel Williams, described the late former governor as a quintessential leader, humanitarian par excellence and wonderful being whose memory would linger forever in the hearts of many people especially family members, political associates, admirers and good people of the state.
Her words; “it is still very difficult for many of us to accept the reality of the demise of our leader who spent the greater part of his 70 years on earth to serve his people, fatherland and humanity as a whole. Sen. Ajimobi was the best thing to have happened to us as women in the politics of the state because he was never tired of listening to us.
“Most monumental achievements he recorded as the governor of the state for eight years are there till tomorrow for the whole world to see and appreciate.
“As members of his immediate family put up arrangements for another Fidau prayers to mark the 40th day of his transition to glory, the teeming women population of Oyo APC are united in supplications for God to repose his soul and grant him eternal rest. We also use this avenue to sympathise with our mother, the immediate past First Lady of the state, Chief (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi and the entire Ajimobi family.
“We are grateful to God for giving Her Excellency, Mrs Ajimobi, the courage to cope with the challenges associated with the untimely death of her husband and we solemnly pray God Almighty to bless her with good health, peace of mind and longevity to enable her continue to paddle the canoe of family, societal and political service which her beloved husband has parted with.” Williams said.
Other members of the Wing who toed the line of Mrs Williams to extol the virtue of late former governor are; Mrs Toyin Ajibade (Deputy State Woman Leader), Mrs. Taiwo Motélèolá (Oyo South Senatorial district’s Woman Leader), Alhaja ‘Juwon Adewuyi (Oyo Central Senatorial district’s Woman Leader) and Mrs Juliana Ajuwon (Oyo North Senatorial district’s Woman Leader.
Alaafin lauds philanthropic gesture of ‘Wolekanle’ to human development
Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo on Wednesday commended Mr. Akinwale Akinwole popularly known as ‘Wolekanle’ for his numerous support and dedication to human development in the state, especially Ogbomoso town.
Alaafin gave the commendation while receiving the Ogbomoso-born philanthropist and politician at his palace, in Oyo town. The foremost Monarch noted that he was aware of all his efforts geared towards putting smile on people’s faces.
“I have heard much about you and I am happy that responsible youths like you are coming up in the political arena. It is a good development and I wish you all the best in your endeavours.
“Continue to make people happy. Don’t betray the confidence that is being reposed in you by the people. And in politics, ensure you join forces to move Nigeria forward. God will continue to guide you”, Oba Adeyemi advised.
In his short remarks, Akinwole lauded Alaafin’s ingenuity in promoting Yoruba culture and tradition.
He also informed the custodian of culture of his intention to participate actively in politics.
“As a father, I am here to greet you and formally inform you of my intention to be involved in active politics. I need your blessings and prayers. And I promise that you will be proud of me”, he assured.
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