An Oyo State-based socio-political group, Oyo Kajola Group (OKG), has flayed the Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Senator Teslim Folarin for claiming in an address to his party loyalists that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has set two traps for the government of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, which according to him it cannot escape.
The OKG, in a statement by its Media Coordinator, Mr. Adebayo Ayandele, on Thursday, said that the statement credited to the Senator has exposed the evil intention of the APC, its members and that of the Senator in question.
“By that statement, we are left in no doubt that the APC has the sinister motive of seizing power at all cost through the Court, an intention which has no basis and will fail woefully,” the OKG said.
The group maintained that whatever trap has been set to derail good governance, which the Makinde administration has been delivering in the state, would hit the rocks because the Governor was massively elected by Oyo State people and has continued to endear himself to them through policies and programmes that are already yielding fruits.
The statement noted that Folarin’s assertion, contained in a video clip, was a timely revelation that forces of darkness in the APC were hellbent on destabilizing the government of Makinde.
It warned that any plan to entrap the people Oyo State with fraudulent Court judgment and foist on the people an already rejected candidate would contend with stiff opposition and the wrath of the people.
The group warned the APC leaders, especially Folarin, to perish the thoughts of stealing the popular mandate given to Makinde, because according to the OKG, it will remain a pipedream that can never materialize.
“Before such APC leaders go about deceiving innocent persons, they, including Folarin would need to explain their roles in the failed Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin road contract on which N2billion of Oyo State tax payers’ money was wasted without a tangible result,” the group said.
According to the Oyo Kajola Group, Folarin’s statement was unguarded and irresponsible, adding that the Senator’s insistence that “they could not allow another party except the APC to govern Oyo State,” came a few weeks after the trio of former Governors Adebayo Alao-Akala, Abiola Ajimobi and Folarin had a meeting in Abuja.
“We in the Oyo Kajola Group and by extension the people of Oyo state were not surprised by Senator Folarin’s statement. Indeed, no resident of Oyo State expects decorum or finesse from Folarin, because of his known political history. What no one expected was that he would, like a palm wine drinker, openly seek to truncate the wishes generally expressed by the people of Oyo State durin the March 9, election.
“We believe that Folarin’s unguarded moment was God’s way of exposing APC’s plan to derail the government of Oyo State and deny the people of the good governance they are already enjoying under Governor Makinde.”
The group queried the real reason behind Folarin’s outburst, wondering if he was reacting to Makinde’s actions in exposing the rot left behind by his cousin, Senator Ajimobi or protecting his own interest, saying: “But before Folarin and his evil traps setters in the APC continue in their doomed voyage, which will ultimately consume them and be the beginning of the end for them politically, we would like the Senator to explain what he knows about the Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin road contract awarded to Oladiran Trades and paid N2 billion mobilization funds.
“It would interest the public to know that Governor Seyi Makinde had, after revoking the contract from the incompetent contractor supported by the APC leaders, seized the contractor’s Advance Payment Guarantee (APG) and recovered N1billion to the coffers of the state.
“We are certain that the anger of the clique of trap-setters is mainly against the insistence of Governor Makinde that their failed company must refund the people’s money illegally appropriated.
“To come clean, the trap-setting senator should tell Oyo State people what transpired on the project.
“From information available to us, we know that Governor Makinde, after revoking the failed Moniya/Ijaiye/Iseyin road contract, gave a directive that Oyo State’s money should be retrieved from the contractor. We also know that experts from the Oyo State Ministry of Works evaluated the works done by the failed contractor and valued the work at N850 million, leaving about N1.150 billion hanging in the pockets of the contractor.
“We are not at a loss as to the fact that the Governor’s insistence that the last kobo of Oyo State’s money spent on the contract must be retrieved has greatly unsettled some politicians who benefitted from the N2 billion largesse. Could Senator Folarin be one of those beneficiaries? Is he upset that Makinde uncovered traps to siphon Oyo State’s money and blocked them? The senator really has to explain the reason for his venom-laden statements contained in the video.
The group said: “Of a truth, prior to Folarin’s video, we had gathered that a number of disgruntled politicians of the APC have been holding nocturnal meetings to unfold sinister motives and plots against the people of Oyo State and democratic governance.
“Therefore, we want to categorically state that any plan to entrap the people Oyo State with fraudulent Court judgment and foist on them a rejected candidate, would be met with stiff opposition and the full wrath of the people.
“We are using this opportunity to serve a timely notice to President Muhammadu Buhari, well-meaning Nigerians and the international community that some APC leaders in Oyo State, with backing from some desperate politicians in the South-West, have perfected plans to use their corrupt contacts in the nation’s Judiciary to rape democracy and frustrate the wishes of the majority of Oyo State people as expressed on March 9, 2019 when they elected Governor Seyi Makinde with over 515,000 votes.
“These individuals, who are already shopping for Supreme Court justices that will allegedly do their evil bidding, are leveraging on the APC’s control of the Federal Government and all the security apparatus in their bid to subvert the will of Oyo State people. But the people are more than prepared for them and would match them in action and reaction if they won’t desist from the evil plot.”
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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