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N7.6bn loan: Oyo PDP reacts, says APC not qualified to criticise Makinde

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Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has discountenanced a statement credited to the state’s chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) in which it criticised the state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, for seeking the nod of the State House of Assembly to access the N7.6bn loan earlier secured by the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The PDP, in a statement signed  by its State Publicity Secretary, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, declared that “a set of morally-bankrupt and profligate politicians cannot group themselves under whatever guise to criticise the prudent, open and people-friendly administration being run by Governor Makinde.”

According to the statement, the APC, in the eight years of Governor Ajimobi, practically ran the state aground with “excessive and unjustified borrowing,” adding that a party that produced such leadership was not qualified to criticise Governor Makinde, whom he said has so far demonstrated financial prudence and transparency in the handling of the state’s resources.

The statement read: “The statement by the Oyo State chapter of the APC on the N7.6 billion loan facility was not just mischievous and jaundiced, it was not-well-thought-out, since it was only with the sole aim of misinforming people with short memory span.

“We are all witnesses to the suit filed in May this year by the then Governor-elect, Engineer Makinde, with which he sought the injunction of the State High Court to stop the access of Ajimobi’s government to that loan in less than a month to its terminal date.

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“How can the same APC, which produced Ajimobi, whose government had concluded arrangements to spend the money on frivolous projects just five months ago now turn around to claim that the loan was freshly obtained by Governor Makinde?

“We in the PDP are happy with, and are confident in the ability of Governor Makinde to revolutionise the State’s economy through agriculture and agriculture value chain.

“That is why we commend the proposed upgrading of the farm settlements in Eruwa and Akufo to Farm Estates in a pilot scheme that will be used as model for similar projects across the State.”

Olatunji stated that though the PDP would not have loved to join issues with Oyo APC, which he said is suffering from electoral failure-induced amnesia, he stated that it should be made clear that former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who is APC’s leader in the state, plunged the state into unbridled debts by borrowing over N150 billion in eight years with nothing to show for the loans.

“Oyo APC should not have been caught pointing fingers at Makinde who is working round the clock to clear the mess left behind by the APC government, which borrowed so much but left huge number of abandoned projects and debts that are still being collated by several committees.

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“Is it not funny that a party that awarded Iseyin-Ibadan road, mobilised the contractors with N2 billion but had nothing to show for the money; a party that left many abandoned projects within and outside Ibadan, despite having secured and spent loans and bonds for such projects; a party that borrowed so much but failed abysmally in its duties to workers and pensioners, owing billions in pension and gratuity arrears, could point fingers at a focused government like that of Makinde?

“It is not a joke when workers in the state stand boldly to say that Makinde’s achievements in 96 days are equal to Ajimobi’s achievements in 96 months.  There are verifiable statistics to back such submissions.

“We will like to place it on record that the only reason that made Governor Makinde  to  approach  the  Assembly for approval of the access was just in observance of the rule of law. Let us also state that by changing the purpose of the loan from procurement of ‘agriculture equipment’ to upgrading of farm settlements to construction of Farm Estates, Oyo State people stand to benefit far more. It is a step in the right direction.

“We, therefore, to wish to advise the APC in the state to play politics with decorum, while they play their opposition role without braces of falsehood”, the statement concluded.

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‘My loyalty remains with Makinde, PDP’ – Ex- Oyo deputy speaker declares

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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.

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“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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Drop your ambition, let’s focus on rebuilding the party, Oladele tells Oyo APC stakeholders

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A former House of Representatives member, Hon. Bosun Oladele has called for genuine reconciliation among APC leaders and members in Oyo state, urging them to drop their ambitions, but to focus on rebuilding and strengthening the party for a more rewarding bargain.

 

Oladele, who represented Irepo/Olorunsogo/Oorelope federal constituency between 2015 and 2019, in a chat with Mega Icon Magazine shortly after the party’s stakeholders meeting held at Premier Hotel Ibadan, last Thursday said the gathering was an affirmation that the progressives are still one solid indivisible family in the state.

 

“The gathering is a gathering of all progressives of the APC. All progressives because there is a division in Nigerian political landscape, we have the conservatives and then the progressives. And progressives we know ourselves , we belong to the same family, we belong to the same lineage and we have always belong to the same political school. Right now when we had all progressives congress , the next thing is the people that are progressives true to heart they must always flocks together.

 

“It takes the deep to call to the deep. Then, this gathering is just an affirmation that today we want to show that we are still one solid indivisible family”, he said.

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Speaking further, the former Commissioner for Information added, “When we say we are coming back, if you check the political history of Oyo state since 1999, some of us never went anywhere, we have been on the same line right from AD to AC, to ACN to APC. And the people that are coming back , they have also been on that channel but for one reason or the other in terms of disagreement, they left, but now they are back to the house.

 

“We built this house together from foundation, so they should come and take their rightful place in the house and we are preaching to everybody drop any form of ambition now , let us build the house , before we can share the rooms”, he urged.

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Oyo 2019 governorship elections, a failed project for Adelabu?

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It is no news that the  horse race to Agodi Government House in Oyo State has come and gone, electorates have decided, while every political gladiators are nursing their wounds.

Today, Governor Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde (GSM)  of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the landlord of the Agodi Government House for the next three (3) years, and his party members, presently control the Oyo State House Of Assembly with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Democratic Party, (ADP) forming the opposition.

Interestingly, the residents of the state in their numbers were busy accessing the performance of Governor Seyi Makinde in the last 12 months based on the pyramid of success ladder, while some were still in euphoria rejoicing at cooling spots to celebrate his victory.

With the help of the coalition arrangement midwived by a former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, the beneficiary of the arrangement, Engr. Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 515, 621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who secured 357,982 votes.

Meanwhile, the  three governorship candidates that sacrificed their ambitions for Govrrnor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are Senator Olufemi Lanlehin of Action Democratic Congress (ADC), Barrister Sharafadeen Alli of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) . These political gladiators in the state aimed at forming a government of national unity; unfortunately, the agreement was breached and the coalition went sour.

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With this revelation, did Adebayo Adelabu feels that he had failed? The answer is NO, according to political pundits. As a new entrant into politics, his performance at the poll was commendable and it beams ray of hope of a better political future ;if some measures are put in place.

Our  investigations revealed that the progressive party in Oyo state, even when the late governor and the leader of the progressives, Alhaji Onaolapo Lamidi Adesina led the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, the party’s guber nominee, late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi defeated the then incumbent governor, Otunba Alao Akala of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by securing 420, 852 against 387, 132.

In a related development, in 2015, late Abiola Ajimobi became the ‘Koseleri of Oyo state’ under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by breaking the second term jinx. He polled 327,310, to defeat his brother, former governor  Ladoja of the Accord Party scored 254,520 and others.

Considering these figures, it is obvious that Oloye Adebayo Adelabu performed extremely well in the last election, a feat he achieved through members of the progressives in the state who supported his ambition. This political calculation and permutation signify that the Obafemi Awolowo University trained accountant appeared to have an edge, but needs to improve on his relationship skills as a prominent political figure in the state.

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According to the pundits, Adelabu must work on the politics of the ‘Gate Keepers ‘ and that of the Critical Success Factor’ (CSF) to accomplish his political ambition.

Oyo state housed Muslims, Christians and traditional worshipers, thus the need for proper religious identity in regards of governorship election.

People believed that Oloye Bayo Adelabu was a converted Christian, until the ‘sudden’ addition of ‘Abdulwaheed’ to his name.

The Muslims in the state observed that being a Muslim transcends mere name bearing. They insisted the community would be more pleased if Adelabu can take further practical steps to prove that he is really a Muslim.

No doubt, Adelabu is stylish, intelligent, strategic and has brilliant ideas toward Oyo state development, but needs to intensify efforts on these grey areas. By 2023, it is predicted that the party’s primary would be an interesting one as political juggernauts in the state surreptitiously expressed interests.

However, only time will tell.

 

Idowu Ayodele

Political Desk,

Mega Icon Magazine 

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