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Oyo APC lacks knowledge of good governance – PDP

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The Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop celebrating the maladministration represented by the immediate past government of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The party in a statement on Sunday, which was signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, said that APC in Oyo State was a party of individuals with little or no knowledge of what good governance entails, noting that in the last eight months, every right-thinking resident of Oyo State has been full of praises for the well-thought-out policies and programmes of Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.

According to the PDP, Oyo State under Governor Makinde has clearly prioritised security, health, education and economic expansion through agriculture, a focus that has brought positive telling effects on the State.

“Every month, starting from the well-known GSM date, Makinde’s government injects at least N8billion into the State’s economy, something that has brought hope to all and sundry. This is clearly a departure from the despair, desperation and squalor, which characterised life and living in Oyo State under the APC government,” the PDP stated.

It added that Governor Makinde has “begun the journey towards setting Oyo State on the path to true greatness,” adding that “we are fully aware that the APC has a polluted idea of the true meaning of good governance, but never believed that such ignorance would be displayed in the public space.

“They are only seeking to pollute the public space with their corrupted view of good governance by asking Governor Makinde to learn from former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who was roundly rejected by the people of Oyo State for being a huge disappointment in governance and human relations.”

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The PDP maintained that the introduction of free and qualitative education policy in public schools; focus on building infrastructure that will target the economic expansion; full and scientific approach to the Security of the state through the procurement of equipment and  security gadgets; as well as the Amotekun security initiative are clear testimonies to the globally acclaimed and world class service delivery launched in the State by Governor Makinde.

“The Governor’s 100 per cent commitment to the welfare of workers and residents through prompt payment of salaries and pensions are top notch policies of the PDP administration, which have placed Oyo State on the pantheons of good governance across the country and beyond,” the PDP stated.

The statement also informed that APC’s attack on Makinde was ill-intentioned and borne out of jealousy that the new Governor had, in only eight months, started recording landmark achievements that make the people rate his government better than that of his predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

“Indeed, the songs on the lips of workers and residents of Oyo State just within 96 days of Seyi Makinde’s governance was to state that his achievements in just three months have outweighed the 96 months of Senator Ajimobi whose administration has no legacy to point at,” the PDP said.

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The party added: “It is an indisputable fact that Ajimobi in eight years displayed crude cluelessness, unkind mindset and despite earning over N700 billion in federal allocations and internally generated revenues, have nothing to show to the people.

“He was happy jumping from one controversy to the other and amassing for himself, unmerited titles that attest to vain glorification. Is that the kind of person APC wants Makinde to learn from?

The statement further read: “Let us, however, tell them even though Governor Makinde has started with a blistering speed and has been delivering  goodies all the way, the remaining months of his administration would witness further testimonials to good governance with the conclusion of arrangements for the construction of farm estates in Akufo and Eruwa and world class interchanges that would make Oyo State come to further global attention for positive mention.

“Makinde’s policy of free education and his administration’s focus on agriculture through the building of farm estates are similar to the programmes of the Pa Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Bola Ige eras, which remained the hallmark of good governance in the South-West zone today.

“In Oyo state right now, we are proud to say we have a transformational leadership rather that the transactional predecessor who left a legacy of failed contracts and abandoned road projects as a result of mere consideration for ‘what is there for me’ rather than what is there for the state.”

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The statement added: “Today, the Saki township road is in a mess because the APC government played politics with people’s lives by embarking on the project purely for campaign purposes. The Oyo and Ogbomoso township roads constructed by the APC government were not completed and also badly done and even the few roads the government constructed in Ibadan were done at inflated costs to the state. The inflated Mokola Flyover has failed to control the traffic logjam challenge in that axis. So, we ask, are these the good governance ideals the APC wants Makinde to learn from Ajimobi? Or is it how Ajimobi destroyed the order, peace and beauty known with Olubadan Chieftaincy by introducing self-serving and alien review that has created a mess for the throne?”

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Varsity Don, Dibu Ojerinde Cautions Against Anti-Ajimobi Protests Over APC Nomination

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Prof. Dibu Ojerinde

An international educational administrator and prominent indigene of Oke-Ogun in Oyo State, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde has appealed for cautions among leaders and members of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress over reported protests coming from the camp of an aggrieved group against the recent nomination of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party.

Ojerinde’s call came in the wake of recent media reports which revealed the opposition of some aggrieved Oyo APC chieftains and leaders to the nomination of the former governor to succeed Chief Adeniyi Adebayo from Ekiti state (now the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment) in that party leadership capacity. Notable figures reported to be opposed to Ajimobi’s nomination are former deputy governor, Chief Moses Adeyemo, Alhaji Akin Olajide (former SSG in Ajimobi government), Sen. Adesoji Akanbi, Alh. Fatai Ibikunle among others.

In a statement he personally issued today from his Igboho country home and made available to journalists in Ibadan, Prof. Ojerinde described protests against Sen. Ajimobi’s recommendation for the top party leadership job as unnecessary and ill-conceived “in view of the fact that the idea was a brainchild of eminent APC stakeholders from virtually all the five other south western states as a matter of political exigency.

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“The former governor may have inevitably offended some of these people while in office and I understand this was also responsible for the crisis which engulfed Oyo APC in 2018 as it was allowed to drag until the party lost the governorship seat to the PDP in 2019 general election. But these same elders and leaders should find a way of resolving this among themselves once and for all in the interest of their teeming members and the state.

“A situation whereby they allowed such grievances to cost them the coveted governorship seat must not continue in the interest of the party and the society at large. This has always been my position as a leader of thought in the state. I expressed the same opinion yesterday when I had a cause to visit one of these aggrieved leaders in Igboho and again, I am using this medium to appeal to other concerned individuals or groups to bury all the hatchets permanently.

“In the opinion of many political watchers, the seemingly intractable crisis within Oyo APC is inimical to the progress of the state simply because the party can boast of many quality hands who are capable of adding value to the state and Nigeria as a country if afforded the opportunity to work together as a team and not as warring entities.

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“My own sincere appeal is to every stakeholder within the party to work towards finding a lasting solution to the internal wrangling and guide against anything capable of causing schism among them again as all hands must be on deck to restore the full confidence of the voting public on the progressive party which was still able to have a comfortable majority in the population of National Assembly members from the state despite all odds in 2019”, the Professor Emeritus of Tests and Measurement stated.

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Oyo LG Crisis: ALGON condemns Makinde’s proposal, says ‘payoff’ violates anti corruption war

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The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter has condemned the suggestion by Governor Seyi Makinde to pay them off, describing the idea as antithetical to the war against corruption.

Contained in a letter written to the Counsel to the State Government, Mr Akin Onigbinde SAN by ALGON through its lawyer, Kunle Sobaloju Esq , the sacked elected chairmen said the suggestion is a disservice to the people of their local government and Oyo State to collect financial compensation in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed tenure.

The Association also expressed appreciation to the government for recognizing and acknowledging their mandate as the democratically elected officials of the 33 Local Council and 35 local development areas respectively by offering to pay them their salaries.

“We refer to your letter dated 20th February, 2020 and have brought the contents of the said letter to the notice of our client which they have considered, and by this letter, we wish to communicate their response to you.

The letter reads, “We have our clients’ instruction to express their appreciation to his Excellency for recognizing and acknowledging our clients’ mandate as the democratically elected Chairmen and Councilors of the 33 Local Government Councils and 35 LCDAs in Oyo State by offering to pay them their salaries and allowances due.

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“However, our clients consider it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed by you in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed election tenure.

“Our Clients are equally of the view that accepting financial compensation by way of your calculated salary and severance allowance would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also lead to violation of anti-corruption laws by collecting salaries and allowances for a futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out.

“We therefore have our clients’ instruction to inform you that the financial pay off proposed is unacceptable to them.

“We appreciate your efforts towards the amicable settlement of issues between the parties and convey our professional regards of the highest esteem”, the letter concluded.

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Real Reason Why Oyo ALGON Rejected Makinde’s ‘Pay Off Deal’ {Read Full Details}

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Prince Aleshinloye

The sacked elected Council Chairmen  under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo state chapter on Friday said the pay off deal proposed by Governor Seyi Makinde would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also leads to violation of anti – corruption law by collecting salaries and allowances for futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out.

 

While rejecting the ‘Pay Off Deal’, the Council Chairmen reechoed their  resolve to complete their tenure as constitutionally guaranteed, just as they opined that rather than accepting the financial pay off deal,  the Seyi Makinde led government should appoint two additional supervisory councilors and one Liaison officer who will work together with the elected local government officials in all the LGAs and LCDAs.
 

The government’s counsel, Akin Onigbinde SAN had earlier sought for an Out of Court Settlement’  which was adopted by all stakeholders involved in the crisis rocking the local governments in the state.

 

 

ALGON,  in a document dated 21 February, 2020 jointly signed by its Chairman, Prince Abass Aleshinloye and Pastor Jesutoye (Secretary) and obtained by Mega Icon Magazine further considered it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed tenure

 

“ALGON considers it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed in lieu of our constitutionally guaranteed tenure. ALGON is equally of the view that accepting financial compensation by way of calculated salary and severance allowance would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also leads to violation of anticorruption law by collecting salaries and allowances for futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out .

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“ALGON therefore resolved that the financial pay off proposed in the offers unacceptable to us hence we reiterate our resolve to complete our tenure as constitutionally guaranteed.

“In the overall interest of our dear state and to achieve a robust and participatory governance at the grass root, ALGON opined that the government may appoint additional TWO Supervisory Councilors, and ONE Liason Officer per LGA and LCDA, to the existing and already inaugurated appointed ones, to make government of all inclusive. ALGON believes this is idea”, the document reads

The association , however lauded  Governor Makinde for recognizing and acknowledging the elected chairpersons and councilors by offering to pay them salaries and allowances.

“ALGON express appreciation to His Excellency, for recognizing and acknowledging our mandate as the democratically elected chairmen and councilors of the 33 local government councils and 35 LCDAs in Oyo state by offering to pay us salaries and allowances of due although this was coming from the 16 days after the initiative was moved on the 15th of February, 2020” .

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