The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, has warned opposition elements in the state to stop playing politics with the insecurity situation in Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun parts of the state.
The governor’s aide stated that most of the comments attributed to opposition elements on the security situation in the state missed the point due to pettiness, contempt and clear attempt to play to the gallery.
“Their utter attempt at showmanship and unpatriotic conduct portray them as babes and sucklings intervening on sensitive matters,” he said.
Adisa noted that if opposition elements were true lovers of the state, they should have used the occasion to demonstrate patriotism by empathising with the people of the state and coming up with their own ideas on how to address the situation.
He stressed that merely playing to the gallery only showcases them as ordinary politicians who do not think about the state but solely about the next election.
Governor Makinde’s mouthpiece in a statement issued on Tuesday said contrary to the picture being painted by the opposition, especially the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which suggested that the government did nothing on the Ibarapa security challenge, the Makinde administration took a number of steps.
In the statement, Adisa also wondered why a Sunday Dare could pass the buck on insecurity to Makinde when it was obvious that the lack of action and apparent dereliction of duty by the APC-led Federal Government brought the entire country to its knees, security-wise.
“Whereas Nigerians can count on their fingers the number of states ravaged by insecurity in 2015, today, none of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, is free of kidnapping, banditry, rape, and other crimes.
“It is unwise and completely unwarranted for Dare to fail to tell the world what positive thing he, as a member of the Federal Executive Council, has contributed to assist the state in its battles against insecurity.
“The state of affairs security-wise in virtually all geopolitical zones of the country has exposed the failure of Dare’s boss and that’s a reality no Nigerian can deny,” the statement said.
According to the governor’s media aide, Makinde had, at the height of the insecurity in Ibarapa, deployed Operation Burst, a state-backed security outfit comprising the Army, Nigeria Security, and Civil Defence Corps and the Police to Ibarapa in large numbers.
“The governor had also caused to be deployed, men and officers of MOPOL 72, located strategically in Ago-Are in Oke-Ogun axis”, Adisa submitted.
He added that the government followed-up that deployment with the mass deployment of the men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, to Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun axes to quench the rising insecurity.
Adisa explained that the mass deployment of security operatives to the area had begun to yield positive results in the last few weeks, stating that on January 9, the Amotekun Corps worked with Vigilante Group of Nigeria, local hunters, and Miyetti Allah Vigilantes to comb forests straddling four local governments in Ibarapa and Iwajowa Local Government Areas of Oke-Ogun.
He maintained that as a fallout of that exercise, which was abruptly called off due to the massive deployment of fake news by haters of the Oyo people, the teams neutralized suspected kidnappers and criminals in Ayete area, while a number of the suspects were arrested and handed over to the Police.
Adisa said that the narrative being carved by the opposition, suggesting that Makinde had been idling away, was baseless and reckless, stating that the fact that the Makinde administration has not been engaging in showmanship on efforts to tame insecurity should not be taken as doing nothing.
The statement continued, “We have noted with concern the fickle-mindedness being demonstrated by opposition elements in Oyo State, especially individuals like the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare.
“It is sad that Mr. Dare has revealed himself as a small mind by playing to the gallery on insecurity in Oyo State, which is a fallout of the failure of the Federal Government on security issues.
“It is equally sad that such an individual serving in a government under whose watch the security system of the country has collapsed could turn around to point fingers at Makinde.
“While one would not have loved to join issues with Dare and other individuals whose desperation for relevance can make them stop at nothing, including setting their own state on fire, it becomes imperative to correct the erroneous statement that Governor Makinde is being cowed by fear in the handling of state matters.
“For the avoidance of doubt, before those fanning the embers of ethnic crisis and their Hosanna crowd went to town with their showmanship gimmicks, the government had made serious efforts to tame the insecurity situation in Ibarapa.
“Apart from initiating several peace meetings between Yoruba and Fulani residents of the axes, the government took steps to deploy a heavy security presence to Ibarapa and at a point, even backed a community-based effort to rid the forests of kidnappers and bandits.
“It would be recalled that the government had backed a similar approach in Kisi, Igbeti and Igboho axes of the state and was able to achieve a great success without necessarily making noise in the media about it.
“But since Dare, like his co-travelers in the APC, have ignorantly ventured into a matter they have little or no knowledge about, it has become important to point out to them that governance is not done by engaging in pointless garrulous displays in the media.
“It is equally sad that whereas Mr. Dare could pontificate about insecurity in the media, he has failed to do the same at the Executive Council chambers of Aso Rock which hosts the Federal Executive Council meetings, which obviously could have helped the APC government arrest the insecurity situation in the country.
“For sometime now, Dare and his journeymen have been grandstanding on issues in their home state, though they have failed to use their offices to canvass the same positions at the Federal Executive Council or make any meaningful impact in the state.
“We would like to adminish Dare and his fellows in the rat race for 2023 governorship to toe the path of honour and stop advertising ignorance and displaying unpatriotic tendencies when it comes to issues affecting the state.
“Let them adhere to the well-accepted maxim: power belongs to God and only He decides whom it fits at every instance”, it concluded.
Oyo Coalition Collapse: APC sympathizes with Governor Makinde
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state has blamed Governor Seyi Makinde for the final collapse of the coalition arrangement upon which he got to power in 2019 as the opposition party stated that the governor deserved sympathy in view of the rate at which he was allegedly being deserted by disappointed political gladiators midway into his four-year tenure.
Oyo APC’s submission apparently came against the backdrop of the Tuesday final withdrawal of virtually all the political bigwigs in the camp of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja, from the government of Gov. Makinde and subsequent collapse of all the structures of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) at all levels into the opposition APC in the state.
APC in a statement issued in Ibadan and made available to journalists on Thursday by its Caretaker State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, through his Personal Assistant (media), Olawale Sadare, saluted the courage of all political gladiators who, together with their teeming followers, decided to pitch their tent with the broom party in what has been described by informed pundits as “master stroke against the confused PDP government in the state”.
“It has again been confirmed that Oyo state is a divine project which is destined for success despite the setback suffered in 2019. Now that virtually all the major coalition partners have deserted Gov. Makinde on account of his failure to honour agreement made voluntary and also his inability to perform in office as a worthy successor to Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, attention has shifted to APC and this is understandable.
“Meanwhile, we can sympathize with Gov. Makinde and the remnants of his political household over their loss of touch even before time. With the kind of power, influence and resources available to an average governor in Nigeria, an average state helmsman who loses so many supporters, allies and benefactors in a few time in office, deserves the pity of all and sundry even though the case of Gov. Makinde was self inflicted and predictable”, Sadare stated.
In the mean time, the leadership of Oyo APC has assured politicians from the camps of Sen. Rashidi Ladoja and ZLP that their joining the APC was a right decision taken and which would not be regretted as “it was a necessary step to arrest the slide in participatory democracy and good governance being foisted again on the state by the PDP administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde.
“We welcome our brothers and sisters from ‘Bodija’ as well as the heroic decision to collapse the entire structures of the ZLP into that of the APC in Oyo state in an unprecedented way. This bold step shall be reciprocated positively as we make bold to state that nobody shall be discriminated against as regards whether they are old or new members. It is even good that this is happening at the time our dear party is carrying out a nationwide membership registration and revalidation exercise.
“The leadership of Oyo APC has instructed our field officers in all the 4,778 Polling Units across the state to accommodate all the new members and get them registered accordingly while we would soon meet major gladiators on the need to fully integrate everyone into the progressive family which is not even new to most of them. The process of rescuing the Pacesetter state from charlatans has begun in earnest and no well meaning stakeholder or member of the society will be left behind”, the statement continued.
Oyo ZLP stalwart, others debunk defection to APC
A Chieftain of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Oyo state, Comrade Wole Abisoye and some members of the party have refuted the recent media report that they left the political platform and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Also, the ZLP stakeholders described the report as untrue and misleading.
At a well attended meeting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Wednesday, leadership of the now moribund ZLP insisted that majority of its members have joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They, therefore pledged their loyalty to the Seyi Makinde- led PDP government in the state.
The meeting, presided over by Comrade Wole Abisoye, former state chairman of ZLP also had in attendance former local government chairmen, stalwarts and other party faithfuls across the thirty-three local governments.
ZLP chieftains, who also attended the stakeholders’ meeting included: Comrade Sulaiman Adedokun, Chief Raimi Jalaruru, Evangelist Suberu Ademola, Hon. Olasunkanmi Okunlola, and Mr Dele Ladoja
Others are, Hon. Okunola Saheed Ademola, Hon. Kunle Oduola, Mr. Raheem Oguntade Idris, Mrs Bola Olaniyi, among other leaders were in attendance.
The chairman of Governor Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola was also present at the meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Abisoye maintained that the majority of the ZLP members across the thirty-three local governments have returned to the PDP since two weeks ago.
Debunking the statement that ZLP has been collapsed into the APC and members of Senator Rashidi Ladoja’s political group have also joined the opposition party in the state, Abisoye said nothing could be farther from the truth
He clearly stated that their political leader and former governor of Oyo state, Senator Ladoja is no longer a card carrying member of any political party.
On the claim of other group that their moving to APC has the blessing of Senator Ladoja, Abisoye warned that nobody should drop the name of Ladoja for their selfish goals.
“When APC senators from Oyo state at various times approached Senator Ladoja to join their party, he (Ladoja) made no commitment but rather leave the matter to be decided by the leaders of the ZLP”, Abisoye added.
Giving hindsight on how he and other local government chairmen returned to PDP, the former ZLP chairman said when the Apex members of the party met, he took his stand not to join the APC but PDP.
This according to him led huge numbers of members to move en masse to PDP across the state.
Abisoye added that he was happy that ZLP members have been restored and fully integrated into the PDP, calling on others who have been deceived to move into the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retrace their steps and return to the right place.
Giving reasons for joining the PDP, some leaders who spoke at the meeting acknowledged developmental strides currently going on in every local government of the state.
For this reason, they said gave them conviction to join the train and thereby pledged their unflinching support for the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde.
Remarking at the meeting, Senator Agboola lauded the ZLP stakeholders for taking the crucial decision to “return home” and team up with Governor Makinde’s administration.
He added that they would be treated equally as other members of the party, adding that they would not be left out in the sharing of positions, even after the local government election in May.
2023: Oyo coalition finally breaks up, as ZLP, Ladoja’s group ditch Makinde for APC
Oyo’s coalition government led by Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is close to collapse as the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and former Governor Rashidi Ladoja’s political group in the state on Tuesday pulled out over what they justified “as urgent need to unite in order to save our dear state from economic collapse occasioned by insecurity, excessive borrowing and poor vision of Oyo State government”.
The Zenith Labour Party and the Ladoja’s Political group have collapsed their structures into the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
It will be recalled that in 2019, former Governor Ladoja midwife and lead a collation where the major opposition parties in the state adopted Seyi Makinde of the PDP, as Sarafadeen Alli, Olufemi Lanlehin among others sacrificed their governorship ambitions.
Meanwhile, Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin had earlier returned to the APC after the alliance with the Seyi Makinde led PDP government collapsed.
Lanlehin informed that his decision to quit the alliance was based on Governor Makinde’s non-compliance with the spirit and letters of the terms of the gubernatorial pre-election agreement reached between Governor Makinde and other opposition parties’ governorship candidates.
Continuing, in a communique jointly signed by the leadership and stakeholders of the party, at a special meeting held at the ZLP’s Samonda State Secretariat announced the move, saying that it decided to dissolve into the APC in order to save Oyo State from economic collapse occasioned by insecurity, excessive borrowing and poor vision of the Governor Seyi Makinde led government.
Also, the communique directed all members of ZLP and Ladoja Political Group to terminate all Ward, Local Government and executive meetings; and partake in the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise of APC in the state.
The meeting, thereafter passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja as well as other leaders and the executive steering the affairs of the ZLP, Ladoja Political Group and Ladoja loyalists.
The stakeholders, however urged media teams of the APC and the ZLP to adopt a common criticism agenda.
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