OYOâ€”FORMER Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina weekend criticized the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government, saying the party was a curse that the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo left for the South West.
According to him, the party had not done anything substantial to make any positive impacts in the zone since it foisted itself on the leadership, adding that his party, Action Congress(AC) would not stand akimbo and watch the ruling party steal people’s mandate like it did in the last election.
The former governor also condemned his perceived lackadaisical way President Umar Musa Yarâ€™Adua was tackling the seeming intractable industrial disputes in the nationâ€™s universities, undue politicisation of the creation of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State and accused the Oyo State government ofÂ poor handling of the industrial actions by the lecturers of the Polytechnic, Ibadan and the Oyo State College of Education, Oyo by the State government.
According to him: â€œAn average patriotic Nigerian is disturbed that Federal Government still appears helpless about the whole situation. All we hear from the media is break-down of talks with ASUU and this suggests that the government may not be ready to address the fundamental issues that led to the industrial disputes.
It is regrettable that President Yarâ€™Adua is springing up another political crisis regarding his recent position on the issued of local government creation affecting Lagos State . He should just leave Fashola alone and allow the gentleman concentrate on delivering dividends of democracy to Lagos â€.
While speaking with newsmen in an interview in his Felele residence, he said, â€œPDP is the curse that Obasanjo brought to the South West. Looking at the dismal performance of the party in Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti States, it is clear that the party has nothing good to offer to the people of the zone.
Adesina, who did not hid his utter disapproval of the governance of the partyâ€™s governors in the zone, alleged that if they could test the pulses of the people in the zone, they would realize that the people were tired of them.
But, the partyâ€™s South West ex-officio, Alhaji Taofeek Olayiwola said the criticism should have come from any other person and not Lam Adesina, and accused the former governor of non-performance throughout his four years tenure.
The former governor, he argued, was a failure whose tenure was full of crises.
â€œHe is definitely jealous of the remarkable difference that Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala is making through provision of health, education and good roads. Lam is not in the best position to be saying all these. He is somebody that believes in the past. AC is already dead. They want to be relevant because of the electioneering campaign for 2011 that is close.
Akala has rubbished his record in all the 33 local governments in the state. His impact is felt in education, health and road construction. People have tried and they have seen that he is a complete failureâ€.
Specifically, Lam pointed out that the most cherished legacy that people of the zone are yearning for is education which the party had eluded them due to bad governance.
He said, â€œnothing God canâ€™t do. We should hope for better days ahead. Let us be hopeful that God has not created committee of human beings that would suffer or enjoy forever. But the PDP should know that rigging in 2011 will not be a bed of roses. Rig 2011 election and rig Nigeria to pieces. Please, warn President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua not to allow rigging again.
He must have read the message of the water pump. He should learn from history.