By Ola Ajayi
FORMER Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina has vowed to mobilize people of the state against the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in theÂ 2011 elections because it has allegedly failed to impact positively on their lives in the last seven years.
Besides, he also promised to close ranks with the civil society so that the ruling party would not repeat the violence it unleashed on the innocent electorates in the 2011 poll.
Alhaji Adesina who spoke at a one-day workshop on guidelines for polling agents in 2011 general electionsÂ yesterday, assured the people of the state that he would personally lead them to deliver them from alleged oppression the ruling party had subjected them to through by bad governance.
The workshop which was organised by one of the governorship aspirants in the 2011 elections in Oyo State, Prof.Oluwole Akinboade had many eminent Nigerians in attendance. Among them was the Chairman of a pro-democracy group, Votersâ€™ Assembly, Comrade Mashood Erubami.
Explaining why he defected to AC, the organiser of the workshop, Prof. Akinboade said, he had always been among the progressives and since his former party, Democratic Peoples Alliance, DPA, had the same ideologies with the AC, joining the party was not difficult.
According to him, â€œany progressives would fare better than the conservatives and that was why he joined the AC. Joining them would make it easier to team up so that we can collectively drive away the conservativesâ€.
The former governor said he regretted the hardship that people of the state were subjected to through a bad leadership because that was not the reason why the pro-democracy group fought hard for democracy.
He said, â€œwe did not fight for democracy so that you can remain hungry, jobless, naked, hopeless and oppressed. I want you to go and prepare for the coming elections with everything you have. We have said for the umpteenth time that AC would not tolerate any form of rigging like the 2011 poll. So, we have to gird our loinsâ€.
Speaking at the workshop, Comrade Erubami said he had told all and sundry that â€œit had not been heard that AC attacked any ANPP members or AD attacked AC, we know the party that does not obey the Rule of Law but relies on thugs and violence to win electionsâ€.