By Ola Ajayi
FORMER Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina has cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors in Oyo and Osun States, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola against setting the people of the two states on a collision course over raging controversy on the joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
While speaking to newsmen in Ibadan at the weekend, Alhaji Adesina, described the development culminating in disagreement between the governments of Oyo and Osun states as deliberate and willful destruction of brotherhood ties among the people.
He also said it was a baseless flexing of muscle between two governors who are products of political malfeasance championed by the PDP in the south west.
According to him, “the current bickering between Alao-Akala and Oyinlola over LAUTECH and its affiliate Teaching Hospital in Osogbo is capable of generating bad blood among the peoples of the two owner states who have been known to be good brothers and sisters over the yearsâ€.
Continuing, he stated that ownership and control of the two institutions should not have been a subject of controversy but for the inordinate ambition and greed of one of the two governors who is fond of fanning the ember of discord and violence at any instance.
“It is therefore disturbing to note that the vision of the founding fathers of LAUTECH is being jettisoned on account of unhealthy politicking. How can a sitting governor, regarded as the chief security officer of a state, be reported to have threatened a Vice-Chancellor when he could have employed dialogue option to resolve a matter involving the lives of a people and the future of our youths? This tells much about what is happening in his domain and it stands condemnable.” Lam said.
He also called on the National Assembly to shelve actions on the much-talked about Constitution Review and instead concentrate on holistic Electoral Reform in view of the fast approaching 2011 general elections.
“Nigerians are not happy about the deliberate plans of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives to foot-drag on the purported review of the 1999 Constitution. What is expected of them now is immediate suspension of all actions relating to holistic review of the 1999 constitution and in its place concentrate on carrying our necessary amendment of the Electoral Law using the Uwais Panel report as a guide, said the former governor.
The reason, he noted, was that we did not have enough time again to prepare for the next year general election and we must acknowledge the fact Nigerians and the international community would not accept anything but credible elections from the current leadership of the country.