By OLA AJAYI, IBADAN
COURTESY was thrown to the wind Thursday as commercial motorcyclists at Ajibode area blocked the only accessible road to protest the death of two persons including an okada rider.
Ajibode is on the outskirts of Apete in Ido Local Government area where flood wrecked havoc last week Saturday.
The two persons were reported dead when a sport utility vehicle ran into them while on okada.
The road is the only road left for the residents of the area to use since the collapse of the make-shift bridge during the heavy downpour which reportedly killed many people.
Vanguard gathered that SUV sped off and escaped after crushing the okada rider and his passenger.
The incident angered the Okada riders, who prevented other road users from using the road.
As a result of the gridlock, several civil servants, lecturers and workers of the University of Ibadan were stranded at bus stops.
Many resorted to trekking after waiting endlessly at bus stops for vehicles.
One of the people, Idris Lawal, who lamented said he had to choose the Ologuneru longer route to get to his office.
Owing to the commotion, there was hike in fares as okada riders plying Eleyele road which was N70 now charged N250.
When Vanguard contacted the state police command, the Public Relations Officer, SP Olabisi Okuwobi Ilobanafor said she would get through to Ojoo police station to get details.
Meanwhile, Governor Abiola Ajimobi has told the opposition parties in the state to stop politicizing the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Apete Area of Ibadan.
The governor, who gave the warning while briefing newsmen shortly after inspecting the collapsed pedestrian bridge as well as the main bridge still under construction, told politicians, particularly those from opposition parties, to desist from playing politics with human lives which, he said, were sacred.
“The politics we are playing in Oyo State today is politics of development. If you want to contest for any political office, come out and tell people what you have done before which qualifies you for the office you are running for. Show the people your credentials.
“It is unfortunate that some politicians, who have nothing to offer the people other than character assassination and name calling, have been visiting this bridge, politicizing human lives which are sacred. Let me tell them that the good people of Oyo State are now more politically sophisticated and they can understand their antics,’’ he said.
Governor Ajimobi particularly berated members of a certain political party who, he said, had been tampering with the pedestrian bridge under the guise of showing concern, a situation which he said had affected its foundation.
“They are not engineers and so, they are not qualified to tamper with the bridge under the guise of fixing it. We don’t want anyone to politicize human lives or the good works that our government is doing.
“We are for politics of development and not the pedestrian politics or politics of destruction, rumour and innuendoes which they are playing. We are not in the jungle. This government will not allow it,’’ he said.
The governor thus directed the contractor handling the bridge to ensure that a temporary pedestrian bridge was put in place latest by this week-end, and that the main bridge should be completed before the end of the yea