….As over 2,315 PDP, SDP members defect to APC
By Ademola Adegbite
THE All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo state, yesterday, slammed Governor Seyi Makinde for allegedly siphoning public funds rather than developing infrastructure and offering good governance to the people of the state.
In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, the party decried the worsening security situation in the state and called on the governor to act decisively on the menace of armed robbers, kidnappers and ritual killers allegedly tormenting residents of Ibadan; Ogbomoso; Ibarapa and other parts of the state.
The statement reads: “The announcement of the award of contract for the rehabilitation of 35 kilometer Iwo Road-Olodo-Lagun Road at a cost of N12.5billion by the Oyo state government at a time its counterparts in Osun awarded the reconstruction of the second stretch of the same road from Odo-Oba axis of Iwo to Osogbo, which measured 55 kilometres with more difficult terrain, for a sum of N11.3b.
“It is time we stopped Governor Makinde from forcing adulterated and fake dividends of democracy down the throat of the hapless citizenry. A state that was treated to quality delivery of road network construction under late Senator Abiola Ajimobi does not deserve the current experience of re-award and recommissioning.”
“Another issue of concern is the damage done to the security of the state in the last 40 months. We now have an administration which relies solely on the purchase of pleasure cars and vans at jaw-breaking prices as patrol vehicles for demoralised security agents. Rather than engage and partner with relevant stakeholders, the PDP government monopolises the responsibility of coordinating all stakeholders to provide security in the state and the results are evident in the menace of miscreants, armed robbers, land grabbers, political thugs and so on.
Meanwhile, over 2,315 members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Oyo State, weekend, defected to the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The defectors were received into the party by the governorship candidate of APC, Senator Teslim Folarin and Oyo Central Senatorial candidate, Dr Yunus Akintunde at Elekuro High School, Ogbere, Ibadan in Ona-Ara Local Government Area of the state.
While welcoming the new members, the Chairman of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, assured them of fairness and equity in the party.
Ibikunle said: “I welcome you to our great party, APC, as new members, and assure you of all rights accrued to the rest of our members.
“We will ensure that you benefit from every opportunity regarding the welfare of members without sentiments.”
In his speech, Folarin commended the defectors, saying they had made the right decision by joining APC.