Qudirat Hakeem-Apanpa, Ibadan
Sequel to the rumour that legislators are out to impeach Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked two former governors of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala and Rashidi Ladoja, to stop shedding what it termed “crocodile tears”.
The party reminded the two as operators of chaotic governments, adding that cannot now pretend that their administrations were peaceful, and queried: “Why would they be hell bent in ensuring that Ajimobi is impeached?”
The party made this known in a release issued by its party chairman, Chief Akin Oke, in reaction to two separate statements credited to the two former governors last weekend.
The APC said that the two former governors did not have the moral right to postulate or advise any government on peace since they headed governments that were renowned for brigandage, thuggery and bloodshed.
“Isn’t it an irony that Akala and Ladoja would tell us how peaceful our state would be with a House of Assembly that is devoid of rancor? Both of them ran a government whose Houses of Assembly were like Israel and Palestine and the Governor’s Office like Gaza, even when members were of the same Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” the APC said.
According to the ruling party in the state, “It came to a head when touts stormed the Assembly, beat Honourable members to a pulp and a Chief Thug declared the governor impeached. Hundreds of our people were felled in the violence and bloodshed that the two of them abetted. Both of them have the blood of our people on their hands.”
The APC said that the two former governors were banking on the short memory theory of the Nigerian electorate in seeking to come back to rule the state.
“For how long will they continue to assume that our people have short memories and have forgotten so soon their reigns of terror, incompetence and corruption? For how long will they continue to assume that those who lost their loved ones in the crossfire they both ignited using NURTW thugs will embrace them again at the polls and forget our governor who has been working 24hrs a day for their tomorrow?” the APC asked.
The party said that if the two former governors were banking on a repeat of the Ekiti syndrome in Oyo State, they would be thoroughly disappointed as the people of the state pride their tomorrow than the “unenduring offerings” of today.
The APC said of the two former Governors: “They both forcefully removed the famous Oyo State, the land of firsts, from the radar of development and dragged government to their levels. In the hands of one, Oyo became no more than a cosmetic kit and in the hands of the other, Oyo became drab, clueless and without form. It took the pedigree and depth of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to retrieve our dear state from social and governmental disintegration”.
Chief Oke advised the two former governors to divert their energies into getting quality lawyers to defend them in the fraud cases leveled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He asked if it was a coincidence that virtually all PDP aspirants to the governorship of the state had fraud cases against them in courts.
The APC said that its party-led government would go down into history book in the state as the first party to win the governorship seat twice, stating that both Akala and Ladoja would soon be retired from active politics after the 2015 elections.