The verbal war between a former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, and the incumbent administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi of a land gift has refused to die.
The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Tuesday stepped into the feud, challenging Ladoja to show proof of his claim that his failure to pay for the land, as disclosed by Governor Ajimobi, was because the state is yet to respond to his letter of demand for the cost.
The party asked the former Governor to produce evidence of his letter of request in that regard.
The land was allocated to him, free of charge, and out of Ajimobi’s benevolence, the party declared pointedly, adding that the Governor’s action is backed by law.
The party’s position was contained in a statement issued in Ibadan, the state capital, by its Director of Media, Research and Strategy, Dr Abdul Azeez Olatunde.
It quoted section 17 (1) of the Land Use Act of 1978, which states: “The Governor may grant a statutory right of occupancy free of rent or at a reduced rent in any case in which he is satisfied that it would be in the public interest to do.”
However, the statement did not disclose how the gifting of state land to a private citizen is in the public interest.
Olatunde said that the statement credited to the media aide to the former governor was not only misleading but also an attempt to rubbish the goodwill as well as benevolent act of Ajimobi.
He said, “We consider the statement credited to Senator Ladoja’s media aide as an unnecessary effrontery in the face of facts which we have placed before the general public. We are not really surprised because it has been the stock in trade of Senator Ladoja to distort facts as evident (sic) by his many claims of initiating key achievements of Governor Ajimobi.
“After the inauguration of the Mokola flyover, Senator Ladoja went to town claiming that the project was sub-standard, hence, the need to put a crossbar by the government. But not long after, the government showed many bridges with barriers both locally and internationally. This is not the first time Senator Ladoja and his cohorts will be telling white lies to misinform the general public.
“Not long ago as well, Mr. Seyi Makinde, a serial gubernatorial candidate and party sole proprietor like Senator Ladoja, in a statement said that governor Ajimobi lied about their meeting prior to 2015 elections. Dignifying Mr. Makinde with a response will amount to coming to the level of a confused man. He does not know what he wants and it will be a total disaster having an individual like him at the helms of affairs in the state,” Azeez stated.