by Segun Odeleye
The Oyo governorship seat is one of the toughest which the All Progressives Congress (APC) will have to defend in the February elections. Governor Abiola Ajimobi is facing very strong challengers in the persons of his two immediate predecessors, Adebayo Alao-Akala of the Labour Party and Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party. In Sen. Teslim Folarin, the PDP also presents a formidable challenger for the seat.
On Saturday, APC stalwarts in the South West stormed Ibadan, the Oyo capital to flag off the re-election bid of the governor at an event which held at Mapo Hall.
Those present at the event include APC leader and former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Deputy National Chairman of the party in the south, Segun Oni, as well as former governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Kayode Fayemi.
The men took turns to criticise the PDP government at the centre, whose 16-year rule, they said, has been riddled with issues of bad governance, corruption and insecurity, among others.
Reject the PDP on February 14 and February 28 was the battle cry of the APC leaders.
On his part, Tinubu accused the Federal Government of squandering proceeds from 400 barrels of petroleum products on daily basis. While justifying why his party wanted PDP and President Jonathan out of power, Tinubu insisted that the current central government had allowed the country’s resources to be frittered away.
“Under their nose, 400,000 barrel of oil is stolen per day and they say they don’t see it. The resources that would have been used for your benefit and my benefit are frittered away.”
On Oyo state politics, Tinubu criticised the Accord party governorship candidate, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, describing him as ungrateful to the APC and particularly those of them that struggled to ensure he was reinstated after his illegal impeachment in 2006.