A socio-political group of youth in Iseyin, Oyo State have declared that young people in the town would not vote for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Saturday’s governorship election due to what they termed failed promises of the party’s current administration in the state.
In a statement signed by Busari Oluwatoyin, the Coordinator and Ayo Omokunmi, the Secretary of the group accused the government of neglecting roads in the town.
The group also mentioned that the location of The Technical University, Ibadan (Tech U) in Ibadan was supposed to be sited in the town according to the promise made by Governor Ajimobi during his first and second term campaigns.
The coordinator of the group, Oluwatoyin said the decision to vote against the ruling party was agreed upon by many youth and elders in the town and across Oke Ogun, as they were unanimous in their belief that the outgoing administration had expended the goodwill it enjoyed from the people due to what he called an intentional neglect of a whole region of the state that served as its food basket.
His words: “We will be vindicated by next Saturday when the ruling party that has always won elections in our township fails to get the expected support from our people at the point they need us most. If you travel from Oyo town to Iseyin, Moniya to Iseyin or Abeokuta to Iseyin, you will see that all these roads that lead to Oke Ogun region are all in the state of collapse. People just take the risk to ply the roads daily because they have no alternative.
“We don’t expect an administration that enjoyed so much support of votes from our people in the last two terms of the incumbent government to not have done something about these roads. They think the Presidential and national assembly election would dictate where our people will go next Friday? That is a big self deceit.
“Imagine somebody that promised to give Iseyin an higher institution of learning during his campaign in 2011 but failed to do it. He came back in 2015 to use the same gimmick and today, the Technical University he promised us is at Ibadan. We are not fools. We have had enough.
“We youths and our elders have decided that no matter the money inducement and coercion by the present administration, we will vote against the ruling party.”
Comrade Busari also called on the people of Oke Ogun in general to follow the same line of action took by the group so that the region could be free from what he called ‘political slavery’ which he said had led to continuous denigration of the region by successive administrations in the State.