The All Progressives Congress(APC) in Oyo State, on Tuesday said the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) government in the state, led by Engr. Seyi Makinde is built on falsehood and propaganda.
The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olatunde, said the Attorney General(AG) and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo’s oscillating contradiction on a television programme on Monday, while trying to defend the governor’s sacking of the elected council chairmen, shows the level of executive rascality being perpetrated by the Makinde-led government.
” Imagine Oyo State AG and Justice Commissioner admitting that Nigeria is operating a federal system of government which guarantees independence for the three tiers of government in which Oyo AG freely and happily quoted the Supreme Court judgement of Federal Government versus Lagos State on one hand but hypocritically refused to acknowledge the similarity in the Supreme Court verdict of Olubunmi versus Ekiti State government, which is applicable to the constitutional logjam we are experiencing in Oyo State, on which premise AGF Abubakar Malami intervened in Oyo State LG crisis.
“Several times, Oyo State government and its party, PDP, had rolled out a lot of fibs to the undiscerning public of restraining injunction against the May 12, 2018 local government elections in the state and APC Oyo State has challenged the governor and his party, PDP, several times to no avail, to produce the restraining injunction with the name of the judges that made the pronouncement.They will not be able to produce any restraining injunction because it is all lies,” Olatunde said.
The APC said it was too bad that the learned AG and would be so audacious to claim on a national television channel that the governor’s sacking of the council chairmen was informed by the audit of infrastructure left behind by his predecessor, adding that did the Makinde-led government audited the infrastructure within 12-24 hours of assumption of office.
According to APC, “the sad tale of the present ongoing scenario is the return to anarchy in Oyo State with the Oyo government hatchet men chasing the elected council chairmen and councillors from their various homes for the past one week now, which has resulted to injury to scores of our party stalwarts and reported death of yet to be confirmed figures of our party members.
“While Gov Seyi Makinde was in court for his governorship election, President Muhammadu Buhari never asked him to step aside, we are surprised at the interpretation of the federal system of government as it is applicable to the PDP government of Engr Seyi Makinde, asking elected council officials to step aside and then appoint caretaker chairmen to usurp their positions when the government openly admitted that the elected officials have litigation against the government.”
Olatunde further stated that it is very unfortunate that Oyo State that has been peaceful for eight years under the immediate past government of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi would in less than one year of transition of power to PDP government revert to chaos, brigandage and violence.
He appealed to those who have the ears of the governor to advice him to wake up to his constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and properties of all residents, irrespective of party affiliation.
“APC Oyo State meanwhile call on the security agencies to be proactive by ensuring all agent of violence are put in check and equally appeal to all the stakeholders in the affairs of Oyo State to please sheath their swords and give peace a chance.
“The APC government of Sen Abiola Ajimobi brought peace to Oyo State for eight years. APC stands for peace and will never support whatever will truncate peaceful coexistence of Oyo State residents,” the statement said.
The APC Publicity Secretary advised governor to wake up from his slumber, saying the party believes that nobody’s political ambition deserves the blood letting already being experienced.
“We sympathise with the family of those who lost their siblings to the avoidable blood letting as well as wish quick healing and recovery to the injured ones,” Olatunde added.