Aftermath the declaration of Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, as winner of the Ondo State governorship election held on Saturday, 10 October, 2020, a group within the Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo Progressives Forum (OPF) has congratulated the Ondo State governor, describing his victory, in the face of a heated campaign and highly anticipated election, as victory for democracy, and a reward of sterling performance.
In a statement by its Chairman, Com. Kola Aderoju and Secretary, Com. Fatai Akanmu, the group urged the Ondo State governor to continue in his developmental drive, so as to continually imprint his name in the hearts and minds of the Ondo people, shame conservatives whose only desire is the pilferage of the people’s resources, as well as advertise to the whole world, that the Southwest region, in deference to the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, is eternally progressive.
In a swipe at the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who recently served as Chairman of the PDP Governorship Campaign in Ondo, OPF laughed at what it considered an “overestimation of one’s pedigree”, despite “huge deficits in capacity”.
Said OPF: “Governor Makinde seemed to have forgotten how he emerged, after years of toiling, which saw him lose everywhere, including his polling unit, in previous electoral contests, only to be helped, in 2019, by a coalition of forces.”
“Isn’t it funny, that such a lightweight politician, who rode to stardom on the back of divine intervention, human assistance, and fate, would then be at the forefront of building political empire, beginning from the Southwest.”
“Isn’t that akin to someone who hasn’t even settled down sitting, trying to stretch his legs?”
OPF notified Governor Makinde to cover his face in shame, especially given the amateurish roles he played in the Ondo polls.
“Imagine Governor Makinde holding a press conference, shouting himself hoarse that he’s rejecting a non-existent appointment of Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as Chief Returning Officer, when he should know, as a member of the Council of State, that INEC would never do such,” OPF queried.
“We urge the PDP, not to bother sending Makinde, whose political clout is weak, connections limited, and grasp of the dynamics of electoral contests poor, on such important errands again. After all, their experience in both Kogi and Ondo, should now teach them that the Oyo governor clearly lacks the capacity for such important exercise. Though we’re disinterested in the success of the PDP, nonetheless, we owe it a duty to politics, to inform it of current realities in the nation’s political climate, since premodial sentiments would’ve blinded the party to such an obvious truth,” OPF submitted.
“If PDP hopes to have any impactful performance in the 2022 Osun State governorship election, which we pray against though, it better look beyond Makinde. If not, it should be prepared for a worse outing than the Kogi and Ondo outings,” OPF averred.
The group therefore advised Makinde to concentrate on the “baby steps governance” he’s been offering Oyo State, instead of “seeking to extend tentacles that are obviously out of his reach”.