The candidate of the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming 2019 election, Seyi Makinde, on Monday alleged that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmed Tinubu, and some businessmen’s interference in the politics of Oyo State had dragged the state backward.
He alleged that a repeat of the interference was witnessed even in the governorship primaries that took place in Ibadan, the state capital, on Sunday.
In a statement issued by the Makinde’s Campaign Office and signed by the media coordinator, Dotun Oyelade, the PDP candidate said it was disrespectful to party members and the Oyo State people for Tinubu to dictate who should rule the state, alleging that the problems Tinubu created in Lagos was still unresolved and festering.
He said, “Recall that similar imposition occurred in 2011 when a former Governor Lam Adesina was sidelined in the process leading to the adoption of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, a decision that has drawn the state back leading to record indebtedness yet unsurpassed since the creation of the state in 1976.”
“Why must outsiders insist on their stooges to rule us in Oyo State and why must we always accept their orders when what is left is a crumbling empire? For me, the masses of the state remain my motivators because they will insist that we build the state together for the benefit of all.”