The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State has reacted to statement by the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, that Governor Seyi Makinde was wrong to have sacked council chairmen in the state.
In a statement by its publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, the party said the APC is yet to recover from the electoral shock it developed after the 2019 elections.
The attention of Oyo State PDP has been drawn to a reckless and unguarded press release credited to Oyo State APC in which they kicked against measures to prevent premeditated violence by members of the proscribed NURTW and looting spree in the local councils across the state.
It is pertinent to note that Oyo State APC leadership are yet to grapple with the fact that their 8 years ignoble reign of suffering, impunity, desecration of traditional institution and unimaginable looting of the state resources have come to an end.
Hence their attempt to stifle the efforts of Engr Seyi Makinde PDP led administration to reconstruct and reposition Oyo State to reclaim her lost glory.
The dissolution of the local governments and LCDA is long overdue as the former Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, knew very well that they were illegal contraptions created to empower his SENACO faction to the detriment of other tendencies in APC while all laid down rules, procedures and processes in creating LCDA and organizating credible elections were violated.
The recent pockets of violence witnessed in the state which necessitated the proscription of NURTW could be traced to APC in Oyo state so as to create artificial unrest to discredit the new government forgetting that the poor populace they had once governed are at the receiving end of their crude means of playing opposition.
In a saner clime, the likes of the former Governor, Sen Abiola Ajimobi, are supposed to be accounting for their misdeed and unprecedented corruption while in office as the debt burden of almost N300 billion Naira inherited by Governor Seyi Makinde requires deep thinking and strategic planning to proffer solutions for the sake of common man on the street.
On the issue of N30,000 minimum wage, we would like to remind Oyo state APC that they have never pretended their disdain for workers and that’s why they failed to implement N18,000 minimum wages even at the height of oil boom in the country. Also, the former governor Ajimobi-led APC government is reputed to have sacked the highest number of workers in the history of Oyo state and in most cases over spurious allegations.
Ours is a masses oriented and workers friendly government, the welfare of the workers is paramount to PDP government and that informed the decision of Engr Seyi Makinde led administration to set up a high power committee to dialogue with the labour on suitable options and salary scale while the government put her thinking caps to improve the state economy to the extent that Oyo state workers can earn more than the N30,000 minimum wages.
We hereby advise APC in Oyo state to learn from PDP who despite been in opposition for many years never resulted to instigating disorderliness and confusion as presently being perpetrated by Oyo state APC.