Folarin carpets Makinde, PDP over plot to impeach deputy governor
No Opposition Parties In Oyo, Says Gov’s Aide
The 2023 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and lawmaker representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Senator Teslim Folarin, yesterday, said the plot to impeach Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, by Governor Seyi Makinde and the state’s lawmakers would fail.
Folarin, in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yekini Olaniyi, said lawmakers and the people of the state that gave Olaniyan a 4-year mandate would resist the impeachment.
According to Folarin: “I wish to reiterate that Olaniyan’s position as the validly elected deputy governor of Oyo State is secured, constitutionally backed and his tenure ends on the 29th of May 2023.
“The impeachment process initiated by Makinde and the induced lawmakers can be best described as a coup d’etat, and will be duly resisted by the lawmakers, who have not sold their consciences and the peace-loving people of Oyo State.
“I am certain that the governor cannot get the required number to impeach his deputy because some conscientious lawmakers are already dissociating themselves from the impeachment agenda. They refused to be bought over by the governor. I commend their boldness and integrity.
“I want to remind the involved lawmakers that switching political parties is not an impeachable offence. Therefore, they should be warned not to toe the path of self-destruction.”
Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Communication, Dayo Ogunbowale, yesterday, said that there were no opposition political parties in the state.
Ogunbowale stated this while speaking on Perspectives, a live radio programme on Beat 97.9 FM, Ibadan, anchored by Oloruntoba Yusuf.
The governor’s aide said the policies and programmes of the state government have endeared Makinde to the generality of the people of the state.
Ogunbowale said the impact of the governor’s works was being felt in every sector as well as every nook and cranny of the state.
The communication aide said: “There is no opposition in Oyo State. Makinde is the man. No one can compete with him. We should focus on the people. The people are solidly behind Governor Makinde. He is the man for the job. The contest is a straight win for the Governor. There is no doubt that he has spread the dividend of democracy. The people are behind him, because he has tremendously spread good governance to all nooks and crannies of the state.”