Opposition will be buried during council poll, says Ajimobi
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said that the opposition will be “silenced and finally buried” in the next council election, which he said would hold in the first quarter of next year.
Ajimobi spoke yesterday during the swearing in of the Chairmen of Councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) affected by legal constraints instituted by the seven Baales in Oyo township over boundary matters.
He expresseed confidence that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has done well as a party to win all the available elective positions in the next council polls.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja recently granted a relief to the State to go ahead with the processes towards conducting LG elections. The relief prompted the State administration to fill the vacant spaces in the affected LGAs and LCDAs.
Ajimobi said the reprieve gotten from the High Court had given the needed impetus for the State to commence activities towards the LG polls. He described the swearing in of the council bosses as the concluding parts of the episode of appointment of caretaker chairmen.
He said: “Let me just quickly remind us that what we are doing today is just what I called the concluding part of our episode in the appointment of caretaker chairmen. It is my hope and wishes and I assure you that after these four months, there will definitely be an election.
“And I think is in our interest to have an election. One, because we have done well as a party. There is no doubt in my mind that any election that is conducted today or tomorrow we will clear them hundred percent.
“The second reason being the fact that virtually all the other parties have gone moribund. They are, relatively speaking, dead but let us do an election to bury them. So it is in this context that I solicit the support of all of you that are newly sworn in as caretaker chairmen, knowing the fact that your swearing in was delayed due to legal issue and challenges but we are happy to say that they are now being resolved, they have been resolved.”
While thanking the members of state assembly led by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abdulwasi Musa to witness the swearing in, for the prompt response in approving the nominees, the governor said his administration is becoming better in the areas of managing political mischiefs and intrigues associated with politics.
“I like to particularly thank the honourable speaker, deputy speaker and all the honourable members of the Oyo State House of Assembly for their commitment and support which again has been manifested here by their presence.
“We gave them the list a couple of days and immediate they worked on it and they approved them. And the initial ones they rejected was about the challenges of politics but more and more we are becoming gurus and experts in managing mischiefs and intrigues and we thank God that now we have conquered mischiefs and intrigues.
“We also know very well that the LCDAs and the other ones that we have not appointed people to will be done before the end of this month because I believe that steps are being taken to resolve any outstanding issues as a matter of out of court settlement, if there are still any that are still outstanding, because we have been told that all legal matters are now being resolved. So, if there is still any doubt in any body’s mind, we are clearing it today that we will, and I am repeating it knowing that a gentleman’s word is his honour and we have honour, that we will do election come three and half months from now.
“We will give the notice which is legally and constitutionally required, we will write letters and give them the 90 days that is required and after that there will be elections and I am using this opportunity as well to while congratulating all of you, you are free to run but your success will depend on your performance.
Charging the newly sworn-in council bosses on delivering on the promises of the party to the people, governor Ajimobi said his administration has been able to redefine governance in the state.
“You have been carefully selected, not because we like you but because we like what we believe that you can do and deliver. I will like to reiterate that this government is a government for the people by the people and for the people. It is a government of the enlightened for the enlightened and by the enlightened. We have migrated from the government of the unenlightened by the unenlightened and for the unenlightened.
“So, we charge you to do this job well. Your positions are not the position of aggrandizement. You are coming in at a time that is difficult that requires intellectualism and intelligent management of resources. We believe that you will do well.”