BY SAMUEL ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyo State chapter on Tuesday, berated the State’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for celebrating what it described as “the polluted electoral process” which took place during the Kogi State governorship election held on November 16.
In a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, the Oyo PDP pointedly said that only politicians with killer instincts, propensity for vote stealing and electoral corruption would celebrate the rape of democracy witnessed in Kogi last weekend.
Olatunji commended the role played in Kogi State by the Governor Seyi Makinde, declaring that as the Chairman of the PDP Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council, he (Makindwe) discharged his responsibilities creditably and honourably.
Olatunji described a statement by the State’s chapter of APC, which attempted to mock the role played by Makinde and the loss of the PDP in the election, stating that the APC displayed “a show of buffoonery and the height of insensitivity to the families of ten persons who were felled by the bullets of sponsored marauders, who denied the PDP of its victory.”
He said that the claim by the APC that Governor Makinde abandoned his duty post to relocate to Kogi State was untrue, baseless and an indication that the Oyo State APC has become frustrated with itself, being the bad loser that it has proven to be.
Olatunji further said; “Since it was thoroughly defeated by Engineer Seyi Makinde at the March 9, Governorship election in Oyo State, the APC in the state has become an object of pity that has been clawing at one form of hallucination after the other.
“For want of what to say, the APC criticised Governor Makinde for allegedly abandoning his duty post, failing to keep major cities clean and equally failing, according to it, to pay the new N30,000 minimum wage.
“All these are at best phantom allegations, tissues of lies, opportunistic comments and a display of arrant ignorance.
“The APC is busy misinforming the public about the minimum wage when it is clear to the workers that the parameters for payment of the new minimum wage were just released by the Federal Government on the day it made the statement. How do they expect the Governor to pay wages that the parameters were not clarified by the Federal authorities?
“Besides, the APC, which ran a government that was unable to pay the national minimum wage of N18,000 for eight years previously should be ashamed of dabbling in such a discussion at this stage.
“It is on record that Governor Seyi Makinde has been doing his best to succeed in the task of keeping Ibadan and the major cities clean, though the challenges being faced in the sector right now are due to the booby traps set by the APC government, which never wished the PDP and the people well.”
The statement further stated: “Makinde, who the people know as a governor with a difference, will never abandon his duty post without doing the right thing. He has been working round the clock to keep Oyo State clean despite concerted efforts by APC loyalists to sabotage the government.”
The PDP maintained that the description of Governor Makinde as an ‘unofficial caretaker governor with a fake mandate’ demonstrated the height of irresponsibility and crass ignorance of APC leaders.
“Let it be stated clearly that the machinations of the APC to benefit where they did not sow will not materialise in Oyo State. The people of Oyo State voted massively to reject the APC and bring in Governor Makinde. The people are resolved to defend that mandate by all means necessary.
“Let us also say that the victory of Engineer Makinde in a free and fair election has been affirmed by the Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.”
The PDP noted that Governor Makinde, in the course of his duty as the chairman of the PDP Kogi State National Campaign Council carried himself in a manner befitting of an Omoluabi and leader of the Pacesetter State, adding that Makinde saw to the delivery of an issue-based campaign and peaceful comportment of the party’s affairs before, during and after the poll, despite the provocations and evil manifestations of the APC.”