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Ajimobi deserves second term

Published by The Nation on Tue, 09 Sep 2014

Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle is the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Parastatals . In this interview with OSEHEYE OKWUOFU, the former Private Secretary to former Governor Lam Adesina speaks on why his boss deserves a second term.Do you think that Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi deserves a second term'The governor is a performer. I am not new in politics. I have been around since the Second Republic. I know the meaning of good governance and performance. Ive compared notes and Im now satisfied that Ajimobi has performed and I believe that, judging by his performance, bAjimobi is a successful governor. In Oyo State, if they know that somebody is playing tricks on them, they know how to go about it and those ones that have played tricks on them and have done one thing or the other to siphon funds, they know and that is why they voted them out. That is why there is no serious candidate in the PDP, Accord Party and the Labour Party. They can not come up with a serious candidate. We will soon call on the members of the Labour Party because they are part of us. We are brothers and we know ourselves and I am one of the politicians that can convince people to come back. I am trying to start that very soon. So, talking of the 2015 contest , I dont think Ajimobi should be distracted by rumours . He should remain focused because he has done very well . And the people of Oyo State appreciate him. Even those in the Diaspora , when they come to Ibadan, Iseyin, Ogbomoso, they saw that things are improving and they are eager to come home now to set up businesses .Quite a number of industries and companies are springing as a result of the conducive environment that Ajimobi has provided. More than 10 industries have been established and nobody will come and invest where he will not make profit. That has led to massive employment for the people and all those that are engaged in thuggery have shunned the unruly behaviour because they are engaged. So, there is peace, there is work, there is clean environment, there is infrastructural development and mass transit now operates . So, I dont see why Ajimobi should not continue as the governor of Oyo State.Opposition politicians, including Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Hon. Afeez Gbolarumi, and Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, dont believe that Ajimobi is performingI dont believe what they are saying. I cant say much about Adewolu Ladoja and Akala because the two have been in government and we can compare note. When Akala and Ladoja were in government, we knew what the state went through under the 11 months that Akala was in charges. It was full of killing, thuggery,violence and sporandic shootings. There was no peace of mind, no developmental project, no infrastructural development, nothing. But now, when you say development, eyes could see it.Today, Ajimobis government has provided employment for many people and graduates Without peace and security and infrastructural development, no industry can thrive anywhere. We are virtually competing with Lagos State now because Lagos State has no enough land. There was a time I travelled with my the governor to London, about eight countries indicated interest that they were coming to Oyo State and four are now in the state, setting up factories. By the time Ajimobi was speaking at the conference about vast opportunities in Oyo State, I was so proud that I am from Oyo. He is an international figure who has acquired the experience to transform the state within a very short period and that is exactly what he has done. He was prepared and God has prepared him. I am convinced that hes a performer and he will defeat anybody in 2015, based on his sterling performance. So, dont mind what Ladoja, Alao-Akala and others are saying. They are only jealous of his achievements. What they failed to accomplish for four years, Ajimobi has achieved it in two years.But, some people have said that Alao-Akala is loved by many because of his generosity and openness' Im a politician too. As a politician, we have disciples who will go out and sell you as their role model, so that is what is happening to Akala. They dont talk about performance, they talk about personality. They are selling Alao-Akalas personality, not what he has achieved. If Im talking about Ajimobi, lm talking about what he has done; Im not talking about Ajimobi as a person. Im talking about mass transit, infrastructural development, road networks; things that are physically seen, a lot of industries have sprang up due to the clean environment and peace and security. Despite meagre funds available to him, he has done his best.Are you saying that Alao-Akala did not use state funds judiciously'I cannot say. I was not a member of the PDP and I didnt participate in his government. So, I wouldnt know whether he was giving out money or not. But, Im talking about achievement that is physically seen. Its not because Im a member of the APC or Ajimobis political appointee. Go to troubled spots in the state and see what has taken place there. Go from Mokola to Challenge and see what is happening there; from Challenge to Toll Gate and see what is happening there. From Onireke junction to Jericho, see what is happening there. From Jericho to Iyaganku, see what is happening there. Go to Iseyin and see what is happening there. Enter Ogbomoso and see what is happening there. See what is happening in the transportation system in Oyo State that was so cumbersome. But now, even if you are blind, you would see it.Are you saying that Ajimobi will defeat the candidates of PDP and Accord Party'Ajimobi will defeat any candidate. Tell me who is qualified to match Ajimobi in the PDP' Is it Alao-Akala or who' Talk of Accord Party, is it Ladoja or who' I can confidently say that they are no match for Ajimobi .But, the PDP is saying that the Jonathan Administration has done much for Oyo StateWhat achievements' For eight years, the achievements they can showcase are corruption, violence, thuggery and destruction of properties . This is still fresh in the peoples memory. May be, they thought we have forgotten all these. The PDP has no genuine plan to win any free and fair election. They want hijack and steal votes. But, we are going to look into it this time around. We will work at ensuring that people exercise their rights and that their votes would be counted and announced. No shortcut to victory.]]>
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