The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Oyo State and the state chapter of Accord Party on Thursday engaged in a war of words over performance.
Accord leader, former Governor Rashidi Ladoja, at a rally to welcome new members into his party in Lalupon, Lagelu Local Government Area of the state, accused the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration of ineptitude.
But the APC in a statement by its Interim Publicity Secretary, Kolawole Dauda, pointedly told the former governor to focus on his ongoing trial for alleged fraud, adding that he lacks the moral rights to criticise anyone until he clears his name
Ladoja said: “The government is full of deceit. When they came in, they said they did the express way, but why can’t they develop areas like Labo, Gege Oke-Are and Isale-Osi.
“They have enslaved the people through their various lies. They claim taps are running in the state; it is not true. Half of the money they spent on flowers and landscaping could have been spent on providing classrooms and furniture in schools. If the schools they attended were like the ones they are running now, would they have attained their present status? In the past, we did not have more than 30 pupils per class, but now, in some schools, they have 10 classes being attended to by four teachers. With this, what type of future are we giving our children.
“Since Alhaji Lamidi Adesina’s death, the governor assumed he has no leader again. This government does not mean well for the people. I implore you to be law abiding and peaceful in your conduct. By the grace of God, we shall form the next government in the state with the assistance of the electorate”.
APC said: “It is only in a Third World country like ours that someone on trial for allegedly defrauding the state would not be sober, but preening himself like a turtle-dove and preparing to come back to the same seat where he performed woefully. In Oyo State, we have about three of such: Ladoja, Adebayo Alao-Akala and Femi Babalola. What unites these three governorship aspirants is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). They are all on trial for allegedly siphoning billions of the people’s money.
“In the state’s history, no government has brought as much development to the state as the APC administration. Even outsiders curse past governors for retarding the state’s growth. While they were in office, it was one violence incident or the other. While Ladoja was arrogant and did not nominate board members for close to two years, Alao-Akala was busy running after his cosmetics. It is only now that the people can point to development”.