The Accord Party in Oyo state on Saturday, flagged off political compaign, boasting that the party will defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and other opposition elements in the coming 2019 general elections.
The state secretary of the party, Mr. Sunday Igbinsola who made this known yesterday while speaking with newsmen at the party’s campaign flag-off in Ibadan.
He decried the high level of poverty in the state, saying Accord party was ready to tackle poverty in Oyo state if elected.
“Accord has the most credible candidates in the forthcoming elections. People that have no blemish; we parade people with no criminal records. From governorship candidate, to senators, federal representatives to state assembly candidates, they are all people with unquestionable character. Our party’s gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Saheed Ajadi is a complete gentleman, a professional who has used his wealth of experience to assist in developing some states in the south west, including states under APC.
“We have a solid platform to capitalize on, coupled with the consistency of our leaders, for instance most of our leaders, elders that started this party with Senator Rashidi Ladoja in 2011 are still with us and are solidly behind all our candidates. In fact, majority of our part candidates joined the party in 2011, including our governorship candidate. We thank God he won the ticket to be our party flag bearer in the coming elections, very reliable and intelligent, among all his contemporaries, he stands tall.
“We still have with us Pa Solomon Adeniran, party leader in Akinyele Local Government, Pa (Rt. Major) Bola Bolarinwa, party leader in Ona-Ara, who is also the chairman of chairmen, Pa Abraham Adeniran, party leader in Ibadan Southeast, Alhaja Kafaya Adenuga, former Party women leader under Late Chief Lamidi Adedibu, now Accord women leader, Ibadan Southeast, Pa Jacob Omoniyi, party chairman, Ibadan North. Honestly, the structure remains unshaken”, he said.
Igbinsola further chastised the present administration in the state, led by Senator Ajimobi, by accused the governor of destroying good works left by the past governors.
According to him, the standard of governance in Oyo state is very low, poor and of no direction.
While calling for a change in government, he argued that what the people really need was real change.
The party’s state chairman, Hon. Muda Ogunsola in his remarks promised that Accord would declare state of emergency in education after the emergence of its gubernatorial candidate, as the governor of the state in May 2019.
Ogunsola in his address assured people that Accord party will do overall restructuring of the state to correct all wrongs of the Ajimobi’s administration.
“By the special grace of God, we must do the restructuring of the state. We must do total restructuring of Oyo state not only Nigeria. We must do the restructuring, because our enviable pacesetter state then is coming the least on the table of development now and everything must be restructured.
“We are going to declare state of emergency on education. Today, you will notice that the level of our education in Oyo state has gone down beyond reasonable level. Our hospitals are in comatose today. Unemployment is rising by the day. All these shall be tackled when we take over next year, “he said.
Ogunsola also vowed that the party will defeat the APC gubernatorial candidate and all candidates put forward by the party in the forthcoming general elections.
He said, “God will disgrace those sharing money to get votes in the 2019 election. We shall allow youths and women to lead government. That is why we presented young people as our candidates. Our party is a discipline party and that is why we don’t have any crisis, no godfathers and no court case in the party.”
Gubernatorial candidate of the party while speaking said he will change the future of the state and lift the state to enviable status.
“I am running for the office to serve the people of the state. I am not for embezzlement, I’m here to serve. We will improve hospital funding, engage the youth. We shall convert waste to wealth as soon as we come on board,” Ajadi stated.
A former member of House of Representatives, who is also contesting to return to National Assembly, Hon. Adebukola Ajaja in her speech warned against vote buying, saying the party was prepared to take the mantle of leadership in 2019.
“Stop buying peoples conscience through vote buying, allow people to vote for candidate of their choice. Women should come out to vote, women should be involved in politics. Politics cannot change or stain your good behaviour, rather it will give you opportunity to serve your people.” she warned.