A socio-political group in Oyo State, the Oyo Kajola Group, has maintained that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engr Seyi Makinde, is well-prepared and ready to lift the people of the state out of poverty.
The group said this in reply to another group, Friends of Bayo Adelabu, which said that Makinde’s performance at debates indicated that he was unprepared to govern the state, advising him to withdraw from the 2019 race and wait till 2023.
Kajola Group maintained that Makinde by his actions, words and engagements with the people, has shown that he is “far more prepared to be a humane, godfearing and a people-centric governor than Bayo Adelabu, the group’s paymaster, could ever be.”
In a statement signed by its media coordinator, Taiwo Ogunlade, the Oyo Kajola Group stated that Adelabu showed arrogance by saying Makinde should drop out of the race, adding that “the people of the state will, on March 2, tell Adelabu that they cannot endure another four years of executive arrogance and deception.”
According to the group, “the next governorship election in Oyo State will not be determined by how fast a candidate can speak or how boastful he is; it will be about the people and the people of Oyo State have seen the APC’s true colour as a violent, deceptive and untrustworthy party that does not mean well for the state.”
It added: “The people of Oyo State have noted the violence and brigandage that is common with Adelabu and APC’s campaign; they will not forget the disruption of peace and order by APC thugs in different areas of the state capital and they certainly will not forget the blood of the innocent shed in Ibarapa. And if we are even to address the performance at debates; the people of Oyo State know the candidate that is confused, who says continuity in one breath and challenges the performance of the Ajimobi-led state government in another.
“Most importantly, the people of Oyo State have decided to elect Makinde, who has clearly spelt-out policies to lift the state out of poverty through agricultural revolution and social inclusion. Since 2000, Makinde has been in the business of lifting people out of poverty and improving lives while Adelabu was still learning the ropes in the banking sector and so, Makinde is clearly more prepared as a person and as a governorship candidate than Adelabu could ever be”.