Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Tuesday sent a note of warning to the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections, Naija News reports.
Makinde who is seeking to return for a second term in office, said the state would not want to return to the era of the APC where retirees and pensioners were embarrassed and compared to the dead after demanding what rightly belong to them. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor in a statement through the party’s Publicly Secretary in the state, Akeem Olatunji, said the political agenda and candidates of the APC were dead on arrival as far as Oyo State is concerned. According to him, the ambitious APC is not only laughable but also devoid of any atom of shame, empathy, and remorse for the pain, and emotional and psychological trauma it caused the people of the state for eight years when it was in power. Naija News understands that PDP was reacting to some comments credited to the APC through its state publicity secretary, Olawale Sadare. Previously, Sadare boasted that APC is heading for a clear victory in the 2023 elections provided the atmosphere of free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria is not tampered with. The APC spokesperson had claimed in the statement that the party was in possession of an intelligence report revealing how Governor Makinde had compromised some bad eggs within INEC to achieve his aim of making his re-election a walk-over as he had earlier boasted. Replying to the series of unhealthy comments against the PDP and Governor Makinde, Olatunji said the opposition’s desperation to take over the state was being fuelled by a lack of access to the state coffers. He said: “If Makinde was at the very least power drunk as shamefully alleged by our noisy neighbours, many of its members would have been languishing in jail by now. Governor Makinde, a peaceful and peace-loving person epitomised, has remained calm even in the face of unprovoked verbal assaults and vituperative remarks from the APC in the state against his person and personality outside of government. “Could any opposition party member or members dare half of what APC is recklessly doing now with its government between 2011 and 2019? But we believe this is the beauty of democracy. “It was on record how the then APC governor publicly bullied retirees and pensioners who demanded what rightfully belonged to them and even compared them with dead people, it was also on record how the APC government despite its monumental failure in education shamefully disgraced itself while engaging in a needless face-off with protesting LAUTECH students after over two whole years of being on strike.”
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