THE recent statement credited to Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola that the people of the South-West Nigeria should identify with the mainstream politics, by joining the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been described as the abyss of hopelessness which emanated from a deceitful militocrat.
A pan-Yoruba socio-political and economic organization, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), in Osun State, in a statement signed by the protem Secretary and protem Publicity Secretary of the group in the state, Barrister Gbenga Akano and Mr. Kola Olabisi and made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo on Tuesday, noted that the dividends of democracy largely mouthed by the PDP have not impacted positively on the people of the South-West Nigeria.
Oyinlola who was said to have called on the Yoruba people to join the mainstream politics at the Ijabe Day, Ijabe, a community in Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area of the state last weekend, was condemned as being responsible for the sky-high and unaffordable-to-the masses university tuition fees, that has reportedly infected other tertiary institutions across the state and beyond.
“Where then is the essence of joining the so-called mainstream politics as canvassed by Oyinlola, when education, which is supposed to be accessed by all, is hard to come by?” the ARG queried.
“The seeming popularity of the PDP in the nation’s polity cannot be said to be as a result of performance that can be said to be people-oriented, but the party in the consciousness of the people has, at all times, only awaken them to the unprecedented corruption that has been the party’s official culture.
“In Osun State, Oyinlola’s failed Honey-comb projects, tricycle scam, tractorgate, the misappropriation of the state funds for the dead-on-delivery Drug Manufacturing Company and quite a lot of other half-baked white elephant programmes or projects cannot go for an incentive basis for the highly educated and politically-conscious South-West people to join the PDP bandwagon of cheats and public treasury looters. The ARG would rather advise Oyinlola to retrace his steps, if his claim to be an Awoist should be treated as proclaimed.”
The group, which restated its resolve to keep the people of the South-West out of the mainstream politics as it is currently being played, advised the Yoruba people to discountenance what it called the unpopular and ill-motivated call made by Oyinlola, describing the state chief executive as being “grossly insincere to himself, talkless of being sincere to the people on whose back he fraudulently rode to power”.
ARG identified various abandoned Federal roads and other projects in the state like the Aerodrome at Ido-Osun, which it said, are highlights of the PDP’s non-performance in the state, whose helmsman is calling for the people in the South-West to join the mainstream.
“The Yoruba cannot forget easily how the Cicero of Esa-Oke, an illustrious son of the South-West, Chief Bola Ige, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice was deceitfully lured by the cabal in the PDP to help give credibility to their dubious hold on to power, but subsequently slaughtered like a ram in his Ibadan, Oyo State residence by people suspected to be desperate for the political soul of Yorubaland.
“The memory of Yoruba can also not be short to have forgotten so soon how the renowned Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, accused the PDP leaders and members of being a nest of killers, who were dancing on the graveyard of one of their victims, Chief Ige.
“If former Osun State Governor Bisi Akande had hearkened to the bait of the author of do-or-die politics, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Oyinlola’s godfather, to serve as a minister, the National Chairman of Action Congress (AC) would have also been rubbished, if only he is lucky enough to stay alive”, the ARG submitted.