By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state on Monday lashed out at a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, for allegedly favoring Governor Abiola Ajimobi very low in terms governance.
APC in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its Oyo State Public Relations Officer,Comrade Olawale Sadare accused Senator Lanlehin of berating Governor Ajimobi while featuring on an Ibadan-based radio programme tagged ‘Political Circuit’ at the weekend.
The party in the statement alleged Senator Lanlehin of “being popular for politics of bitterness and vindictiveness.” saying. “what else could have made a person with functioning sight to argue that Gov. Ajimobi has not done anything in the last six years if not hypocrisy and lack of sincerity coupled with the fact that the character, in question, is known for his politics of bitterness and vindictiveness?
“For the avoidance of doubt, people like Senator Lanlehin who lived outside the state could not invite their friends to accompany them to Ibadan whenever they visited their kinsmen. Ajimobi came on board in 2011 on account of insecurity, filthy environment and incessant political upheavals. Now that Ajimobi has turned things round for the better, the best Lanlehin could do was to refuse to acknowledge him all in the name of playing politics.” APC said.
The party added “meanwhile, we do not have problem with Senator Lanlehin bad mouthing the governor and our party at any given opportunity since he reserves all the right to be bitter and cry over spilled milk as long as he wishes. We only need to remind him that everything he has achieved in politics today was through the progressive platform but it is unfortunate that he has never appreciated this, rather he always betrayed the trust.”
“After inflicting a life-long political injury on himself by dumping the ACN/APC in 2014, it is disturbing that Senator Lanlehin would still hold Governor Ajimobi responsible for his current woes. What kind of political player would live in Lagos and frequently sneak into Ibadan at will to rock the boat? In the progressive fold, he became a member of the House of Representatives in 1991, a Commissioner in 1999 and a Senator in 2011 but he now chooses to serve a reactionary force in Ladoja. Is Ajimobi to blame?
APC stressed in the statement that all what Senator Lanlehin ” could do with our mandate at the Senate between 2011 and 2015 was to hold furtive and nocturnal meetings with former President Goodluck Jonathan’s agents in Abuja for his own selfishness and the result is where he has found himself today. We await the time he would declare his 2019 gubernatorial ambition for us to let the cat out of the bag.”.
It will be recalled that Senator Lanlehin during the radio programme said “in a situation where somebody grabs all the power and refuses to use it to better the lot of the people but only talks down on them, it will not be possible to stay put with such people”, Lanlehin said, on why he could not be in the same party with the governor.
He also alleged Governor Ajimobi of constructing massive 4-lane roads while residents are hungry. He stated that what the state needed were simply internal roads that would help farmers in rural areas move their produce and that the governor was not sincere as he was not ready to conduct local government elections.