Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has told his political opponents to wait till 2023 to face him at the poll.
The governor, who was speaking while flagging off the reconstruction of the 65-kilometre Moniya-Ijaye-Iseyin Road, said the people of Oyo rejected the main opposition party in the state because they did nothing to develop the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as saying even though the previous administration awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the road, the job was not done while the money released was shared for the purpose of elections.
“We have told them to meet us in 2023,” Makinde said, adding: “Though they got money, they did nothing. They spent the money on elections but you did you vote for them? If they come to ask for your votes, will you vote for them?”
The governor further stated he was determined to execute the road contract as a way of fulfilling his campaign promise.
He said: “I appreciate you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. During our campaign from here (Moniya) to Oke-Ogun, I promised I will reconstruct the road if I become the governor and, today, I am happy that it is the same project we are flagging off.
He restated the resolve of his administration to construct infrastructure that will target the state’s economy, adding that when completed, the road, which is close to ongoing Dry Port project at Olorisaoko, will aid the movement of agricultural produce and mineral resources from Oke-Ogun area to the Dry Port for onward exporting.
The 65 kilometre road is being executed by KOPEK Construction Company, at the cost of N9.9 billion.
The governor, who described the road as an important one that can uplift the economy of the state, said his government was embarking on the total reconstruction of the road as opposed to the planned rehabilitation by the immediate past administration.
He berated how the road had been abandoned for years, culminating in loss of lives and property as well as the destruction of farm produce due to the deplorable condition of the road.
“On this project, we are not talking about patching but total reconstruction. I know you are all aware that there is a Dry Port project ongoing here in Olorisaoko. So, when they are conveying agricultural produce and solid minerals all the way from Oke-Ogun, this is the point where we will be exporting them,” he said.
Oshiomhole Withdraws Suit Challenging Suspension
Former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has withdrawn his application for stay of execution of the June 16 , 2020 of the Court of Appeal which affirmed his suspension as party boss.
He withdrew the application on Tuesday to show his acceptance of the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC), his lawyers said. Recall that the APC National Executive Council (NEC) at an emergency meeting last Thursday dissolved the NWC and appointed a caretaker committee.
A three-man panel of justices Justice Eunice Onyemenam unanimously dismissed the motion on Tuesday after it was withdrawn.
In November 2019, Oshiomhole was suspended by his Etsako Ward 10 in Edo State over anti-party activities.
Relying on that suspension, a High Court of the FCT on March 4 ordered Oshiomhole to stop parading himself as APC National Chairman.
When Oshiomhole approached the Court of Appeal, a three-man panel of justices led by Justice Onyemenam on June 16 affirmed the lower court’s ruling.
But Oshiomhole appealed to the Supreme Court and filed a motion for stay of execution of the judgment before the Court of Appeal.
While the application was pending before the Appeal Court, the APC NEC dissolved the Oshiomhole-led NWC.
Through his counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), the ex-party boss withdrew the application before the appellate court.
BREAKING: APC Caretaker Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting In Abuja
The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Committee holds it’s inaugural meeting on Monday at the National Executive Committee (NEC) room at the party’s National Secretariat on Abuja.
The meeting is about to commence.
Among the early arrived are the Secretary of the committee, Senator John Akpan Udoedege, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and the Chairman of the committee, Governir Mai Mala Buni of Your State.
Sources close to the party Secretariat said that the former deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom will present a handing over note to the committee.
I Am Happy APC Is In Crisis — Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has reacted to the leadership crisis in the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Appearing on Arise Television, the governor said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would benefit from the crisis in the APC.
The governor explained that he wants PDP to return to power, hence, we will continue to pray that APC remains in crisis.
He said, “I am happy that APC is in crisis. It is not my business to help APC to be united.
“Remember that we also had our own crisis under Ali Modu Sheriff and APC jubilated about it then. It is my prayer that they should continue to be in crisis. We have taken another state.
“Unfortunately, APC isn’t really a political party. They came together just to take over power.
“I want my party to be in power and therefore, I cannot be praying for APC not to have crisis. I hope they continue to make mistakes every day, and my party will continue to grow.”
Recall that the suspension of APC National Leader, Adams Oshiomhole by an Appeal Court had led to a leadership crisis in the party.
Following the crisis, the party’s National Executive Council, NEC, had dissolved its National Working Committee, NWC, led by Oshiomhole.
The party’s NEC immediately constituted a caretaker committee to ensure the smooth running of the party till its National convention.
APC’s NEC appointed the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, to head the Caretaker Committee.
During the meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari urged aggrieved members to suspend all court matters in the interest of the party.
The president had lamented that the party’s fortune was in jeopardy, hence the need for unity.
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