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Can Oyo State Afford To Play Opposition Politics, 2019-2023? Babs Oduyoye Explains

The Oasis Reporters

March 5, 2019

APC Candidate, Adebayo Adelabu of the APC (left), and PDP candidate, Seyi Makinde. They are the two front line candidates.

What is opposition? All politics is local. I voted in the presidential election; I am a member of the Afenifere and we supported Atiku. But I am more concerned about who is going to be the next governor of this state.
I am more concerned about who is going to lead Oyo State from May 29, 2019.

Chief Awolowo was in the opposition when he was Premier [of the Western Region] and the best things that happened to Western Nigeria was being in the opposition.
Move from Awolowo to Bola Ige, who governed Oyo State from 1979 to 1983. Move from Bola Ige to Lam Adesina and even the incumbent Governor Ajimobi, they all were governors under a Federal Government controlled by another party. If I am told to analyse the first and second terms of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, I will say without fear that his first term was better than his second term. He was in the opposition under Jonathan when he recorded the achievements in his first term, which are better than this second term. Even Governor Ajimobi knows that his first term under the opposition is far better than his second term.

Senator Bola Tinubu, who they now refer to as governor-emeritus, was governor in Lagos State for eight years under opposition, same for former Governor Babatunde Fashola, and today, APC continues to use Lagos as an example of good governance, so what is bad in Oyo State being in the opposition so that we can break away from this era of lazy dependence on federal allocations and peanuts?

People of Oyo State should not be swayed by the propaganda that the state should not be in the opposition. I am not bothered about who is president, but I am more bothered by who is governor of Oyo State; I am bothered about who is going to increase the internally generated revenue, block leakages and run a government with human face. They should stop the propaganda that Oyo State cannot afford to be under opposition. What will change?

Look at Governor Emmanuel Udom in Akwa Ibom, he just launched Ibom Air. He achieved a feat that the Federal Government could not manage despite wasting billions and his state is in the opposition. How many APC states achieved that despite belonging to the ruling party at the centre?

Written by Hon Babs Oduyoye

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