The Oyo State Executive Council has directed an immediate interface between top government officials and…
Oyo LG Poll: Ajimobi preaches unity, commitment among APC members
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has emphasized the need for cooperation and commitment by members of the All Progressives Congress to promote the party’s progressive ideals.
Speaking at an enlarged meeting of the party’s members drawn from Ibadan/Ibarapa zone, held on Tuesday, in Ibadan, he appealed to members to shelve individual ambitions that might threaten the long term interest of the party.
He assured all aspirants of a fair playing ground, adding that the party would ensure it fielded popular and loyal members capable of winning elections for the party.
He assured aspirants jostling to fly the flag of the party during the election that the party would hold normal primaries, which he said that the leaders of the party would moderate to ensure that the exercise was not hijacked by those with primordial interests.
Ajimobi said, “We called this meeting so that no member will be discriminated against, no matter the former political parties they belonged to before joining APC, or any group they identify with within the party. The party belongs to us all and we must unite ahead of the election.
“This meeting is important for the cohesion of members and for internal campaign processes to commence and to make opposition parties know that we are together.
“It is for sure that we would have election to the local councils and our party will certainly conduct primary election before the general election to enhance the success of our party.
“Whether we like it or not democracy must be guided and we will do that to ensure victory for our party. The likes of late Chief Bola Ige and Lam Adeshina guided processes that led to all elections during their time and this accounts for the progressives politics we all talk about today.
“We will not shy away from doing same. We will expect loyal party members to tow the stipulations of the leaders.”
Ajimobi, who had earlier in the day attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Lagos-Ibadan fast rail project, which was flagged off by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, in Yaba, Lagos, said that the project would open Oyo State to a new vista of development.
As the gateway to the rest of the country, the governor hinted that Ibadan stands to gain more from the project as the fast rail project would boost the earning capacity of the government and the people.
The governor said, “Agriculture will receive a boost because the rail transport will be cheaper for farmers to get their produce to the market, while employment opportunities will be available for our youths and skilled workers during the project execution.
“Furthermore, the cost of maintenance of roads will be drastically reduced as the traffic of long lorries that cause road dilapidation would be reduced on our roads. We will have enough resources to create and maintain other social services.”