Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday declared that a million of ex-governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu cannot save the ruling APC from imminent defeat it will suffer in the 2019 general elections.
PDP in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its Publicity Secretary, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, noted that Tinubu and his co-travellers in APC were jittery of imminent defeat they would suffer in the forthcoming general elections.
Newsmen recalled that Tinubu had on Saturday in Ibadan declared that opposition was dead in Oyo with the defection of some political bigwigs in the state.
The defectors include Ex-Governor of the State, Chief Adebayo Alao Akala, Former Senate Leader Teslim Folarin, Ex-SSG Mr. Ayodele Adigun and House of Representatives member, Hon. Dokun Odebunmi among others.
But, Olatunji while reacting to Tinubu’s outburst noted that it was glaring that Tinubu already knew the fate of his party in the coming elections, noting that that was why he made such statement.
The PDP spokesperson disclosed that the so called defectors had already joined APC long ago, wondering the need “for unnecessary political jamboree at the expense of tax payers money.”
Olatunji, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his low key 75th birthday, as he charged Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state to borrow a leave from him (Buhari) instead of embarking on wasteful spending during his 68th birthday celebration held on the same day (Saturday).
The PDP spokesman while asking the governor to tell people of Oyo State, unpaid workers and striking lecturers in all the six tertiary institutions in the state how much it spent in the political jamboree and his 68th birthday, also described the two events held on the same day as wasteful.
He said “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to a National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at a function to welcome decampees who have joined APC long time ago wherein he expressed his fears indirectly over the continuous rise and dominance of PDP in Oyo State politics and Nigeria at large.
“It is absurd that 90% of the so called decampees have seized to be PDP members more than 2 years ago while the remaining 10% are politicians who makes their living through politics and hence the needs to be in the ruling party at all times because they lack ideologies and principles.
“The PDP in Oyo State actually pity Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the unenviable job of selling a rejected Oyo State APC to the electorates whereas the party hierarchy including the National Chairman of APC knew that Oyo State APC is moribund and the yesterday’s official declaration was just a charade to celebrate the birthday of Senator Ajimobi in an elaborate and wasteful manner without taken into consideration the non payment of between 9 to 16 months salaries of Oyo State tertiary institutions.
“It is in fact laughable that the APC which has totally failed in bringing together her old members who worked for her success in 2015 could recourse to panic mode just because the PDP has succeeded in uniting its fronts through the political sagacity of her leader, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.
“We were very much aware that Senator Tinubu, Governor Ajimobi and the so called decampees left the venue dejected due to the refusal of the National Chairman, Odigie Oyegun, and other party echelons to grace the occasion.
“It is on record that the only Minister from the State, Barrister Bayo Shittu, Senator Monsurat, Senator Buhari, Hon Dapo Lam Adesina and many other honorables on the platform of APC boycotted the events to the surprise of Senator Tinubu and the self acclaimed Constituted Authority, Senator Ajimobi, failing it has resorted to a failed attempt to give a false hope that APC is still alive in the State when all the indices shows that APC is virtually dead but the undertakers were admitted with funfair last Saturday.
“President Buhari’s low key celebration of his 75th birthday is worthy of emulation, this is a milestone also coming after his recovery. It calls for celebration but the mood of the nation and Oyo State in particular where poverty is at alarming rate calls for sober reflections. What is the significant of 68 to 75.
“The whole page of some National newspapers on Sat 16th of December 2019 were used to congratulate Gov Ajimobi by govt agencies. This is wasteful.
“PDP both at the National and Oyo State has been adjudged as viable, masses friendly, accommodating, transparent, fair and attractive by political stakeholders and lovers of democracy.
“It is disgusting and highly embarrassing that the Governor Ajimobi led APC government that has repeatedly failed to conduct local government elections since 2011 and has flagrantly continued to violate Nigerian constitution is living in a fantasy world that they can still get electorates votes in 2019, it is impossible.
“The good people of Oyo State have come to discover that APC is a fraud, a party of untrustworthy fellows who have failed to keep a single of its numerous promises repeatedly made to Oyo State populace.
“Since the center fail to hold under APC, the PDP has come to the rescue. APC needs to be reminded that the era of falsehood, deceits and scaremongering, which their government is known for has gone, the good people of Oyo State are just anxiously waiting for 2019 to kick them out and that’s a promise.
“A million Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu can’t save Oyo State APC from the impending political tsunami”.