The President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), the umbrella body of all indigenes of Ibadan, Chief Yemi Soladoye on Wednesday declared that the council will not support any of the gubernatorial candidate ahead of the March 2nd election.
The gubernatorial candidates contesting the election include Barrister Sharafadeen Alli of Zenith Labour Party, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu of APC, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala of ADP, Mr. Seyi Makinde of PDP, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, Engineer Hakeem Oyedele and 33 others.
Soladoye, speaking at a program, “Meet the Ibadan Electorate” on Wednesday, where a former Governor and gubernatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) Alao Akala, said the concept behind invitation to all candidates was basically to know their level of preparedness for the task ahead in developing Ibadan and the state in general.”
Soladoye added that, “We believe that there is direct correlation between the five elements of education, infrastructure, business, revolution, financial empowerment and job creation. To what extent does our next Governor understand this correlation?
“We will like to know what our governor will like to be remembered for after his tenure. The next Governor of Oyo state must have specific Ibadan agenda. Ibadan has 54% of the Oyo state electorate and some 3,000 polling booths.”
“How do our politicians see the benefits and challenges embedded in the completion of the Ibadan circular road, the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail system, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the dry dock project and the Ibadan Kaduna rail system?,” Soladoye queried.
Akala while speaking however pledged to restore lost glory of the state and rule with the fear of God if given the chance once again.
He said “If I am elected as governor, my first priority is the Ibadan circular road which I started when I was governor. Then, look at the Adeoyo hospital, it should be given adequate attention. The way I treated Mapo Hall, I will treat Adeoyo hospital the same way.
“Also, on the sorry issue of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology ( LAUTECH), If am sworn in as governor on May 29, I will severe joint ownership of LAUTECH with Osun state. How can we share ownership with Osun that has its own university, whereas Oyo state don’t have one. We should have our own university. In Ogun state, there are two state universities, in Ondo, there are two state universities. We must set the pace as pacesetter state, not having half state university”.