+ Vows to deal with the masterminds of Ibadan mayhem
Governor Abiola Ajimobi has warned that as Chief Security Officer of the state, he would not stand by and allow anyone, no matter his status, to jeopardize the hard-won peace of the last three and half years in state.
He made this known to ENCOMIUM Weekly on Sunday, November 30, 2014, via his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo.
According to the governor, the trend of orchestrated violence in the state in the last few days points to a desperation by some politicians to destroy the flagship of the government’s performance which is peace and security.
The governor said that the Friday, November 21, 2014, violence in the state where a policeman was shot and some other people were wounded in Oke Ado area of Ibadan while his meet-the-people-tour train was still in Ido Local Government, was a calculated attempt to “pollute the river of peace” in the state and give the impression that the Ajimobi government was not different from its predecessors whose governments were known to encourage thuggery, bloodletting and gangsterism.
He said that the violence at the Popoyemoja area of the state capital two days after, where some thugs unleashed mayhem on the residents of the area could not be divorced from the bitter politics of the past and attempt to destroy the image of the government.
“Our people are not fools. We have received high-profile information that this sporadic violence was not an accident. Aware that peace is our government’s flagship in a state which, under previous governments was like Syria and Afghanistan, opposition warlords have apparently grouped to return our state to its disgraceful past, all in the name of scoring cheap in-road into the hearts of the people during the 2015 elections”, the governor said.
While threatening to invoke the full wrath of the law on culprits of the violence, the governor said he would be failing in his responsibility if he does not make scapegoats of those trying to make mincemeat of his peaceful pedigree.
“In the last three and half years, we have demonstrated to our people that ours is a government that cannot stand thugs and hooligans. Those who know us can testify that we have zero tolerance for violence and we are not about to renege on this. We believe that only peace can bring development. This has worked because in the last few years, investments have started pouring into Oyo State,” he said.
The governor also said he is working in partnership with members of the Security Council of the state to smoke out violent people from the state, promising that he would not rest on his oars in maintaining the peace that is the hallmark of the government.
“Let me warn perpetrators of violence and their masterminds that an end has come to their foray in Oyo. No matter how highly placed they may be, we will smoke them out of our state”, he vowed.
Speaking on the chances of Ajimobi emerging victorious in the 2015 governorship election in the state on the background of the alleged gang-up by aspirants from other political parties, including the two former governors, Rasheed Ladoja and Alao Akala, Senator Teslim Folarin, Engineer Seyi Makinde, among others, Adedayo said, “There is gang-up whatsoever that can work against Ajimobi’s victory in the next governorship election in Oyo State.
“It’s a known fact that APC remains a party to beat in the country in the next general elections, and Oyo State is not an exception. So, victory is sure for Ajimobi in 2015. He is definitely coming back for second term by the special grace of God.”