- The governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, has said accused his critics of benefitting from him through political appointments
- Ajimobi said his was willing to forgive his defectors who offended him over some party crisis
- He said forgiveness, collaboration and solidarity should characterise the nature of APC politics in the state and elsewhere
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo has claimed that some of his defectors in the state's chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were beneficiaries of his administration by virtue of appointments he gave them.
Ajimobi made this known during while hosting the party leaders and elders from the five zones of the state who paid him a courtesy visit. He remarked that he has no favourite candidate handpicked for the 2019 elections, adding that he while show mercy to those offended him over party issues, Punch reports.
In his speech, the governor said: “Politics is always full of disagreement. It is full of mischief, it is also full of misunderstanding but we must be humble in victory. You must call others who may disagree with you and let them work with you, after all I have led by examples and I am still leading by examples.
“Before we came in, we contested against the Peoples Democratic Party government of former governor Adebayo Alao- Akala, the Senate leader at the time, Senator Teslim Folarin, we contested against the former deputy governor Taofeek Arapaja and many others like that, but today, they are with us. That is the spirit of our own politics.
“And interestingly, all those people who are going round against us today, there is none of them who have not benefitted from this present administration. The titles they use before their names are the titles I gave them in this administration. When you hear anyone of them saying, I am former this or former that, know that it was the office or position they worked under this present government and this present governor. So, invite them.
“The Bible, the Quran is replete with people who betrayed confidence, it is replete with people who disappointed others, it is replete with people who are mischievous, it is replete with rabble-rousers, it is replete with noisemakers, but ladies and gentlemen, the Bible and the Quran preach forgiveness.
"They preached accommodation and you will note and notice that there is no battle that we have fought that we have not won. And there is no war that we have not won, but we have always been forgiving, so I plead with you to please forgive, accommodate and welcome them.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Remi Olaniyan, a chieftain of the AP claimed that election in the state would not be determined by the amount of money spent by aspirants or political parties.
Olaniyan, during an event organised by his campaign organization in Ibadan, said he declared his interest in the governorship race because of his believe that the era of moneybags dominance of Oyo politics had gone.
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