Don’t allow yourselves to be used by opposition, Ajimobi warns Okada riders •‘No plan to ban Okada’
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Friday told commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, not to allow themselves to be used by the opposition to disrupt the peace currently being enjoyed in the state. He stated this while receiving the Okada riders under the aegis of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Operators and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) who paid him a solidarity visit at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan. The governor, who emphasised that his administration had no plan to ban ACOMORAN as an association or the activities of commercial motorcyclists in the state, urged the riders to be wary of the antics of the opposition to feed them with lies in order to infiltrate them. He said that he was aware of the moves by the opposition to spread the falsehood that his government was planning to ban the activities of Okada riders in order to set them (Okada riders) against the government and exploit the possible crisis to penetrate them. Part of the opposition’s plan, the governor said, was also to use the riders to visit the state with thuggery and violence, which used to characterise the state before the coming on board of his administration. “Don’t allow opposition to use you for thuggery and violence to destabilise Oyo State. They are full of lies. One of their many lies is that our government is planning to ban your association and your activities. It is all lies. They just want to use that to penetrate you and set you against the government. “We are now almost three years in office. Why have we not banned you since we came on board if that was our plan? If anybody comes to you saying all sorts, tell him it is a lie and that you are now wiser,” he said.