Balogun thumbs down Ajimobi over comment on ‘Auxiliary’
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Ibadan High Chief, Lekan Balogun, has expressed displeasure at what he described as “Governor Ajimobi’s unfounded and disparaging allegation against him”. The governor of Oyo State had on Sunday in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Festus Adedayo, expressed shock that “a top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in the state, Senator Lekan Balogun, who is also the Osi Olubadan, should descend so low as to be the spokesman of the wanted Auxiliary. “All peace-loving citizens of the state should ask Balogun what the connect is between a holder of that highly exalted office of the Osi Olubadan and a wanted dreaded criminal?” Ajimobi was making his first reaction to the arrest of the former factional leader of the state chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lamidi Mukaila (alias Auxiliary), penultimate Saturday by a team of police officers from the Lagos State Command. In a statement by the Special Assistant to the Ibadan High Chief, Kunle Oladapo, and made available to journalists in Ibadan, the PDP chieftain said the governor might have been misinformed by the claim by a newspaper report which had been denied, adding, “It is not in my character to obstruct the legitimate work of the police”.
He further alleged that he suspected that the misinformed position of the governor might have been reinforced by his recent intervention in the face-off between the present chairman of NURTW in Oyo State, Taofeek Oyerinde (alias Fele) and Mukaila. This, Balogun said, was over the unlawful order allegedly given by the former that those who were not card-carrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should vacate the motor parks. “It is remarkable that the intervention by me averted a breakdown of law and order, a moral responsibility I owe to Ibadan and Oyo State at large as High Chief of Ibadanland and a political leader of note in the state.