2015: Calls for indigene as PDP guber candidate divide Ibadan
Indigenes of the ancient town of Ibadan are now divided over the call by some Ibadan governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the party’s candidate for the 2015 governorship election must be given to their kinsman. This came just as they warned the national leadership of PDP not to accede to what they described as partisan demand of the selected aspirants. Apart from the earlier warning by Senator Lekan Balogun and Kehinde Olaosebikan that the party should tread softly on the call by the Ibadan aspirants, some Ibadan chieftains of the party led by Dr. Kola Balogun said yesterday that the party should not make the mistake of presenting an unpopular candidate in the election as this would portend great danger for the success of the party in the state. Those at the meeting included Alhaji Taofeek Olayiwola, Mr. Remi Alao, Mr. Akeem Olatunji, Alhaji Omilabu Gandhi, Olusegun Olayiwola and Kola Tajudeen. All of them were former local government chairmen. Balogun, speaking for them, he said; ”The incumbent government in Oyo State is the most tragic in terms of development and relationship with the masses. Alao-Akala’s government concentrated more on poverty reduction, reduction in unemployment and infrastructural development. We made physical infrastructure our priority and did not neglect what the people now referred to as ‘Stomach Infrastructure.” Reeling out other achievements of Alao-Akala’s government, he said he constructed many roads across the state and there was money in circulation within the state.
According to him, the administration of Alao-Akala constructed 80km Otu-Igbojaye- road, 55km Ado-Awaye/Okeho road, 62km Okaka-Alaka-Saki road, 66km Iganna-Iwerele road with a gigantic bridge. Some others projects from the Oke-Ogun zone was the construction of Oke-Ogun FM radio station. Balogun, also a former Commissioner for Works in the state said that Alao-Akala’s government in the Ibadan zone dualised the Challenge- Odo-Ona Elewe road, Mokola-Ojo road with street lights. Also among them was the dualisation of the Mokola-Queen Cinema-Dugbe-Oke Ado road with street light, Arapaja village road, Iwo road-Idi Ape-Mapo road, Alao-Akala road and Queens school road to mention few.