By Adams Akorede
A former Governor of Oyo state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja on Thursday insisted that the government of Governor Abiola Ajimobi lacked human face.
He said his condemnation of governance without human face was normal in a democracy.
The APC spokesman, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olatunde had on Wednesday said that two former governors of the State, Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao Akala were outdated politicians “who are not in tune with the principles of modern principle of governance”.
Olatunde had argued that the utterances of the duo in recent times showed that they are far behind in developmental politics.
But the Zenith Labour Party, in a press statement signed by its publicity secretary, Olajide Olanipekun, said the unnecessary outburst of the APC was borne out of frustration and ignorance.
He said ZLP leader, Ladoja, has never condemned Ajimobi personally but “the Government he is leading because of its lack of human face.”
ZLP asked the APC in the state “to keep quiet if the party does not have facts to bring forth in reply to statements credited to High Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja on bad governance that Oyo state is experiencing now.
“ZLP observed that instead of coming up with issue based writeup and campaign, the APC in Oyo state resorted to personality attack on the person of the former governor and the leader of ZLP in the state due to successful launch of ZLP and the wide acceptance of the party that has signalled the end of APC misrule in Oyo State.
“Concerning the issue of allocation of land which APC is crying over, the question here is was there anytime the former governor Ladoja begged for a plot of land from Governor Ajimobi? The answer is capital NO! Even the controversy surrounding the allocation was clearly explained in the past when the matter was brought up by the Ajimobi government then.
“In the real sense, how can anybody equate the issue of one plot of land to performance in office for eight years of Ajimobi administration which was what Senator Ladoja has been talking about.
“Chief Ladoja legitimately applied to buy a plot of land adjoining his property in Bodija which he is ready to pay for, but the bill of payment is yet to be issued to him before Governor Ajimobi and APC went to town about giving him the plot of land free.
“APC should stop insulting the people of the state having forced hardship on them for eight years without any succour.
“What ZLP and her leader stand for is to return good governance to Oyo state where salaries and pensions will be paid promptly before the end of each month; where there will be 30 students per class with motivation for teachers which will move Oyo state education position to unit number instead of 26th position that APC Government relegated Oyo State to and massive employment of the youths as well as infrastructure turn around without hardship to people.
“Criticizing bad governance is hallmark of modern day democracy and should not be equated to personal attack on the actors in the Government, APC needs to learn this,” Olanipekun added.