By Oluwakemi Ishola
The Oyo State Patriots has described Engr. Femi Babalola’s criticism of some political appointments made by Governor Seyi Makinde as disappointing and a demonstration of the gross misunderstanding of the various political forces that contributed to the success recorded by the governor in the 2019 election
In a statement issued in Ibadan and signed by its spokesman, Comrade Ola Adeniyi , the Oyo patriots noted that Jogor’s criticism of the appointment of the Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye and Barrister Bolaji Ayorinde betrays him as a “political nincompoop whose understanding of the political dynamics of Oyo State before, during and after the 2019 general election was disappointedly poor, myopic and self-serving”.
The group noted that it is well known to many PDP stalwarts in Oyo State that immediately Jogor lost out in the race for the party’s ticket, he became disinterested in the success of the party. “He should tell us who he supported during 2019 gubernatorial elections underground while he was doing his ‘sidon look’ but definitely not GSM.”
The group also noted that while Jogor was on a political sabbatical leave from the PDP, “Makinde was very busy interacting with many individuals and groups across the political divide and even among technocrats who made concrete strategic, tactical, and logistical imputs into the preparation for the governorship election. Only a few of these elements have been compensated with appointments as many of them are not even interested in government position.”
They also noted that “all those appointed into the local government system and a very large majority of those appointed at the state level are well known PDP members. It is uncharitable for Mr Babalola to single out 3 persons whose contributions to the Governor’s success at polls are well known and acknowledged.”
It was further noted by the group that “it is so unAfrican for Jogor to be levying criticism against Governor Seyi Makinde barely 48 after the passage of his mother. It shows the extent to which Mr Babalola is beclouded by his lust for power forgetting his own antecedent of not being a politician when the PDP government Akala turned him to an emergency billionaire.
The statement added that the group wishes to encourage the Governor to “disregard the likes of Jogor whose understanding of the political dynamics in Oyo State is self serving, myopic and irredeemably poor. The Governor should continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the poor masses of Oyo State that have continued to applaud his wonderful efforts.”