Debo Adeoye, Ibadan
The Oyo State Chapter of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has warned the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to be mindful of what would be the effects of high and growing government debt on economic growth in the State.
Addressing party faithful and loyalists at the Oyo South Senatorial meeting held at the party secretariat, Samonda Area in Ibadan on Tuesday, the party chairman, Comrade Wole Abisoye added that tax payers would bear the burden of growing debts.
He also condemned the non fulfilment of all the promises made by Governor Makinde prior to 2019 governorship election.
“Makinde has only disappointed himself by not fulfilling the promises he made to our party during the alliance prior to the 2019 gubernatorial election, when some parties including ZLP formed alliance to produce him; a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the sole candidate to contest against APC candidate, Chief Bayo Adelabu.
He said, “Makinde disappointed himself for not honouring the agreements.”
The man who disappointed us disappointed himself by not fulfilling the promises. So, we have to move on. Life must go on. We have what is required to unseat him in 2023.
“It will not be too long. People are still coming to the party. We have a structure on ground. We are organising ourselves to defeat him. After this Oyo South meeting, we will organize for other senatorial zones in the state.
“So, our party is ready to move on and move forward. Anyone who is interested should come out”.
While delivering the speech of High Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, the national leader of the party, Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, a ZLP governorship candidate who was among other candidates appealed to by the Ibadan High Chief to step down for Makinde in the March 9, 2019 governorship election, confirmed Ladoja’s commitment towards making ZLP attractive to aggrieved politicians from other parties and make the party stronger than before, ahead of 2023 elections.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, Chief Sharafadeen Alli said that Makinde should remember that someone who promised and fulfilled the promises is what Yoruba called ‘Omoluabi’.
“He should remember that someone who promised and fulfilled the promises is what they called Omoluabi. I want to assure you that all of us are equal in the party. There is no first or last comer. We equally own the party. What is on ground is enough for us to share”, Alli stated.
The communiqué of the meeting was read to the attendees by the secretary of the party, while everyone present approved the communiqué. The communiqué read as follows:
OYO SOUTH SENATORIAL DISTRICT MEETING OF THE ZLP HELD TODAY TUESDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2020 AT STATE PARTY SECRETARIAT SAMONDA, IBADAN.
Members pledge their unflinching loyalty and support to our National Leader, The Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja for his continue support for the Party and its members.
We appreciate the leaders and members of the Party, especially our candidates in the last general election who were still in the Party as well as all others, who we jointly worked for the P.D.P to win the governorship election in Oyo State.
The Party commends the achievement of the Governor on the payment of workers salaries but note that governance is not only about payment of salaries. There is barely a State in Nigeria today that does not pay salaries.
The Party hopes the Governor will still have it in his heart to fulfill the terms of the gentleman agreement which birthed his government.
The Party adjoined members to remain steadfast and continue to build on our strength. The Party is open to every interested person in the State not minding their ambition. We offer and open playing field.
We stand in solidarity with the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party in Ondo State H.E Agboola Ajayi, we pray for his success in the election.
We appreciate the role of Party’s leaderships at the National, State and Local government levels for their efforts in seen that our Party ZLP is one of the 18 recognized Registered Political Parties in Nigeria.
Finally, wishing our National Leader High Chief Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja Happy Birthday in Advance.
All the local government council chairmen who attended the meeting maintained that the party has solid structure to defeat Makinde in 2023. Others at the meeting are Mr. Remi Olajide, ZLP candidate for Ido/ Ibarapa East Federal constituency, Mr. Bimbo Adepoju and State Women Leader, Mrs. Bola Alonge,