The All Progressives Congress, APC in Oyo State, has advised the State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde to stop paying lip service on the issue of security in the state.
The advice is contained in a statement signed by the party’s publicity secretary, Mr Olawale Sadare.
The Oyo APC claimed that the lack of political will on the part of the State Governor was responsible for the recent criminal activities in the state
“Apart from the fact that Gov. Makinde has failed to demonstrate competence and commitment in power, he has not been able to show the world that he is capable of solving the myriad of problems facing the state particularly as this concerns insecurity, environmental degradation, youth unemployment, falling standard of economy, infrastructural deficit among others.
“The situation is made worse by Gov. Makinde’s penchant for globetrotting and dereliction of duty since he prefers holidaying abroad and hibernating in Port Harcourt, Rivers state more often than not as it pleases him. It would have been better if the governor stay more at home and acquaint himself with details of happenings across the state on hourly basis. Worse still, Gov. Makinde does not have confidence in his imposed local government Chairmen who he recently accused of mismanaging security votes released to them.
“For some weeks now, there have been daily reports of of armed robbery and kidnapping on Ibadan-Ijebu-Ode and Ibadan-Lagos Expressway while governor’s of Ogun and Lagos states have responded well, their counterpart in Oyo state was nowhere to be found as we have it on good authority that Gov. Makinde is in the United States for no reason other than tourism and junketing. The best he (Makinde) could from abroad was to intervene in matter involving the police and Mukaila Lamidi (Auxiliary) who has been fingered in many cases of billboard vandalism and harassment of residents of the state in recent times.
“Without mincing words, the daunting problem of insecurity in the nooks and crannies of Oyo state would be drastically addressed if Gov. Makinde decide to take the bull by its horn. First, he should established the necessary synergy with other stakeholders including all the security agencies and also stop treating the menace of miscreants with kids’ glove. It is high time the governor was made to realize that no government can fight invading criminals successfully while keeping and indulging thugs and miscreants for locally for political engagement and ego massaging.” Oyo APC said.