The ancient town of Oyo was on Monday besieged by thousands of supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who stormed the town for the official flag off of its campaign in Oyo state.
The roads leading to the Oba Adeyemi Arcade, venue of the ceremony, witnessed unusual vehicular and pedestrian movements.
The event was a four in one ceremony as it also featured the official presentation of party’s flag to all it’s candidates, a Zonal rally and the unveiling of the party’s manifesto ahead of the 2023 General election.
While stating reasons why he wants to serve Oyo State, the APC Governorship candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin claimed that virtually all areas of governance in the state had not experienced meaningful progress in the last 3 and a half years.
Senator Folarin said with his vast experience, he would invest in policies that would drive economic development in Oyo state, if elected.
“For more than three years, all areas of governance in Oyo state have largely been kissing the canvas. From all indices, it is apparent our people, instead of enjoying dividends of democracy, are suffering from a government where institutional rigidity, exclusiveness, pervasive insecurity, policy summersaults reign supreme”
“With my robust administrative experience, unimpeded courage and strength of conviction, I am poised to invest in policies that will drive economic development, provide a sea of opportunities for the teeming populace, improve healthcare, agriculture, education and infrastructure so that our dear state can be an industrial hub”
Senator Folarin vowed to work with other critical stakeholders in the state to deliver 85% of votes for Tinubu-Shettima on February 25, 2023.
Reacting to the recent delisting of about 50 secondary schools in Oyo state by WAEC, Senator Folarin blamed the present administration for the decline in the education sector.
The West African Examination Council, WAEC recently delisted 50 secondary schools in Oyo state for their involvement in examination malpractice during the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.
In his address, the party’s chairman in the state, Mr Isaac Omodewu expressed confidence that the PDP led government in Oyo state would expire by 2023.
Mr Omodewu, on the occasion, also received 2000 decampees from the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP to the APC fold.
Dignitaries who graced the ceremony included
Senator Musiliu Obanikoro from Lagos state, Immediate Past Deputy Governor of Oyo state, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, APC party leaders from across Oyo State, as well as candidates of the party from the state.