By Wasiu Olatunbosun, Director of Publicity, ACN, Oyo State.
An Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) gubernatorial aspirant in Oyo State for the 2011 general elections, Chief Olufemi Lanlehin, has join the growing list of eminent citizens who have condemned the conduct of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and members of his faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a public function in Ibadan, the state capital, last Thursday.
The governor’s supporters, who accompanied him to the Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan, the venue of a book-launch in honour of Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, were reported to have stunned guests when they resorted to unruly behaviours apparently to settle scores with some perceived opponents of their principal in attendance and thus disrupted the programme.
According to a press statement he personally signed and made available to the media, Chief Lanlehin expressed his excitement on the restoration of the mandate of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the duly elected governor of Ekiti State following the sack of the PDP’s Segun Oni by the Appeal Court sitting in Ilorin last Friday. He however described the alleged disruption of Olubadan’s Book-Launch as a replica of the twin bomb-blasts that marred the Golden Jubilee of the country on October 1, 2010.
“Most people described those behind the bombing of Abuja on the nation’s Golden Anniversary as unpatriotic and evil but the same could be said of some shameless people who threw decency into the wind and disrupted what could have been a remarkable event in honour of a paramount ruler all in the name of playing politics with ego and pride.
“One would have expected the governor to use the avenue to speak about his achievements but he chose the usual violence as alternative to decency and peaceful conduct in the public. The same Alao-Akala is at loggerheads with the revered Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as well as other notable leaders of thought across the state while he engages in open confrontation with perceived oppositions including the labour unions such as the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and Nigeria Union of Tailors among others.
“At present, Teachers in the service of the State Government are being owed their July and September Salaries as the general public pray against another round of Teachers’ strike over the breach of the Teachers Salary Scale’s agreement by the governor for the umpteenth time. At a time the governor purchased about 1, 000 brand new cars and buses for his 2011 political campaign, he is reluctant on fulfilling promises made to Teachers and this would certainly cause another labour unrest.” Lanlehin said.
The legal luminary, however, saluted Alhaji Arisekola Alao, The Are Musulumi of Yorubaland over what he described as “renewed courage to speak against evil and channel a good cause for the liberation of his people from a bad government which plans to perpetrate itself in power beyond the tolerable time”.