The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, on Friday said that he meant well over his administrative policies and undertakings during his administration in office saying they were to facilitate development and improve the life of the residents of the state.
Ajimobi stated this while addressing leaders and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress(APC) from the nine local government areas of Oyo South senatorial district during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the party’s secretariat, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
The former governor explained the rationale behind some of his actions and policies that generated controversies amongst the populace when he was in government.
His words: “There are insinuations in some quarters about some of the policies and undertakings of our eight-year administration which some people considered controversial but in all honesty, I meant well for the state. All my actions were geared towards facilitating development for the whole state and also thus make life more meaningful for the masses.”
Ajimobi appealed to party faithful to approach future political challenges with a resolve to be selfless, forgiving and more committed to the cause of the party and the country in general.
“While we are expecting the courts to do justice to some of the cases emanating from conducts of the last general elections in the state especially as it concerns the seats of the senator representing Oyo South at the red chamber as well as the governor of the state, I would like to admonish every member of our great party to eschew bitterness and preach genuine reconciliation,” the former governor said.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the party for Oyo South senatorial district, Prince Adefisoye Adekanye appealed to members to “remain faithful and committed in view of the current challenges as what happened in the 2019 general election was an eye opener.”
“We have all realised the need for loyalty to our party, renewed commitment to its cause and entrenchment of peace among ourselves,” he added.
The Chairman and Secretary of the party in the state, Chief Akin Oke and Hon. Mojeed Olaoya, in their separate addresses sued for peace and harmony among members and urged them to accommodate various interests.
“We are not leaving any stone unturned to make Oyo APC stronger and better. All avenues for genuine reconciliation are being explored and we are optimistic about getting the desired results in the end.” Oke said.
Hon. Olaoya and party chairmen from the nine local government areas gave updates on the efforts made so far to bring back all aggrieved members who left the party during the crisis that erupted before the general elections.
Olaoya said: “The State Executive Committee has put in place various committees made up of experienced and passionate individuals to bring back all the aggrieved members and we are satisfied with the success being recorded on daily basis.”
Those present at the meeting include the governorship candidate of the party in the last general election, Chief Adebayo Adelabu; former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alh. Olalekan Alli; Executive Chairmen of local governments and local council development areas, former House of Assembly members; members of the State Working Committee; party leaders and chieftains across the senatorial district.