Some stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, on Tuesday, decried what they referred to as excessive borrowing by the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration.
The stakeholders stated this at a news conference in Ibadan over what they described as the precarious condition of the state.
A PDP governorship aspirant, Hazeem Gbolarumi, who spoke at the news conference, on behalf of the stakeholders, said that Makinde’s excessive borrowing was contrary to the party’s reason for supporting his candidature in the 2019 election.
Gbolarumi said that the borrowing could not be measured with the current low level of development in the state, poverty and low access to economic opportunities, which, he said, had affected the wellbeing of the people of the state.
According to him, one of the major objectives of PDP is to provide good governance that ensures probity and participatory democracy which, in turn, guarantees the fundamental human rights of all the citizenry.
These, he said, had not been fulfilled by the governor, despite all the interventions by PDP stakeholders.
Gbolarumi accused Makinde of not promoting political stability within the party and fostering unity and integration among members.
He also said that the governor had not safeguarded the party’s core values, in his deliberate attempts to undermine the party in the state.
“PDP stakeholders, therefore, express dissatisfaction with the way the governor has been undermining the party in the state.
“Our commitment, as concerned stakeholders in Oyo State PDP, is to ensure a free and fair process.
The governor is the distributor of nomination forms to candidates in Oyo State PDP, especially those from other political parties, at the expense of the bona fide party members.
“This has been Makinde’s modus operandi since he assumed office as governor.
“Going by the PDP principles at the national level, we remain unshaken, and our pledge to ensure that we counter any action by the governor to jeopardise the emergence of credible candidates remains unshaken,” he said.
Gbolarumi urged PDP national headquarters to ensure that the party did not lose to another party in the state due to the present situation of things, stressing that grassroots support was being threatened.
He said that he had obtained his governorship nomination form to contest against Makinde during the forthcoming governorship primaries of the party in the state.
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