Gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), in Oyo State, Senator Olufemi Lanhehin, has alleged that Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the State was in the senatorial race to avoid the searchlight of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the financial misappropriation perpetrated since he became Governor of the state in 2011.
Lanlehin made this declaration while addressing hundreds of residents of Ibadan North West Local Government Area in Ibadan at a campaign rally held on Monday.
Ajimobi is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo South district.
But, the ADC candidate who spoke at Ogunpa market, said the economic problems caused by the APC government in Oyo State has rendered millions of able citizens jobless, most especially hardworking traders in Ogunpa market.
He alleged that the Senatorial ambition of Ajimobi was a ploy to cover up his mismanagement, embezzlement and misappropriation as the Governor of the state for eight (8) years.
He also blamed Senator Abiola Ajimobi-led APC administration of destroying the economy of Oyo State.
He noted that most of the traders were out of business due to arbitrary demolition of shops and exorbitant amount being charged on shop rent at the market by the government appointed private developers at a time average Oyo state citizens find it difficult to survive.
“It is an open secret that seven and half years administration of Governor Ajimobi, he has plunged the people of the state especially civil servants both local and state into serious economic crisis.
“His (Ajimobi) administration has turned governance in Oyo state into personal and family affairs. He only appointed his friends, families and cronies as local government chairmen until recently that he organised kangaroo local government election.
“Within that period without elected local government leadership, he was in control of local government allocation, which hindered effective and efficient governance at the grassroots”.
“Recently, instead of the state to allow the local government to run its affairs after the local government election, Governor Ajimobi still dips his hand into local government accounts to purchase tractors and excavator machines for them thereby making a mockery of President Buhari’s anti-corruption stance.
“Each local government knows her own priority, but the Governor forced his own idea and spending on them so as to divert money meant for public good to personal cover.
“Since the inception of Governor Ajimobi government in 2011, many civil servants have been retired without employing new workers. But to our surprise rather than for the wage bill to come down, it is increasing monthly.
“We want to assure good people of the state that all these funds shall be accounted for at the appropriate time. We also want to appeal to the people of the state to vote for Senator Olufemi Lanlehin as Governor, Senator Ridwan Adesoji for Oyo South senatorial district, Monsurat Sumonu for Oyo Central senatorial district Chief Bayo Lawal for Oyo North senatorial district and all other ADC candidates in the forthcoming 2019 general elections”.