The Chief Press Secretary to Oyo State Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, has accused opposition figures in the State of a deliberate plot to chase away investors and slow down the State’s economy.
Mr Adisa, who was reacting on Sunday, January 31, 2021, to a statement credited to the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 election in the State, Chief Femi Lanlehin, said the opposition leaders’ penchant to raise alarm around issue of insecurity and exaggerate the same beyond the realm of reality is a ploy to create fear in the minds of residents of the State and slow down its thriving economy.
The CPS, who wondered whether Chief Lanlehin has just woken from sleep to issuing a statement attacking Governor Makinde over a matter that is already being handled by the Governor and the appropriate Security Agencies, counselled against trying to profit unduly from a sensitive matter as security.
He noted that: “The whole nation applauded Governor Seyi Makinde for leading the state’s economy out of the difficult situation he met it in 2019; adding that: “Rather than allow the economy stagnate, verified statistics indicated that the Governor grew the State economy by as much as 26 per cent last year despite the spiral effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Adisa, in his statement, said it is obvious that the opposition in the State is unhappy with the developmental strides of the Makinde-led administration in the State and they will do anything to drag attention to pockets of insecurity situation, which the administration is striving daily to bring under control.
The statement further read: “Rather than joining hands with the Governor to find lasting solutions to the incidences of crime and criminality occasioned by the general failure of the APC-led Federal Government to secure Nigerian borders and stop the influx of bandits and criminal elements, leaders of the APC have been gloating over such instances. It is a clear signal of the measure of evil they wish the State and an obvious demonstration of their unpatriotic conducts. Whereas cases of insecurity are widespread across the 36 States of the federation and the FCT Abuja, it is disheartening that only the opposition in Oyo State including, Chief Lanlehin, has been known to attempt to grab the headlines in celebration.”
Mr Adisa called on residents of the State not to yield to false alarm being created by opposition elements; affirming that the security measures put in place by the Government are already yielding results.
He added that: “While we know that the opposition in Oyo is seeking to gain cheap popularity from portraying Oyo in bad light over insecurity, we can only wish they desist from such inhuman conduct, which are capable of destroying the state beyond repair.”