The African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate for the forthcoming general election to the House of Representives for Ibadan Northern West / South West federal constituency, Dr Wasiu Adewale Olatubosun, has warned people of the state against being deceived by the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to renew their mandate to its all candidates in the coming electioneering .
Olatubosun advised the people upon falling for an attempt to hoodwink the people to fall prey to APC’s deceit as epitomized by Gov Abiola Ajimobi led administration which failed to fulfill all electoral promises made to the people prior to 2015 elections.
In a statement made available to the press on Monday, Olatubosun described the effort as ungentlemanly, malicious and suicidal to general wellbeing of the people.
According to him, what excuse would APC give for making education from primary to tertiary, a money-making venture for its cronies and friends thereby subjecting poverty-ridden public to untold hardship by commercializing all sectors and levels of education thereby contradicting free education programme which formed the fulcrum of APC campaign programmes.
“How best could one describe the high level of insensitivity of Ajimobi-led government for introducing education fees for pupils and students in primary and secondary schools in the state. Fees in the primary schools had hitherto been cancelled during the colonial era while that of the secondary schools students have been enjoying free tuition fees since the beginning of this Fourth Republic. The reintroduction of fees at both levels negates the ideas of progressivism as propagated and pioneered by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“Also, APC led government is the most insensitive and education-unfriendly government in the anal of history of Oyo state.
The state never had it so bad that all workers of state-owned higher institutions are being owned between 12 to 26 months salaries. While the students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECh) who were used to pay less than eighty thousand naira (N80,000) are now being compelled to pay as much as N250,000 putting it at per with private institutions thereby making it difficult for students from poor homes to have access to public tertiary education.
Similarly, Olatubosun chided the Ajimobi government for impoverishing the poor by subjecting the poor people to unwarranted security levies apart from high levies collected from banks and all companies in the state.
“In its bid to continue subjecting the people of the state to untold hardships, arrangements have been concluded to increase and introduce more levies if people allow APC to continue in 2019,” he added.
Consequent upon this, Olatubosun then called on well meaning people of the state to join hands together to put a stop to an executive grandstanding and emperor rascality in the state.
He enjoined people, especially those with permanent voter cards to vote for the party that means well for the general masses of the state.
“We need person of proven integrity like Senator Olufemi Lanlehin who has track records to lead people-oriented government in the state as well as all candidates of African Democratic Congress, ADC in the much anticipating general elections, he stated.
He concluded by passionately enjoining the resilient people to shun all forms of vote buying and stern resistance to any attempt by the ruling APC to rig the next general elections.