Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogbomoso zone have risen in defence of their decision to adopt Governor ‘Seyi Makinde for a second term in office, declaring that the governor has firmly positioned Ogbomoso’s economy on the global pedestal.
The stakeholders, who made public a twelve-point communique in the aftermath of their consultative assembly held on February 13, said that the tenacity with which Governor Makinde secured the sole ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, and the huge financial commitments he is bringing to bear as a result of that feat are clear testimonies of his love for the people of the historical town.
The communique signed by 10 stakeholders from the five local government areas of the Ogbomoso zone, commended the decision of the Makinde-led government to pay off N8 billion to resolve LAUTECH’s ownership tussle.
It added that the decision to turn the university into a conventional institution was equally a welcome idea.
It praised the governor for deciding to commit huge funds, which would go a long way to lift Ogbomoso economy, into the building of Faculties such as Law, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences once the conventional status of the institution is ratified.
The communique read in part: “Meeting notes the impressive contributions of Governor Makinde to the development of Ogbomoso economy, especially the tenacity that led to the sole ownership of LAUTECH, Ogbomoso by Oyo State; the decision to actualize the N8 billion pay off to finally secure LAUTECH; the Light-Up Oyo State phase 2; construction of Under G LAUTECH road, the remodelling of Soun Stadium; siting of Centre of Excellence on Energy Innovation in LAUTECH; construction of 50 Primary Healthcare centres across the 50 electoral Wards; the construction of the 76km Iseyin/Ogbomoso road and the decision to turn LAUTECH to a conventional university.
“Meeting notes that with the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State and the conventional university status for the institution, Ogbomoso campus will get huge boosts with the inclusion of Faculties such as Education, Law, Arts and Social Sciences; the huge economic benefits of such reality are unimaginable.”
According to the communique, Governor Makinde was unanimously adopted as PDP’s candidate for the 2023 election in view of the enormous contributions to Ogbomoso economy as well as his show of love for the people of Ogbomoso which, it said, made him appoint indigenes of the area to critical positions in his administration.
The communique indicated that the meeting adopted a number of positions after a two- hour meeting at the Lagbami Osekun Hall of the Ogbomoso South Local Government Secretariat, Arowomole.
The communique listed some of those who attended the meetings as including the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo; Commissioner Education, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye; Majority Leader of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin, Director General of OYSIPA, Hon Segun Ogunwuyi; Executive Chairman of BCOS, Prince Dotun Oyelade.
Also in attendance were former Deputy Chief of Staff, Alhaji Razak Gbadegesin, 12 chairmen of Ogbomoso councils and LCDA chairpersons; Ward Chairmen of the party in the 50 wards of Ogbomoso; the State Organising Secretary, Hon. Taiwo Alagbe; PDP Chairmen in all local governments of Ogbomoso zone; the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa; the Chief of Staff to the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Leke Gabriel; Commissioner &Board member of SUBEB, Hon. Folashade Ajala; Commissioner at the Local Government Service Commission, Hon John Adisa Oke.
Those who signed the communique include Alhaji Rasak Gbadegesin Kareem, member, Governor’s Advisory Council and former Deputy Chief of Staff and Hon. George Ogunlade, Chairman, PDP, Ogbomoso North LG for Ogbomoso North Local Government; Hon Olusegun Ebenezer Ogunwuyi, DG, OYSIPPA and Hon. Taiwo Alagbe, State Organising Secretary of the PDP for Ogbomoso South; Pa Bayo Bamkole Former Commissioner for Finance.
Other signatories were Hon. Ezekiel Oyedepo, member, OYHMB and former member Oyo State House of Assembly for Oriire Local Government; Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Commissioner for Education and Hon. Banji Folaranmi, Former member of the National Assembly for Surulere; Hon Seun Ojo, Caretaker Chairman, Ogo Oluwa Local Government and Hon. Mathew Adegboyega Abioye for Ogo Oluwa Local Government.