By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has cautioned those he claimed are ganging up against his leadership style to retrace their steps to avert the wrath of God on them
The governor handed down the warning in Ibadan while inaugurating the elected Chairmen for the 33 local governments and the 35 Local Council Development Areas in the state.
He stated that the warning became necessary in view of the fact he has never lost any political battle since he joined politics.
According to the governor, as far as he was concerned, the antics of some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state that have turned themselves into an opposition against his administration can never make him to lose focus as such was not a new development in politics.
“Go and check the holy books. The Bible and Quran are replete with rabble-rousers, trouble makers and mischief makers, but they both teach us to forgive. Note that there is no political battle we have not won and at every point, we forgive our adversaries. It is helping us today. It is good that we have many people running with us. If you run alone, you will come first and last in the race. But now, we have run with others and won, while they lost.” he said.
He then advised the new chairmen to run an all inclusive administration and to accommodate those that contested against them, including their political adversaries, saying, “the hallmark of good leader is to forgive and forget those who might have wronged them in one way or the other, and that there is the need for the chairmen therefore to imbibe the same spirit and overlook the misdeeds of their political foes.,”
“Successful politicians are known through their attitude of forgiving their foes, especially after each political battle. This act of forgiveness has assisted me to win all my political battles and I want to use this opportunity to advise those ganging up against my leadership to retrace their steps. Leaders require large heart and maturity, and these attributes have made it possible for me to win over the calibre of former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former Deputy Governor and Ambassador, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja, Senator Teslim Folarin and others from the opposition parties.”
He added “if I can achieve this with leading opposition figures, then there should be no reason why we should not make those campaigning against us to allow reason to prevail and come back to the fold, and anytime they do so, we will surely welcome and forgive them.
Emphasizing that “politics is full of disagreements, misunderstanding and mischief. We must be humble in victory and carry those who fight against us along in governance after every political battle. It is in the best interest of our people. Try to forgive”, Governor Ajimobi tasked the chairmen to see their victory as the beginning of greater responsibilities to serve the people at the grassroots, in accordance with the APC’s manifesto which, he said, focused on welfare and well-being of the people.