By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A sociopolitical group in Oyo State, the Oyo Kajola Group (OKG), has cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the March 9 elections, Chief Adebayo Adelabu to stop distorting facts on past elections in the state.
The group handed down the warning in a statement issued on Thursday by its media coordinator, Taiwo Ogunlade. made available to newsmen in Ibadan
OKG in the statement specifically faulted Chief Adelabu’s claim that the 357,000 votes he garnered in the poll were more than what ushered in the last three successive governors.
According to the group, the claim by the APC governorship candidate was untrue and “offended the sensibilities of educated and intelligent Oyo State residents with his distortion of facts.”
Oyo Kajola Group in the statement stressed that in 2011, “Governor Abiola Ajimobi on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) polled 420,852 valid votes to emerge as the governor of the state, while Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala who was first runner-up polled 387,132 votes,”
“The mental laziness of Adelabu and his team, who could not present a simple fact in the public domain without prevarication, should alarm intelligent people. His statement is premised on lies, distortion and needless vainglory typical of a man who cannot learn from history or purge himself of arrogance and flippancy.”, it said.
OKG added that it wondered where Chief Adelabu got his fact that 357,000 votes were larger than what past governors polled, saying, the claim by Chief Adelabu was ” an attention-seeking effort to oil his desperate ambition to become governor at all cost”
In the statement, the group emphasized that Oyo State people had already closed the chapter of elections and were looking forward to good governance under Makinde and that all well-meaning people of the state should be thinking of how to join hands with the governor-elect to succeed in making life better for the people.
“It is saddening that a man being praised for his achievements as a banker could deliberately distort facts and resort to lying to dress his failed governorship ambition in borrowed garbs of success,” .
The group then advised the defeated APC governorship candidate “to purge himself of flippancy and arrogance,” and as well forget about “snatching a mandate freely given by the people of Oyo State to Mr Seyi Makinde of the PDP, as evident in his victory in 28 local governments of the state.”