By Abiodun Ogunrinde, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has
advised the incoming Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) administration to focus on developmental
issues instead of its renewed campaign of calumny against his person, family and administration which are aimed at tarnishing his image and rubbishing his eight-year selfless service to the state.
The governor spoke in a statement by his Special
Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji
Tunji, on Tuesday.
More than two weeks after the general elections
have produced winners and losers, he said that
the opposition parties ought to start talking about
their plans for the state and how to build on the
foundation of development laid by his
administration instead of carrying on with their
acrimonious campaign, laced with outright
falsehood and innuendoes and hatred.
Ajimobi said that he was appalled by the
unprovoked media attacks by the opposition
parties, especially sympathizers of the PDP and
its governorship candidate, who were still practising politics of bitterness that Oyo state, under his tenure, has since left behind.
The governor appealed to the traditional and
online media practitioners to be circumspect in
churning out unverified information being supplied
to them by their unscrupulous sources, who were
bent on spreading inflammatory rhetoric.
He said available information revealed that these
purveyors of falsehood have recruited some online media to carry out some of their nefarious activities.
Ajimobi said, “It is disheartening that more than
two weeks after the election, the opposition
parties, especially the PDP have carried on as if
they are still campaigning.
“Now that elections have been won and lost, there
should be an end to acrimonious and incendiary
comments. Political discussion has moved from
the pre-2011 era. Our focus is on politics of
issues and development.
“That is what we expect from them, not personal
attacks and falsehood-laced statements indicating
their unpreparedness for governance.
“I’m not unaware that during campaigns some
politicians adopted the campaign of calumny as
strategy believing it would give them undue advantage, but such does not last. What the electorate expects is to be educated on their blueprint for the development of the state.”
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