A Chieftain of All Peogressives Congress in Oyo state, Jide Adeyemi has advised Governor Seyi Makinde of the state to adopt the model and strategies used by the late former Governor Abiola Ajimobi to curb menacing insecurity bedeviling the state.
Adeyemi gave the advice shortly after registering at the ongoing membership and revalidation exercise of APC at Itabale, Olugbode, Ibadan, and the tour of Ibadan North East /South East federal constituency of the state to mobilize residents of the area to take part in the exercise.
Various zones of the state have been experiencing one form of insecurity or the other in the recent past.
Ibarapa zone was brought to national prominence due to insecurity occasioned by herder-farmers’ clashes, unrest at Sasha market in Ibadan over the weekend.
These developments have been giving residents a sleepless night.
Adeyemi, a House of Representatives hopeful, who is a communication expert urged Makinde to stop paying lip service to the issue of security.
According to him, ”My advice to Governor Seyi Makinde is not to pay lip service to the issue of security. Before now, this is a state where people moved freely but now, they are scared that there could be attacked by hoodlums formenting trouble . It didn’t happen when Abiola Ajimobi was in power.
“When APC was in power in this state, we did not experience this kind of insecurity. To me, if there is a strategy that worked, there is no need to change it. Everyone who causes chaos and threatens the security of Oyo State should be brought to justice. Even if you prosecute one out of seven that cause chaos in the state, others will sit tight.
“The hoodlums continue to have the field day, because nobody is being prosecuted. The governor needs to work together with all the security apparatus of the state”.
Speaking on the registration and revalidation exercise, Adeyemi said, ”The exercise has confirmed to us that people are actually interested in our party. My advice is that if we want to change Nigeria, we must all come together. I’m encouraging everyone to come out in order to make this country great.
“It is not enough for us as young people to complain about the governance and things that are going on in the country. We also need to participate. Without participation, we cannot make any change. We are happy that the people of Itabale, Ibadan have come out to identify with the progressive party which is All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The young, the old have come out. This has shown that APC is the party people want to belong to for national development. We cannot sit down and be looking at how things are going, we need to participate and we need to be part of the process.
“If you are not a member of a political party, you cannot determine who will represent that party and the standard-bearer of the party. For young people, it is not enough to post things on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. INEC will not count our posts or prayer points.
“Beyond going out to vote, everyone needs to come out to join the party and be involved in governance in order to make Nigeria a better country”.