The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) has described the education policy of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government whereby students of higher institutions are subjected to exorbitant fees as anti-people and does not portray the party as progressive.
While welcoming a governorship aspirant of the party in the Osun State gubernatorial election, Alhaji Akinade Akinbade, to the party secretariat in Abuja, the National Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, said the party intends to reverse all policies unfavourable to the people in Osun and Ekiti States.
He said if elected, the party would address the issue of high tuition fees and all other obnoxious policies presently being forced on the people in Lagos and Osun States.
“We are aware of the intention of the incumbent governor to frustrate the emergence of an LP government in the state but he will fail.
“In Osun State, we need a responsible government not the one where a governor would have to call someone somewhere on the phone before he can make appointments.
“We do not need a governor who will be anointed by a godfather and who will be frittering the resources of the people,” he said.
Citing an example of the party’s antecedents, Nwanyanwu said in Ondo State where LP is holding sway, the state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has been able to utilise the limited resources available to the state to better the lives of the people through provision of healthcare, affordable education and infrastructure in the state.
Referring to the fees being charged in tertiary institutions in states controlled by APC in the South-west, Nwanyanwu said Ondo State hold, the record of the lowest tuition fees paid by students.
“We are a peaceful party unlike APC which is a violent party; we have never caused any violence during our functions. APC has been known to always resort to violent conduct when they lose elections,” stated.
While speaking on what he has to offer the people of the state, Akinbade said if LP wins the election, it will ensure free and qualitative education, adding that his administration will make healthcare delivery a priority and also provide employment for the youths.
According to him, “Agriculture would form the pillar of economic development activities in the state. We are going to engage young school leavers who currently roam the streets doing menial jobs in mechanised farming with emphasis to promote ancillary industries to further provide employment for the youths.”
He said there would be committed effort to improve the infrastructure, especially in the area of electricity supply.
The aspirant also stated that his government would implement a novel industrialisation policy whereby it will encourage growth of industries in the state by providing counterpart funding support to the tune 60 percent.
The LP governorship aspirant who said he was in Abuja to formally submit his expression form to contest the governorship election assured the people that victory is sure for the party.
Meanwhile, the campaign for the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in office kicked off yesterday evening in Ile-Ife.
The Chairman of the campaign committee and senator representing Osun Central senatorial district, Professor Sola Adeyeye, said the governor will surely beat his opponent Senator Iyiola Omisore in the August 9 governorship election.
According to him, Omisore has nothing to show to Osun people as to make him the governor of the state.
Also, in his remarks, Aregbesola said he would redouble his efforts in making live more meaningful for the people of the state if re-elected.
According to him “our government will redouble its efforts in our infrastructural development in the state and assist the people to develop economically.
He also called on the people of the state to desist from violence from any quarters, saying the APC would resist any attempt to rig during elections.
Aregbesola therefore urged all the stakeholders to ensure victory during the elections.
However, the group called,Ekiti Youth Emancipation Movement (EYEM), yesterday alleged that it had uncovered plans by the governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti and Osun States, Ayo Fayose and Omisore, to import thugs from Osun State as well as Niger-Delta militants under the guise of poll monitors.
The group made the allegation in a statement signed by its President, Taiwo Olatunji, saying both Fayose and Omisore had already succeeded in registering spurious groups as monitors in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.
According to EYEM in the statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, their real intention was to use the so-called monitors as a cover to bring in thugs and guns.
“These poll monitors, we gathered, had already been registered with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Fayose and Omisore’s imported thugs masked as poll monitors who would be deployed to all polling units with cloned voter’s cards on election day with the purpose of destroying ballot boxes and papers wherever APC is leading in the poll.
“The PDP is feverishly worried that Fayemi will record a sweeping victory in the election hence its plan to cause a stalemate.
“We are waiting to see how these aliens will be in possession of voter’s cards in Ekiti State. We would like to know their polling units, wards and local governments in the state.”
But the Director of Media and Publicity, Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation, Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, who described the allegation as untrue, said: “Omisore has no reason to come to Ekiti State on the day of election to do anything.
“And we want to make it clear that we don’t have interaction with the Niger Delta people, so this is a lie”.
Meanwhile, the LP governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has called for the immediate arrest of the Interim Chairman of APC in the state, Chief Jide Awe, over allegation that the opposition are planning to bomb the state.
Bamidele said it would be a great security threat and shirking of one’s responsibility should the police play ostrich about such weighty allegation, in spite of the litany of bombings and killings that had been witnessed in some parts of the country, culminating in the death of thousands of innocent Nigerians.
The party also absolved the Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, of culpability in the violence that erupted during the party’s mega
rally in Ikere on Saturday, stating that the Mimiko did not invade Ekiti with hordes of thugs as claimed by APC.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday by his Media Aide, Ahmed Salami, Bamidele charged the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) to invite Awe to Abuja to provide evidence to substantiate what he described as misdirected allegation.
In another development, Children in Ekiti State yesterday embarked on solidarity rally where they called for release of the abducted schoolgirls in Borno State.
They moved around the governor’s office before they presented their position speech to the Governor of the State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
The Speaker, Children Parliament of Ekiti State, Mr. Ilesami Oluwaseun, called on President Goodluck Jonathan, to make serious efforts without delay on how the abducted girls would rejoin their friends and family members.