A Member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)and a governorship aspirant Engr. Popoola Olukayode-Joshua on Thursday declared his intention to contest against the incumbent governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde in 2023 election.
Speaking at the declaration of his intention to run for the office of the governor at the Florentine hall, winners way, Basorun, Ibadan, Popoola berate the Oyo state government over security situation in the state, he further describe it as handmade.
He call on Governor Makinde to give account of the borrowing of his government over the last 30th Months of his administration.
According to the Trained Engineer “Development of any nation largely depends on security of lives and properties. Our party is known for peace and development but today, reverse is the case in Oyo state. None of us is secured again. This is simply because we empowered trouble makers”.
In as much as I agree that security in Nigeria is a national issue, we all know that the magnitude of insecurity in the north is not applicable in the south but ours is handmade. That is why we need a TRUE son of the land like POJ who knows the plight of his people to take over at this stage.
On economy, for how long can we continue to borrow money for payment of salaries? For how long can we empower strangers from Osun state to determine our fate in Oyo state? This government yet to tell us why the state accountant general was arrested and detained. The only statement the government made was EFCC is harassing them. Is that an harassment ? They pretending to be saint when they are even worse than devil. We want accountability not pretence.
We must ask the state government some pertinent questions about the promises they made on security, welfare, job creation, infrastructural development, health care, and women’s right.
As we are ruminating on these questions, I want to tell you dear supporters that today is not time to exhaust our need to get alternative to represent us in 2023 governorship election in our dear party, today is for another business.
In the face of the aforementioned, with great enthusiasm, love for our state, fierce commitment to a vision of rapid progress, and encouragement of family, friends, associates, and well-wishers, I offer myself and declare to contest the 2023 governorship election in Oyo State on the platform of our party, the PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY ( PDP). I am equipped to defeat the Incumbent.
I am inspired by the courage and achievements of all the leaders who have charted the path of development for our great state. I have decided, to quote the immortal words of the late US president John F. Kennedy, “politics is too important to be left to the politicians.”
For strangers who have ignorantly taken over our party and refused to learn, Peoples Democratic Party has been established as a grassroots party of the workers, artisans, middle-class professionals, and all those who desire the progressive development of Nigeria.
The manifesto of our great party is earning not only the respect but also the admiration and envy of the international community in every field of human endeavor.
These are the values that I believe in.
Therefore , our area of focus shall be on the Improvement of the economy of the state. Improved health system, infrastructural development, security of lives and properties, and qualitative education.
Let me conclude by asking everyone to get their voters cards and make sure they come
out to vote, Popoola Olukayode Joshua as the next governor of Oyo State come 2023.
I, Popoola Olukayode Joshua have come to assure every party faithfuls here present,
other members of our great party, and the entire citizens of Oyo state that we shall have
the pacesetter state of our dream, if I am elected.
Some of Oyo People’s Democratic Party members present at the declaration includes : Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeyan, Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe ( Akinyele ) Hon. Makael Aborode ( Ibarapa ), Hon. Azeez Akanji Bello ( Olorunsogo ),Hon. Demola Omotoso ( Ibadan North ) Mr. Adewale Kazeem ( Irepo ), Alhaji Mudasir Somope ( Orelope ), Baba Elizah ( Saki East ), Baba Durojaye ( Saki West ), Alhaji Azeez Eyonbo ( Atisbo ), Alhaji Basiru Aranse ( Itesiwaju ), Baba Rigoro ( Iseyin ), Alhaji Adele ( Kajola ), Hon. Olayiwola Taofik ( Iwajowa ), Baba Ismaila Asipa Ibadan ( North ), Princess Aderonke Adedoja ( Oluyole ), Hon. Taofik Aolalubarika ( Ogbomoso North ), Hon. Olateju ( Ogbomoso South ), Hon. Job Akande ( Orire ), Elder Mathew Abioye and all state party Excos led by the state chairman, Hon. Micheal Okunlade