By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
United States Of America based group known as Hope Alive has sent a warning to the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the national leader of the Party, Asiwaju Bọlá Tinubu to allow people of the two states decide over whom they want.
The president of the group, Sunday Owoyemi, who made this known, in a statement made available to our correspondent in Akure, applauded the national leader, Asiwaju Tinubu for how far he has been keeping the party, stressing that the fatherly role he has been playing should be maintained and sustained by distancing himself from the election process in the states.
He, however, said that the national Chairman should be cautioned over his attitudes towards destroying the good legacy the party is known for far before he became the Chairman.
According to him “In complementing the effort of the Progressives Governors, elected on the platform of the APC initiating moves to secure the second term of Godwin Obaseki and Rotimi Akeredolu of Edo and Ondo States respectively, the Hope Alive-USA at a critically crucial virtual meeting held on the 28th day of May, 2020 in Maryland USA, resolved to call on President Buhari to call the former Lagos state Governor, Ahmed Tinubu to hands off Ondo and Edo states Governorship election scheduled to hold in 2020 lest he be held responsible for any post election violence in Ondo state that may follow any election manipulation as 1983 post election violence is still very fresh in our memory where Akure lost most of her illustrious sons and properties.
“Hope Alive-USA is also aware of the good job Asiwaju Tinubu is doing for the party but as well, he should let the people of the state decide because our constant in touch with the politics of the south west Nigeria and Nigeria as a Nation, We have noted with utmost concern that Nigerians celebrate looters of our common patrimony.
“Those that have inflicted pains and agonies on them through extreme corruption. They celebrate very selfish and myopic capitalists who have pocketed the nation and pillaged our people for their insatiable appetite for wealth”.
“Hope Alive-USA fumed that a single entity or individual cannot hold the states of the southwest to ransom by constant imposition of candidates through the back door on the people against their wishes”
All over the world democracy is a system of government where citizens are allowed to freely elect their leaders and freely participate in the proposal and creation of laws of their states.
“We were in Ondo state not too long a time. We saw Mr. Akeredolu’s achievement how he transformed the state capital and other cities. Berating his administration effort in reshaping the state is jejune politics, it is also ungodly and unfair which we must all rise to condemn.
“Therefore, for a few individuals across our boarders to use their ill-gotten wealth as a tool and mechanism to hold or ambush the people of Ondo to ransom will not only be rejected but will meet stiff opposition from us.
“We reiterate ones again, our commitment to save Ondo state from political marauders. Our members are Ondo state indigenes resident US. Hence, we are not beggars neither are we political scavengers.
“Most of us scattered abroad, toiling day and night because of extreme poverty that attended destructive corruption of Nigeria politicians leading to mass unemployment.”
Hope Alive-USA commended the progressive governors who are meeting currently in Abuja to take a common position on how best they can rescue Ondo and Edo states from the hand of a feudal lord and insist on the right of first refusal for Obaseki and Akeredolu respectively.