By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State, Chief Niyi Akande has declared that the party will surprise many people in the state and other political parties with an overwhelming victory in the May 2021 Local Government (LG) election.
He boasts that SDP would sweep the 33 local government councils at the polls.
Chief Akande made the declaration in an interview with Western Post in Ibadan while speaking on the preparedness of the party towards the LG election that will hit the ground soon in the state.
According to him, SDP is fully ready to participate in the election having got nomination forms and as well done its primaries which was witnessed by the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).
Chief Akande said the party has complied with all prerequisite of the commission and have taken their campaign to the nook and cranny of the state.
“Yes, we are targeting all the seats in all the local governments in the state and it is going to be operation sweep all the councils come May 2021,” he said.
He said the party is satisfied with OYSIEC in all its conditions, except in the area where the commission recognised caretaker committee, a development which according to him is an alibi in Nigeria constitution.
“If care is not taking with the step they have taken, they will create chaos and anarchy in the election,” he added.
Speaking on the security challenges rocking the nation, the SDP scribe blamed the development on the high rate of unemployment, saying government needs to act fast to address this menace with sincerity of purpose.
He said if the youths are gainfully employed, the problem will abate and peace and development will take place in the economy and political spheres of Nigeria.
He further linked the security problems in the nation to Boko Haram insurgency adding that government is playing politics with the matter.
“It has been alleged by retired Generals that we don’t have the equipment to combat these insurgents. The Armed Forces are not well equipped; the government needs to cure both the primary and secondary causes of the problems, otherwise, it will continue,” he added.
Commenting on the clamour for Yoruba Nation by some Yoruba leaders, Chief Akande said based on lack of fairness, equity and justice in the scheme of things in the nation, especially as it affects Yoruba and Igbo, living together may no longer be easy.
“If it is possible for us to have a sovereign National Conference where the fate of the nation can be determined so that each region will be adequately rewarded and represented, anything short of this, they should go their separate ways,” he said.