A socio-political pressure group under the aegis of Liberation Movement has decried what it called growing marginalization of the people of Oyo Central Senatorial District in the political equation of the state, alleging that since the advent of democracy in 1999, they have not been allowed to produce the governor of the state.
This was contained in a press statement made available and by signed by its coordinating leader, Victor Oyelayo and made available to News Writers in Abuja that none of the governors of the state since 1999 has come from the central Senatorial district with Oyo south and north dominating the scene.
According to the group, it is politically expedient to balance the democratic equations in the next dispensation with Oyo central producing the next governor in 2019″.
While saying it has begun series of engagement with various stakeholders in the state and beyond, the group said Oyo South alone has produced most of the governors such as Alh. Lam Adeshina, Sen. Rasheed Ladoja and the incumbent governor, Abiola Ajimobi among a host of deputy governors, while Oyo North produced Chief Alao Akala.
It said “emphasis must be placed on collective participation in Oyo state politics, the historical maneuvering, exploitation and political arm twisting of Oyo central must come to an end in 2019.”
“The growth and development of the state must not be undermined by ethnic, racial or sectional politicking, therefore, all hands must be on deck to develop Oyo state to an enviable standard and this can only be achieved when all interest groups and not just a few section is involved in running the affairs of the state.
“The appeal therefore goes to all stakeholders including the political elites, civil society and professional organizations, artisans, market men and women across the length and breadth of Oyo state to look beyond the two senatorial districts that have usurped power in the state in the last 18 years, rather, they should support the fight against sectional marginalisation to a stand still in future gubernatorial elections in the state.
“The highly sensitive political Pace Setter state needs a vibrant, intellectually sound, politically experienced and forward looking grassroots mobiliser from Oyo central senatorial district as Governor of Oyo state come 2019 for the dividends of democracy to be evenly distributed amongst the good people of Oyo state and to guarantee equity, fairness, social justice and a mutually beneficial political climate in the state.
“We have been marginalised for too long and our movement will continue to mobilise and vigorously pursue our goals by all legitimate means within and outside the state to conform with socially and politically acceptable standard,” the group stated.
Chief Editor :Salam Saheed