Published February 19, 2021
Olufemi Olaniyi , Ibadan
A former Senate Deputy Chief Whip , Senator Hosea Agboola , who is a political ally of Oyo State Governor , Seyi Makinde , has said former Ekiti State governor , Ayo Fayose , is more of a liability to the Peoples Democratic Party than an asset .
He said this on Thursday while welcoming some loyalists of a former governor of Oyo State and leader of the Zenith Labour Party, Rashidi Ladoja , at the Government House , Ibadan .
Agboola , who is popularly called Alleluyah , said this in reaction to a video where Fayose called Makinde a ‘ baby governor ’.
He said it was uncharitable for Fayose to call Makinde a ‘ baby governor ’ and described the ex – governor as an opportunist .
Agboola said, “ Such a statement from Fayose to a serving governor and leader of the PDP in the South – West is most uncharitable and in bad taste .
“ Governor Makinde before venturing into the public service had made tremendous success as a businessman . He rose from there to win a landslide victory as the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the 2019 election .
“ And the 2019 electoral victory came at a time both the state and Federal Government were being controlled by the ‘ almighty’ All Progressives Congress, yet Makinde triumphed and won to prove the bookmakers wrong .
“ Today , Oyo State is witnessing all round development in education , health, infrastructure , economy and lots more . Makinde was able to resolve the crisis in the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology , Ogbomoso , and also ensured it is now the sole property of Oyo State.
“ The man with such a Midas touch, whose future promises greater value to humanity, is to Fayose a baby governor ? He must have woken up from the wrong side of the bed to utter such a statement .
“ But for posterity sake , Fayose deserves no reply , especially if one recalls how he has failed as a politician in his home state
“ Here is Fayose , who had only won elections when the PDP ruled at the centre. His ambition to become a senator in 2011 under the Labour Party was futile , which shows he wins only when the PDP holds sway . Makinde won when opposition was and still at the centre. ”
Agboola , who was recently Chairman , Caretaker Committee of Ekiti PDP , spoke further , “ So, of what political value and relevance is Fayose , who failed woefully to install a successor when he was leaving as an incumbent governor of Ekiti. Ekiti PDP under him became a shadow of itself as he could not produce a single house of assembly member in that state .”