SDP is the only genuine progressive party, says Osoba
THE national leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Segun Osoba yesterday said that his party remained the only genuine progressive party in the country hence the electorate should vote massively for it in the coming elections.
Osoba who spoke at a meeting he held with traditional rulers, political leaders and other stakeholders at Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu North Local Council Area of the State, stated that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State had failed in terms of provision of “Dividends of democracy” to the people hence, they should vote for the SDP who, according to him would meet their expectations in terms of good governance.
The former Governor stated that Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s led administration in the State had concentrated development in one section of the State to the detriment of other sections and therefore described him as a “Sectional Governor”.
He also described Amosun as a “Stooge” of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying most of Amosun’s supporters are loyalists of Obasanjo.
He flayed the state government’s claim that no fewer than 50,000 youths had been employed in the last three and half years.
Osoba also accused Amosun of abandoning the Ago-Iwoye bridge, which was initiated by his (Osoba) administration “Only to be building bridges at Sapon, Itoku and Iyana Mortuary in Abeokuta”.
The former governor decried the “injustice” allegedly meted out to the deputy governor of the state, Prince Segun Adesegun, by the governor.
He said the shabby treatment of the deputy governor was a slap to the people of Ijebuland, which he noted Adesegun represented.
Osoba said, “We gave Adesegun as Amosun’s deputy because of his experience as commissioner for works. We had expected that the governor would tap from Adesegun’s wealth of experience in governance but the governor chose otherwise and started constructing bridges where there is no water.
“Amosun really dealt with Adesegun; he maltreated him. Ijebu people should not see the insult meted out to Adesegun as that of Adesegun alone. They should see it as a collective insult. Therefore, it is time for Ijebu people to fight back with their votes. I’m begging you to stop the maltreatment of the Ijebus with your votes.
“It is time to defend yourselves. This is not 1999 election when you voted for your kinsman, (Jubril) Martins-Kuye, against me. You must show Amosun with your votes come February 28, 2015, all of you must come out en masse and pay Amosun back.”
Osoba spoke shortly after the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Gbenga Kaka had inaugurated some projects he singlehandedly financed in the area.
Kaka who appealed to the people to vote for the SDP, named one of the projects after Osoba for the Ex-Governors “immence contributions towards the development of the State”.