Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, on Friday, said the overwhelming performance of his administration in the last six years has silenced the opposition political parties, declaring them dead.
He said this while inaugurating chairmen of the 14 local government and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) who could not be sworn in with their other colleagues in April due to legal impediment.
He stated that he was confident that the expected landslide victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in a local government election, planned for the first quarter of next year, would finally bury the opposition.
It would be recalled that seven Baales in Oyo community had gone to an Abuja Federal High Court to challenge the boundary demarcation that gave rise to some of the new LCDAs created by the governor in August, last year.
A pronouncement by the court had temporarily scuttled the ambition of the 14 new chairmen, while it also caused a delay in the plan by the government to conduct council election within the four-month tenure of the chairmen that came on board in April.
However the court had recently vacated the order stopping Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from releasing the voters register to the State Independent Electoral Commission, thus clearing the hurdle before the election.
Ajimobi said the reprieve had given the state the needed impetus to commence activities towards conducting election into the 33 LGs and 35 LCDAs, which he said would be another milestone in the life of his administration.
He said, "It is in our interest to conduct elections. I have no doubt that we have performed very well as an administration. Our overwhelming performance has silenced the opposition in this state.
“Anytime we go into election we shall clear all by God's grace. All other political parties have gone moribund. They are literally dead. Let us conduct LG elections to bury them.
"Let me therefore tell you (chairmen) that your tenure will be for four months only. We will conduct election before the end of your tenure. You are also free to contest and this is an opportunity for you to perform very well and enhance your chances of being picked".
He explained that Thursday's inauguration was the concluding part of an episode that started in April when 53 chairmen were inaugurated into the LGs and LCDAs.
The governor then urged the new chairmen to use the opportunity to bring development closer to the grassroots, while he admonished them to eschew the temptation of using the opportunity for self aggrandizement.
He added that political representation was no longer for loafers and jobbers, stressing that it was now solely for the promotion of the course of humanity.