From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sikirulai Ogundele has vowed to send Gov Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progrossives Congress (APC) packing after 2015 general eletion.
The former Ifo local government council boss chided the incumbent administration in Ogun State for embarking on what he described as obnoxious policies, saying that, if given the chance, he will do better than him.
“I look at the ongoing projects across the state; I considered them obnoxious policies of my good brother at the helm of affairs. The pennywise- pound- foolish- idea. I believe that he does not know anything about governance”.
“Any leader that allows emotion to reflect in his government has committed blunder and you will all agree with me that this government has committed that. The greatest opportunity our party, PDP, will have in 2015 is the disunity and internal crisis which have torn the ruling party apart and that is where our strength lies”, he affirmed.
He however stated that with the ongoing talk with various political parties with PDP, he is ready to abide with whatever the outcome of the party’s leadership as he will never be a part of a do or die affair.
“I have been an advocate of true federalism and peaceful political game. It is understandable that merger talks are going on with various political parties in the state. I am not going to practice a do or die politics. If I am called upon to shift ground for other offices in the interest of the party, I will accept with all sincerity.
“Our major goal and target is to send away Amosun and his political party; APC from governance in the state, they have mismanaged the trust repose in them and the good people of the state have now seen by themselves which party is better among us, PDP and APC and they now want positive change”, he said.
Meanwhile, Ogundele has called on the federal government to postpone the resumption date for both public and private primary and secondary schools across the country earlier scheduled for September 22 due to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.
According to Ogundele, who spoke with journalists in Abeokuta, the new shift in the resumption date would allow medical experts get drugs to combat the dreaded disease.
It would be recalled that the resumption date for both primary and secondary schools across the country was earlier scheduled for October 13 after a meeting between the Minster for Education, and all State Commissioners of Education in the country and the date was reviewed again by the same body after pressure from proprietors of private schools who kicked against the earlier date of October 13.
On the rumbles over the resumption date of both the public and private schools in the country because of the Ebola Virus Disease, Ogundele; who was a two term lawmaker and former chairman, Ifo local government area of the state, advised that for avoidance of doubt, the federal government should forget about the resumption for now and focus on the way out of the disease.
“I want to advise the federal government to postpone the resumption date till further notice, considering the sensitivity of the disease. As it is today, we have not been told that they have seen a medicine that can cure the disease. Why do we now need to rush our children back to classroom?
“We should note that, it is an infectious disease and life has no duplicate. If it affects one person in a classroom, there is 100% possibility that the whole class is not safe.
“The disease must be tackled with all vigour and rigour and the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, recently disclosed their stand on this matter and it is the same as I am saying. Lets be wise enough and proffer solution first before talking of resumption”, the PDP governorship aspirant said.