What candidates said at Ogbomoso YFGGM’s political debate, see parties that shunned event
The Ogbomoso Youth for Good Governance Movement (OYFGGM)’s political debate held Thursday at Ogbomoso Recreation Club was an eye opener in many respects.
While the candidates of the major political parties – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Accord Party shunned the discourse candidates for the Oyo State House of Assembly elections from Labour Party, Action Democratic Party (ADP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) not only attended but used the platform to unveil the key points in their manifestos.
From left: Hon. Kola Sunday Adegboye (ADP) Oriire State Constituency, Hon. Awoniyi Olukunle (Labour Party) Ogbomoso South State Constituency, Comrade Adediran Abiodun Sunday (convener OYFGGM), Hon. Paul Alagbe (Labour Party) Ogbomoso North State Constituency, and Hon Adegoke Temitope Sunday Alias JAWESOLA (APGA) Ogbomoso North State Constituency
Speaking at the event, convener, Comrade Abiodun Adediran, noted the event, the maiden edition, was not organized to support or favour any political party or belief but “to create an avenue towards having a better Nigeria, where all and sundry enjoy good governance.”
Comrade Adediran pointed out this is in line with the organization’s mission statement, “Towards advocating for good governance,” and motto, “Good governance for all.”
Adediran who was a former president Federation of Ogbomoso Students Union (FOGSU) further remarked that the event was organized to address important political questions and allow each candidate to discuss their plans for the people of Ogbomoso if elected.
In attendance were leaders of youth clubs, political supporters, and members of the general public.
Honourable Paul Alagbe of the Labour Party running for Ogbomoso North State Constituency, criticized the Seyi Makinde administration for neglecting Ogbomoso, citing as instances the lack of Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) beffiting office in the city and the absence of Ogbomoso natives among the tutor-generals heading TESCOM offices in the state.
Ajagbe however promised to address the “unchanged budget” for LAUTECH and to propose bills that will protect the rights of Ogbomoso natives and encourage industrial development in the city.
Honourable Olukunle Awoniyi of the Labour Party, running for the Ogbomoso South State Constituency, on his own promised to revitalize Ogbomoso Water Supply Scheme while ADP candidate, Kola Adegboye, running for the Orire State Constituency, pledged to sponsor bills that will benefit all citizens and boost the economy.
APGA candidate Honourable Temitope Adegoke, running for Ogbomoso North State Constituency, assured he would focus on creating job opportunities for unemployed youth.
Meanwhile all candidates pledged to work together even if they were minorities in the House just as they expressed disappointment at the absence of their opponents, suggesting that it indicated a lack of commitment to the youth of Ogbomoso.