By Sam Oluwalana
In a statement released on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of planning to snatch lands from residents and converting same to build ranches for certain individuals. This is actually a lie from the pit of hell, as the Governor and the State government has no such plans in the horizon.
Smarting from a political misadventure some weeks ago in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, where they got their nose bloodied and returned home with their tails between their legs, the state chapter of PDP in its usual destructive self, decided to shift attention from their trouncing at the South West Zonal congress and came up with a disjointed narrative that would not even impress the most gullible of party faithful.
For the avoidance of doubts and for the umpteenth time, the state government does not intend to snatch lands from people of the state.
Even, if the state government has any need to acquire lands for any project, it would go through due process and pay commensurate compensation for such exercise.Those whose lands were acquired for projects like the Airport and others can testify to this assertion.
We will like to intimate the leading opposition party in the state that the Fayemi administration has several intervention programmes, especially Agric-related projects that can benefit them and their families.
We advise the indolent party to quit idleness and take advantage of over 7000 hectare of lands already cleared for agricultural purpose across the state. They would be fair to themselves to key into the aggressive mass planting of rice, cassava, cotton and other agricultural crops, including livestock development, instead of fabricating crazy lies that present them as some infantile opposition.
We know their challenges at the moment, but it will bode well for them to stop hating their State because of envy. They were in government four years without a single agricultural policy initiative or programme. Ekiti has gone beyond their barren ideas of roforofo politics.
The state is at peace with itself, don’t bring back the “one day, one trouble” of yore.
Elder Sam Oluwalana is Director of Media and Publicity, Ekiti State APC