By Dapo Saalami Ibadan
The National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party on Tuesday, at a mega rally of the party in Mapo hall, Ibadan, Oyo state, warned the state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed to respect the rights of the party’s candidates to seek people’s votes without hindrances.
Apparently worried by the reports that hours before the rally kicked-off, members of the party and a police officer, who were arranging and putting finishing touches on the venue, were shot by suspected members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Nwanyanwu said the development could escalate crisis and precipitate violence.
Nwanyanwu flanked by his wife; a former Governor of the state, Rashidi Ladoja and members of the National Working Committee of the ZLP, also raised the alarm that since the party’s house of Representatives candidate for Ibadan South West and Ibadan North West left APC to contest under ZLP, security agents have been on his (Ajanaku) neck following a trumped up allegation by his opponent.
Nwanyanwu, who presented ZLP flags to the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Sharafadeen Alli; the three senatorial candidates and all the 14 house of Representatives candidates, including Ajanaku, said nothing must happen to the young man, ‘whose entry into the race, has continued to send jitters than the spines of the ruling party and its candidate in the constituency.’
He solicited the votes of the electorate for Alli, whom he described as “a man with character. He is the best man for the job. Check if any of other candidates has the character of Alli, he is the finest of them all. Vote for him and he will work for you. Alli will restore lost glories in education, especially Oyo state rating in WAEC and develop LAUTECH.”
Nwuanyanwu said Alli, if elected governor, will implement the party’s manifestoes by industrialising the state, lift the downtroden masses from poverty circle, change the paradigm shift in governance and make artisans and traders enjoy revolving loans to grow their businesses to make the society better.
Speaking with vision update, Nwuanyanwu Commended the appointment of the new IGP, Nwuanyanwu urged him to call his Commissioners to order, and direct them to be fair to all political parties. Nigerians are saying it must not be business as usual. They should stop harassing our people before, during and after the elections. They must allow people to choose freely through the ballot. I therefore urge the people of Oyo state to vote out non-performers because they have no business being in government.
“Governor Ajimobi, if anything happens to Ajanaku, we will hold you responsible. Everybody is free to belong to a party of his or her choice, enough of harassment of our candidates,” Nwuanyanwu added