8th October, 2010
Amdst tight security, the former Deputy Governor of Oyo State during the one-year illegalÂ administration of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala this afternoon declared his intention toÂ contest 2011 governorship poll.
There was tension in Ibadan as there was a speculation that Alao-Akala made franticÂ efforts to stop the event by attempting to use police to foil the declaration.
As at 7am, heavy security men comprising about 100 policemen and men of the StateÂ Security Service, SSS, bombarded the Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, the venue for theÂ declaration.
The Divisional Police Officer, DPO Iyaganku Divisional Police station, Mr. T.F. OgunmefunÂ led the policemen to the press centre.
Apart from the fact that policemen were stationed at strategic places in the city toÂ forestall crisis, the declaration slated for 9am did not start until 12 noon.
Gbolarunmi who admitted that the previous government in the state including the one heÂ served as a deputy governor failed the state, emphasized, â€œThe previous administrations,Â including the one in which I served briefly, failed to meet the expectations of theÂ people and most probably did not attain the minimum standard which they must have set forÂ themselvesâ€.
He said, â€œI stand here before you with all humanity and a sense of purpose to proclaimÂ the beginning of a collective mission, a shared resolve to take Oyo State out of theÂ gloom and murkiness that have characterized not just the body polity but it is totalÂ representation in the last 10 years of democratic governance in Nigeria. The trajectoryÂ followed is worrisome and the challenges we face as a people though quite daunting areÂ nevertheless not intractable. Our predicaments are manmade not naturalâ€.
Gbolarunmi condemned the government of Akala saying that he destroyed every strata ofÂ life adding that the incumbent administration mismanaged the public funds.
If elected asÂ governor, he promised programmes that would make life better for theÂ citizens stressing that he would pay attention to education, provision of infrastructureÂ and improvement of the economy.
â€”By Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan