The Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 2019 Governorship Election in Oyo State, Engr Oyedele Hakeem Alao, has expressed sadness and displeasure over the death of Dr Fatai Aborode and the manner he was killed.
He therfore urged Governor Seyi Makinde to face the seriousness and reality of good governance.
He also asked Governor Makinde “to start preparing his valedictory note and speech ahead of 2023 because his administration had been “notorious for handling serious business of governance, particularly security and peace, with hands in gloves.”
Alao stated these in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Ibadan by his media spokesman, Omotayo Iyanda.
Engr Alao, who expressed a deep concern about the killings and criminal activities incessant in the state at the moment, said Dr Aborode was his maternal cousin whose gruesome murder was painful and a personal loss to him.
The statement reads in part, “It was indeed very painful and a personal loss to me that my cousin and such an industrious promising man, Dr Fatai Aborode, an Igangan-born farmer and businessman, was murdered in such a manner he was killed. This killing personally hit me because Dr Aborode was from my maternal lineage.
“I, Oyedele Hakeem Alao, and my other team members heartily commiserate with my entire people in Ibarapa land and Igangan in particular, over the death of my illustrious brother. May God bless his repose and hold together his immediate family and all of us.
“As we commiserate with my people in Ibarapa land over the death of Dr Aborode, it is high time Governor Makinde faced the reality of seriousness of good governance and stop this “populism” style he is bandying around with as his administration has recorded several criminal activities and killings, the recent being the murder of Dr Aborode and another petrol station guard around Alakia, Ibadan.”
It would be recalled that Dr Fatai Aborode was murdered Friday, 11 December, 2020 near his farm by yet to be identified gunmen in Igangan, Ibarapa Central Local Government.
Engr Hakeem Alao, while telling Governor Makinde that donating vehicles and motorcycles was not enough to secure the state, commiserated with the people of Ibarapa land, Igangan in particular, whom he addressed in the statement as his maternal lineage family.
The ex-AD gubernatorial candidate reminded Governor Makinde of the killings that had occurred during his less than two years of administration, saying, “despite all the vans, including the last 25 vehicles of 11 December, 2020, being given out to the police and the inauguration of Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), Amotekun; killing, rape, kidnapping, daylight robbery, brigandage and impunity by hoodlums, particularly the urchins who address themselves as Omo Onile (land grabbers) have been going on in the state.
“Notable among the killings under this administration, which have not been seriously pursued, investigated and concluded, are those of Alhaji Fatai Yusuf Oko Oloyun, Alhaji Babatunde Ore, Modupe Oyetoso’s fiancé (at Lanlate in August), Barakat Bello, and many others, including those that were not reported at all. Giving out vehicles and motorcycles in great number is not enough to secure the state”.