Ajimobi should champion bipartisanship and interact with politicians across party lines – Femi Babalola
A former governorship aspirant in Oyo state and member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Engineer Femi Babalola (also known as Jogor) has advised Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi to champion bipartisanship and interact with politicians across party lines.
Speaking to newsmen in Ibadan, Babalola said Ajimobi needs to put up the best civil behaviour and encourage politicians in other parties to work with him.
“He should know God put him there and should conduct himself as governor of all. I will implore him this time to look inward in selecting his aides. He can no longer expect that problems of the state can be solved by outsiders. He should work with aides who are familiar with the state and understand the cultural context they operate,” Babalola said.
He noted that a second-term governor who has no eye on the next election should function as a statesman whose gaze is on the next generation.
“He simply has to devote himself to policies and programmes that will position the state for the future. He has to deliver more on welfare and improve quality of life,” he said.
According to him, Ajimobi needs a sense of empathy and his aides must also be empathy sufficient. IBPulse also gathered he said the citizens of the state are like the governor.
He said: “They must think that children in public schools are like their children, patients in public hospitals are like their family members and the people struggling on the streets are like themselves. He must seek to expand opportunities. It is not time to bruise the feelings of the people. If the government fails to help in this respect, it diminishes itself.”
He called the governor’s attention to creation of jobs, urging him to interact with the Lebanese business community in the state.
“The Lebanese are the largest employer of labour in the state. He can engage them in fashioning strategies to widen the scope of job opportunities they offer. The governor should also consider infrastructural expansion in agriculture,” Babalola said.