The last word seems not to have been heard yet on the issue of the transformer gift that was given to Sabo community by the governorship candidate of the PDP in Oyo state, Teslim Folarin.
In a statement, Folarin attempted to clear the air on the saga. Read the statement below.
“It is with sadness that I learnt of a particular incident which purportedly took place in the Sabo area of Ibadan on Sunday. I understand that a transformer which I had donated to the community was the subject of controversy between the youths of the area and some leaders with either side accusing the other of trying to sell the transformer. The PDP youths in the area subsequently took the transformer to a safe place within Sabo area itself pending an amicable resolution which I understand was resolved by the leaders of the community.
Fact; I was not aware of this incident until this morning when I was woken up with headlines all over the internet that I had taken back the transformer because I had lost an election. It is instructive to note that no media house had even contacted me to find out the truth.
I have since contacted members of Sabo community and they confirmed that the matter has been resolved.
Which brings me to the worrying conclusion that a well orchestrated and sophisticated campaign of calumny has begun against my person as a precursor to the 2019 elections. I would advice my supporters to take heart and remain peaceful as this is only one in a long line of attacks that I will expect from enemies of my progress.
For now it is a time for healing and introspection, we have had a long campaign and everyone needs to rest and thank God for his or her life before asking God to prolong our lives to the said 2019.
I thank the good people of Oyo state for your continued support.”
But in what I can describe as a master stroke, Governor Abiola Ajimobi today reportedly replaced the withdrawn Greek gift with a bigger one.
Residents of Sabo community said Folarin withdrew the transformer after losing in the ward and in Oyo State as a whole. The community complained to the governor and he replaced it with a bigger one.