Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola has come under fire for absenting himself from the Southern Nigeria Governors’ Forum meeting held in Delta State earlier in the week.
The southern governors convened the meeting on Wednesday to discuss the insecurity challenges in the region.
Coming out of the meeting, the governors rolled out a 12-point resolution in which they called for restructuring and also placed a ban on open grazing in the region.
However, it was learnt that the Osun state governor, reportedly in Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj, was not part of the 17 governors that attended the summit and neither did his deputy, Benedict Alabi, who had been in charge of the state governor in the absence of Oyetola, deem it fit to attend.
The state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised concerns as to why the governor would choose to be absent from such a sensitive meeting bordering on insecurity, adding that it is an absolute disservice to the people of the state.
The PDP through its Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Oladele Oluwabamiji, however, warned that Oyetola must be careful to not aggravate insecurity ravaging the state in a bid to please some power brokers in the country.
The party said, “We query the conspicuous absence of governor Oyetola at such a high powered meeting of governors in the Southern part of the country where sensitive decisions bordering on safely of lives of citizens in the southern part of the country were taken.
“We advise Governor Gboyega Oyetola to desist from putting Osun State into security jeopardy on the altar of politics of courting sympathy of power brokers in the country.
“This state as far as we are concerned, cannot afford to accommodate the main nucleus of insecurity in the region which is predicated on open grazing. Mr Oyetola must stop playing politics with the lives of sons and daughters of Osun State.”
However, the state government although contacted, has made no comment on the matter.