Wife of the late strongman of Ibadan politics and creator of ‘amala politics’, Chief Lamidi Adedibu, and a leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Mrs Bose Adedibu, on Thursday faulted the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi for condemning her late husband’s style of politics.
She was reacting to a statement credited to Gov. Ajimobi recently that the “era of amala politics is gone” in the state.
The governor also said under the era of ‘amala politics’, which was made popular by the late Adedibu, the Internally Generated Revenue in the state was shared by politicians but that is no longer the case as according to him, “we can account for what we have spent”.
However, Mrs. Adedibu disagreed with Ajimobi, saying the present administration in the state could not account for what it spends.
According to her, the governor did not condemn her husband’s ‘amala politics’ 12 years ago when he benefited from it to become senator on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD).
“Baba Adedibu was lover of Ibadan indigenes and one of them is governor Ajimobi, who also happens to be like a son to my husband. Ajimobi was only condemning Adedibu’s leadership to play his usual mild drama, because he lacks the moral right to do so”, she said.
Mrs. Adedibu insisted that her husband’s passing gave the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties opportunity to thrive in the state, adding that the late strongman of Ibadan politics has created a vacuum difficult to fill, as a backbone of PDP in the state.
She likened the situation in the state to the absence of the cat, which gives the rat chance to exist, saying that the abysmal performance of the PDP in the last governorship election in the state was due to Baba Adedibu’s absence.
“It was very pathetic that despite our efforts and the money we expended to tell people of Oyo State our good intention to govern them, were to no avail. But, we have accepted the result as God’s wish, a reason we did not go to court to challenge the outcome of the elections”, she said.