Governor Ajimobi warns the Governor-Elect against praise-singers

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, in a warm hand shake with the Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde,

The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has warned the Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde, to be cautious of praise-singers, as he prepares to take over the administration of the state on May 29.

He gave the advice on Thursday while playing host to the Governor-Elect, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Agodi Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

The Governor said, “Beware of praise singers, avoid acrimony. It is always better to leverage on relationship instead of dwelling in acrimonies.”

Ajimobi also advised Makinde to leverage on relationships by attracting people from both his party and others from across party divide in the state, to help him in managing the affairs of the state.

While congratulating Makinde on his victory at the polls, Ajimobi also commended him for initiating the visit, saying it was a departure from the norm.

He also urged the incoming government to sustain the level of relationship and cordiality.

“I congratulate you on the opportunity nature has given you to serve humanity. For me, it is a matter of changing baton and I commend your noble move which is different from the past when after someone lost the election, they will start making troubles and abusing each other,” Ajimobi stated.

Peace and Security

Addressing the Governor-Elect and in the company of top government functionaries, Governor Ajimobi urged the incoming administration to sustain the peace and security in the state.

He further assured the Governor-Elect of his readiness and availability to ensure the success of the incoming administration in the interest of the people of the state as a whole.

“We will be available to you should you need our advice. You should look at the areas we have done well and sustain it and in the areas we have not, please adjust it. We have always been brothers and I believe you deserve it and you have won. The spirit with which we have started, must be sustained,” Ajimobi added.

In his response, the Governor-Elect said the essence of the visit was to see the Governor first-hand and solicit his support, in the interest of moving the state forward.

Makinde noted that, “You have done your own part. Our state is dear to all of us and we shall share your vision like I had said in one of our numerous interactions before the elections. We want to work together with you and make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible.”

The Governor-Elect was accompanied on the courtesy visit by the Deputy Governor-Elect, Mr. Rauf Olaniyan, a former Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Hosea Agboola, business mogul, Femi Babalola, PDP State Chairman, Mr. Kunmi Mustapha, the Campaign Director-General, Bayo Lawal and Spokesperson of the Campaign Team, Prince Dotun Oyelade, among others.