The Southwest Zonal Office of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed joy at what it described as ‘the giant strides already being recorded within less than 100 days in office’ of the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde.
A statement by the Southwest spokesman of the Party, Mr Ayo Fadaka, expresses happiness that the people of Oyo State are indeed experiencing a new lease of life in Makinde’s short tenure, so far.
The statement adds that the experience is evident in view of the quality of policies, legislation and managerial acumen of the Governor, which it said is manifestly being impressed on the people, thereby indicating that it cannot be business as usual in the Pacesetter State.
Furthermore, the statement says, “We note with sadness a statement credited to the immediate past Governor of the State to the effect that the issues of missing Government vehicles is a ‘minor issue’ and that such was not ‘worthy’ of the attention of government.”
It states that the attempt of the former Governor to whimsically dismiss fraudulent and sharp practices of that magnitude clearly underscores the levity with which the State’s resources were carelessly frittered under his watch.
The statement notes the Oyo State Government as maintaining that many of the cars procured in February 2019 by the Ajimobi administration remain missing and such vehicles, in view of their age, cannot be classified and described as unserviceable.
According to the statement, “We, therefore, demand of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the former Oyo State Governor, to take due cognisance of what posterity will say concerning him and his tenure and immediately impress it on his appointees to return those vehicles to the new government.”
Recalling that the Ajimobi administration awarded a N7billion contract to an upstart contractor who is nowhere to be found after the sum of N2billion was paid to him, the statement called the act ‘grand larceny’, saying it was sad that it happened in Oyo State.
The statement notes, “In view of the foregoing, Governor Seyi Makinde must do a proper audit of what transpired in the Ajimobi years, as it will help the people of the State to realise how criminal actions were perpetrated under the guise of governance.”
The group however, congratulated Governor Makinde for what it described as, bringing laughter back to the lips of Oyo State workers, especially pensioners, through his administration’s payment of 100 per cent of their emoluments as against the 20 per cent paid under the APC administration of Senator Ajimobi.
The statement notes, “This action demonstrates Makinde’s respect for the people he governs and also an attestation of PDP’s genuine care for the people. The people of the State are certainly in for a dose of compassionate administration. We also ask the people of the Southwest region to take due cognisance of developments in Oyo.”