The ruling Peoples Democratic Party lashed out at former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, over his advice to his successor Governor Seyi Makinde. In a speech to the Ibadan Elders’ Forum over the weekend, Ajimobi criticized Makinde for dealing with “mundane issues”.
In Ajimobi’s words: “He (Makinde) must build and not demolish. He must build and not destroy. We have raised the bar of governance in this state and can’t afford to see it go down again. We must not return to the days of brigandage and days of locust where chaos and disorder was the norm in Ibadan.
“Let him face the job and not look at mundane issues. There was a time I heard he said our government officials took cars away, which vehicle is he talking about among all the issues on ground in the state.”
Backstory: Ajimobi’s criticism comes after a recent 48-hour ultimatum by Governor Makinde to all political officials who served in his administration asking them to return vehicles and all other assets belonging to the Oyo State government. Reacting to Ajimobi’s utterances, the PDP said that the issue of theft from government by Ajimobi’s officials cannot be dismissed as “mundane”.
Per PDP Publicity Secretary, Akeem Olatunji: “Should we classify theft as mundane because it was perpetrated by some political “demi gods” who happened to serve a previous government? What is expected of Ajimobi is to prevail on his loyalists to return any property belonging to the state they might have illegally kept aside. Besides his defence of the missing vehicles, Senator Ajimobi has also been gallivanting round the city of Ibadan in recent times as if in some victory laps. He has made statements to the effect that he turned around the state and has also been offering words of advice to Governor Seyi Makinde. We congratulate him for the alleged feat.”
- Responding to Ajimobi’s claims of success, Olatunji said that they “fall way below the pacesetter status of Oyo state.”