The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State has slammed erudite lawyer and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) for adjudging Governor Seyi Makinde as performing poorly in his 11 months in office.
The party was reacting to Akintola’s interview on Southwest Political Circuit, a Fresh FM, Ibadan weekend programme that engages prominent politicians on local and national issues. Akintola, who was a governorship aspirant in last year’s election in Oyo State, said Makinde has not impressed anyone. He posited that he has been practicing populism to attract public love and deliberately de-marketing his predecessor Abiola Ajimobi and his legacies. Ajimobi, who was the governor from 2011 to 2019, is of the APC.
Rather than take hard decisions for the overall interest of the state, the lawyer said Makinde has been avoiding stepping on toes thereby failing to maintain the standard he inherited not to talk of building on it.
But the PDP poo-poohed Adeniyi Akintola’s claims, saying he exposed his ignorance about the workings of government.
The party said Akintola in the interview, told deliberate lies to discredit Makinde’s soaring reputation as a man who has rescued Oyo State from the hands of oppressors, stressing that there was no basis for comparison between APC’s and current PDP administration in the state.
The statement signed by the state chairman of the party and Publicity Secretary, Chief Kunmi Mustapha and Akeem Olatunji respectively in response to Chief Adeniyi Akintola’s claim, read in part:
“We, as a party finds it very appalling but amusing that APC in Oyo state presumed that the good people of Oyo State could be continually embarrassed by its unremorseful and unapologetic party that rode to power on the backdrop of lies, deceitful propaganda, and unbridled penchant for power even in the face of lack of capacity and political will to be in government…OYO PDP
The statement reads further,
“APC government under Ajimobi did not only plunge Oyo state into unprecedented debt but also failed to tell Oyo people why Oyo state became poorer both economically and in term of the reserve but for the purpose of education, there are things such as investment in human capital development, investment in socio-economic development, as well as investment in infrastructural development, Governor Makinde is applying a scientific and logical approach to governance in order to fully restore the state back to a healthy one, that is why we are moved by people’s views, not opposition.”Oyo PDP
The party listed some of the road projects already undertaken by the Makinde administration to prove Chief Adeniyi Akintola wrong; Bridges/Culverts with Approach Roads already completed by Governor Seyi Makinde led administration:
1) Alaro 7up in Oluyole Estate
2) Ogbere Moradeyo
3) Oki-Oke Ayo
4) Alaro Poly along Eleyele Road
5) Isokun behind Odogbo Barracks
6) Ebenezery along Isebo-Iyana Church Road
7) Maje behind Soka Area.
Two others behind Agbala Itura Tuntun are about being asphalted:
Others at the advanced stage and should be completed this month:
It also emphasized that easing lockdown across the nation by both the federal and state governments was a confirmation that Makinde’s style of handling the COVID-19 pandemic is commendable as his style gave priority to the livelihood of residents, hence he did not embark on total lockdown.
Engr Akeem Olatunji
Oyo State PDP