The All Progressives Congress has said Governor Seyi Makinde is worthy of commendation for allegedly admitted that he had failed woefully in government and has brought setback to the Pacesetter State in his almost four years in office.
The party claimed that Makinde openly admitted the failure by his administration to add value to the people and for not meeting their expectations in the last 41 months.
The APC Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, Oyo APC said in a statement on Sunday that the opposition party’s critical assessment of the Makinde administration had been validated and inadvertently corroborated by the governor himself who had also demonstrated that “he is here to waste four years in the life of the Pacesetter State.
Makinde was the guest on a live interview broadcast aired by a popular private radio station in Ibadan on Saturday where the APC spokesman said the governor admitted that his administration had failed to deliver on some key sectors of the economy and general administration for reasons the governor could not explain.
The statement said, “It is an incontrovertible fact that the whole interview which lasted over an hour was uninspiring and disappointing as usual but it was not all bad listening to the governor as he could not help himself further to misinform and mislead his audience.
“It was obvious that Gov. Makinde’s conscience pricked repeatedly as he responded to questions focusing on his performance so far in office and he owned up to the collosal failure and lamentable setbacks which his leadership had brought to the state.
“Even most of the uninformed and illusioned people who had been speaking highly of Gov. Makinde were taken aback when he publicly admitted that his administration had failed in security, waste management, local government administration, public school management (as he cannot release running grants to principals and headteachers again), commerce (as this concerned the fraudulent handling of Agbowo Shopping Complex and inability to attract meaningful investment) among other things.
“The governor expressed his frustration in tackling the problem waste management and environmental protection. He also talked about why he could not so much on improving the security of the state since he must treat some violent characters in the state with kid glove on account of political partnership.
“As if that was not enough, Gov. Makinde went further to reveal how his government brought complete ruins to Agbowo Shopping Complex in a questionable attempt to privatise the commercial facility.
“Another interesting revelation from the interview was about the governor tried to justify his usurpation of the rights and functions of local government council officials.
“He admitted taking over the financial accounts of all the 33 local government councils as well as the 35 local council development areas whose officials he described as lacking in competence, probity and accountability even when the good people of the state know that the idea of joint account as currently being run by Gov. Makinde and his lackeys at the third tier level of government is to mismanage funds.
“Interestingly, Gov. Makinde spoke about how he approved N10m for each of the council chairmen as their respective monthly security votes but he had to cancel the approval when the officials could not account for the money which had run into several billions of naira over a period of time.
“We wonder why the State Anti-Graft Agency floated by the current administration had not been made to look into this even as the governor himself must be made to explain why he is now the custodian and sole administrator of local government funds.
“However, what Gov. Makinde failed to tell the whole world was that he has not done well in any of the key sectors to justify the confidence reposed in him by the electorate in 2019. Oyo as the Pacesetters state deserves a creative, innovative and sincere governor who would not rule with propaganda, ego and grandstanding.
“While we commend him for the getting his own judgement partially right this time, we urge the governor to buckle down and ensure that something meaningful is achieved within the remaining seven months of the span of his administration.”