By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Thursday advised the Oyo State Governor elect, Engineer Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to beware of praise singers and sycophants
The governor who said this while receiving the Governor elect into the Oyo state Government House, Agodi, Ibadan during a courtesy visit to him assured the Governor-elect, of his administration’s full support towards a successful change of baton and smooth take off of the incoming administration.
Governor Ajimobi emphasized that there is the need for the incoming administration of Governor elect Makinde to sustain the peace and security that his administration had enthroned in the last eight years.
In doing this, he stressed that the Governor elect should be wary of sycophants and praise singers, as t all the acrimonies that attended the general election should be consigned to the dustbin of history now that elections have been won and lost.
“Beware of praise singers and sycophants. It is always better to leverage on relationship instead of dwelling in acrimonies. Elections have been won and lost and we should forget all acrimonies that attended the elections.The peace and security that we have established must be sustained and I know you as a man of peace who is not criminally inclined. I commend you for coming and for me it is a reflection of your kind of person. You are of noble character,” he said.
Governor Ajimobi added, “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. We should sustain this spirit we have started with.”
Speaking further, Governor Ajimobi commended Governor elect Makinde for initiating the visit, saying, he had demonstrated that he was of noble character and that his action was an indication that the interest of the state was paramount to him.
“I congratulate you on the opportunity nature has given you to serve humanity. I commend your noble move which is different from the past when after someone loses an election, they will start making troubles and abusing each other.
I am so happy that we are moving this state to a high level. Our own was relatively peaceful and for you to say you want to come and greet me, it is a departure from the past. For me, we must continue on this path”.
The Governor elect, Engineer Seyi Makinde while speaking disclosed that his visit was to see the governor firsthand since the conclusion of the elections, as that the incoming administration would be requiring the help of the incumbent in the interest of the state.
“The visit is to see you firsthand since the end of the election. We will require your help. Electioneering is over and certain things that we might have said were just for the campaign talks, but now is the time to face reality
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.” he said.
The governor elect was accompanied by his Deputy Governor-elect, Mr Rauf Olaniyan; a former Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Hosea Agboola; State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Kunmi Mustapha; his spokesperson, Prince Dotun Oyelade, and other PDP leaders.