By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Sunday advised the incoming governor of the state. Engineer Seyi Makinde to be ready to step on toes ” to be successful and impactful.”
He also tasked the incoming governor not to treat miscreants in and across the state with kid gloves and continue from where his administration stopped.
The governor gave the advice in Ibadan during a special thanksgiving service for his successful completion of two-term tenure, held at the Cathedral of St James, Oke-Bola, Ibadan.
Governor Ajimobi stressed that any attempt by the incoming administration of Engineer Seyi Makinde at treating miscreants with kid gloves may derail his administration.
“I will advise the incoming governor to continue from where we are stopping. He may need to step on toes to be successful and impactful. If he treats miscreants with kid gloves they may derail his administration. “ he said.
The governor however thanked religious bodies in Oyo State for standing by his administration and for promoting inter-faith harmony throughout his eight years in office.
“I have come to thank God for his mercies. I owe all I’m and all I have been able to achieve to God. God did not mind my humble background and where I came from before making it possible for me to become governor for two historic terms. Another reason for my thanksgiving is for the peace reigning in Oyo state. Even if sustenance of peace and security is the only thing we have achieved, we are proud of this. I thank the religious bodies, both Christian and Muslims for standing by me for the eight years of my being the governor,” he said.
While praising his wife, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, for being his pillar of strength and for keeping the home front united, Governor Ajimobi said it was noteworthy that he came into government with a nuclear family of seven, which had grown to 19 extended family members by the time he was leaving.
The governor then advised the wife of the incoming governor to sustain the Women Intercessory Network prayer team formed by his wife, which organised monthly prayers for the peace and prosperity of the administration and the state in general.
“I can confidently say that I ruled Oyo State with the fear of God. The Women Intercessory Network prayer team did very well. Your prayers assisted us to sail and land safely. I will advise the incoming governor to support his wife to sustain WIN. It has been helpful. We have impacted on the socioeconomic development of Oyo State, as well as peace and security. We met Oyo in bricks but we are leaving it in marble.”
Speaking further, Governor Ajimobi commended his Deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo, for being ‘the most loyal deputy’ he had ever seen anywhere in the country, while he praised members of the state executive council and other political appointees for contributing to the success story of his administration.