The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on Saturday advised his successor in office, Engr Seyi Makinde to face governance and stop looking at mundane issues.
Senator Ajimobi gave the advice while speaking at a reception organised for him by the Ibadan Elders Forum held at the Ibadan House, Oke- Aremo area of Ibadan.
The former governor who was reacting to the allegation that himself and members of his cabinet left office with Oyo State Government owned vehicles in their custody, said rather than engaging in mundane issues, Governor Makinde should concentrate and build on successes of his administration and move the state forward.
“I pray that Makinde succeeds as governor of the state. It is in our interest that he should succeed . I heard them say that members of our cabinet carted away government cars. We have served and left. He should stop looking at mundane issues. ” he said.
Emphasizing that Oyo State cannot afford to go back in terms of development., Senator Ajimobi added, “we have raised the bar of governance in this state and can’t afford to see it go down again.”
Buttressing this, the former governor maintained that his administration met Oyo State in bricks and left it in marbles.saying Governor Makinde “must build and not demolish. He must correct and not destroy. We must not return to the era of brigandage.
“We know the dual carriage roads we built can’t be returned to single lane and the bridges we have constructed cannot be pulled down. We have taken Oyo to greater heights and it must not go down. Every journey begins with a step and it ends with a step. We did not achieve perfection but achieved successes”.
While lauding the Ibadan Elders’ Forum, for organizing the luncheon, Senator Ajimobi apologised to all those he said might have been offended by him during his administration while in office as the governor, saying, “we can’t do things the same way; otherwise I will not be me. Whoever I have offended should forgive me, and I have forgiven those who offended me too,”
Speaking, the President, Ibadan Elders Council Forum, Ambassador Olusola Sanu, disclosed that the achievements of the Senator Ajimobi-led administration had showed in concrete terms that he has raised the bar of governance.
Ambassador Sanusi stressed that the purpose of the luncheon was to ensure that such kind of glorious era should not be allowed to pass unsung.