By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Sunday warned political aides of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to stop defending absurdity and looting of government property by political office holders in their administration .
The government handed down the warning in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa made available to newsmen in Ibadan .
“This government will not permit anyone to mix up facts in an attempt to defend a strange tradition of “vultures in governance” which is diametrically opposed to the Service Agenda of the Makinde administration. There is a clear difference when a vehicle is boarded and the appropriate amount paid. The records at the disposal of government clearly demarcate the illegally taken cars from the boarded vehicles.”, it said
According to Oyo state government in the statement, ” there is no iota of truth in the claims by the former Commissioners and officials of the immediate past government.”
“The attention of the Government of Oyo state has been drawn to a news report at the weekend which indicated that some officials of the immediate past administration in the state raised issues about the manner in which the state is retrieving vehicles illegally carted away by some of their colleagues. The said officials of the Senator Abiola Ajimobi-led government at a press conference in Ibadan alleged that the incumbent government in Oyo State was embarking on a “deliberate smear campaign” against them as they claimed that it was the “tradition” to take away government vehicles after a tour of duty in the state.
Let us make it abundantly clear that there is no iota of truth in the claims by the former Commissioners and officials of the immediate past government.”
It added , “the Government of Engineer Seyi Makinde had sworn itself to a commitment to probity and accountability. The Governor has also showcased himself as a practical believer in what he preaches by publicly declaring his assets. A measure that is far above the constitutional requirement in such matter. It should, therefore, be taken for granted that if the Governor can subject himself to public scrutiny that way he has done, he would not be a party to covering up any untoward act by anyone or group, be they his party loyalists or members of the opposition.”
The statement stressed “as we speak, Governor Makinde and his deputy are compelled to rely on their personal vehicles for use as convoy cars in the discharge of their duties.
The same is true of other government officials appointed so far. And that is despite the records which show that huge sums were expended on the purchase of new cars in the last year of the immediate past administration.”
Oyo state government in the statement noted, ” Indeed, a number of such cars were purchased about three months to the end of that government”, adding , “we also make bold to state that the officials charged with recovery of the said cars and the security operatives have so far been very civil in their procedures and no fewer than 19 cars have been recovered.Television cameras were on the toe of the officials who recovered the last set of five vehicles and those who took the cars away are well documented.”
“There is no government instrument or law of the State House of Assembly that permits vehicles to be taken away “free of charge” or in the exercise of “discretionary powers” as shown in a memo elements of the past government secretly leaked in a bid to blackmail the incumbent government.
Because the government in place in Oyo is all about probity, openness, and accountability, it will not condone attempts to seize public property or distribute them like a Father Christmas in the twilight of his trade.It is disheartening that some persons who have had the opportunity of serving our Dear state, a state of Omoluabi would openly defend any absurdity or propensity to loot government property in a manner that debases the true Omoluabi culture that defines us here.”
New Nigerian recalled that last Friday at a press conferences held at Oyo state NUJ Press centre in Ibadan, the Forum of Ex Political aides of Senator Abiola Ajimobi accused Governor Seyi Makinde and his loyalists of spreading “lies, propaganda and outright falsehood” against the immediate past governor of the state and his administration and that Governor Makinde
should face governance and stop distracting ” Oyo state and its people”.
Addressing the press conferences , Professor Olowofela together with Mr Tunji Bolaji, the Special Advuser to Senator Ajimobi on Media and Strategy. and Hon Abiodun Ambali former Special Assistant to Senator Abiola Ajimobi on Political cautioned that ” enough is enough of the lies, propaganda and orchestrated falsehood,
“It has come to our notice and our investigation has also revealed that there is a deliberate smear campaign against the immediate past administration in the State by the apologists of the present administration. This is in order to destroy the legacies of the immediate past administration and to individually and collectively malign us. This carefully-orchestrated propaganda started a few weeks ago when the former administration was accused of awarding the Iseyin-Moniya-Oyo road to a faceless contractor at a cost of N2billion per kilometre which had been debunked.” he said.