*asks APC to play politics with decorum
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday rose in defence of Governor Seyi Makinde on the N7.6billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loan granted the state.
PDP in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan lashed out at the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) over a statement by the state’s chapter of the party in which it criticised Governor Seyi Makinde, for seeking the nod of the State House of Assembly to access the N7.6bn loan earlier secured by the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
In the statement signed by its Oyo state Publicity Secretary, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, PDP stressed that it will be wrong for the APC in Oyo state to be criticizing the present administration in the state over the N7.6billion loan which was actually initiated and secured a member of the party while in office as the Oyo state governor
“How can the same APC which produced Ajimobi, whose government had concluded arrangements ti spend the money on frivolous projects just five months ago now turn around that the loan was freshly obtained by Governor Makinde A set of morally-bankrupt and profligate politicians cannot group themselves under whatever guise to criticise the prudent, open and people-friendly administration being run by Governor Makinde.” it said
PDP in the statement, added “the APC, in the eight years of Governor Ajimobi, practically ran the state aground with “excessive and unjustified borrowing,” adding that a party that produced such leadership was not qualified to criticise Governor Makinde, who has so far demonstrated financial prudence and transparency in the handling of the state’s resources.
“The statement by the Oyo State chapter of the APC on the N7.6 billion loan facility was not just mischievous and jaundiced, it was not-well-thought-out, since it was only with the sole aim of misinforming people with short memory span. We are all witnesses to the suit filed in May this year by the then Governor-elect, Engineer Makinde, with which he sought the injunction of the State High Court to stop the access of Ajimobi’s government to that loan in less than a month to its terminal date”.
PDP stressed, “we in the PDP are happy with, and are confident in the ability of Governor Makinde to revolutionise the State’s economy through agriculture and agriculture value chain”, saying, “that is why we commend the proposed upgrading of the farm settlements in Eruwa and Akufo to Farm Estates in a pilot scheme that will be used as model for similar projects across the State.”
Stressing that though “the PDP would not have loved to join issues with Oyo APC, which is suffering from electoral failure-induced amnesia,”, the party stated that it should be made clear that former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who is APC’s leader in the state, plunged the state into unbridled debts by borrowing over N150 billion in eight years with nothing to show for the loans.
“Oyo APC should not have been caught pointing fingers at Makinde who is working round the clock to clear the mess left behind by the APC government, which borrowed so much but left huge number of abandoned projects and debts that are still being collated by several committees. Is it not funny that a party that awarded Iseyin-Ibadan road, mobilised the contractors with N2 billion but had nothing to show for the money; a party that left many abandoned projects within and outside Ibadan, despite having secured and spent loans and bonds for such projects; a party that borrowed so much but failed abysmally in its duties to workers and pensioners, owing billions in pension and gratuity arrears, could point fingers at a focused government like that of Makinde?
“It is not a joke when workers in the state stand boldly to say that Makinde’s achievements in 96 days are equal to Ajimobi’s achievements in 96 months. There are verifiable statistics to back such submissions.We will like to place it on record that the only reason that made Governor Makinde to approach the Assembly for approval of the access was just in observance of the rule of law. Let us also state that by changing the purpose of the loan from procurement of ‘agriculture equipment’ to upgrading of farm settlements to construction of Farm Estates, Oyo State people stand to benefit far more. It is a step in the right direction.
PDP then advised the APC in the state to play politics with decorum, while they play their opposition role without braces of falsehood.