*says gov is performing, fulfilling his electoral campaign promises
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa on Saturday said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the 2019 general election, Chief Adebayo Adelabu is not capable of sending Governor Makiinde and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) packing from office come 2023.
The CPS in a statement in Ibadan maintained that the claims by the APC Chieftain during at a press chat to mark his 50th birthday anniversary described Chief Adelabu’s pronouncement as ” a wild dream of a man blinded by ambition”.
According to the CPS, Chief Adelabu lacked the understanding of what Oyo state needed to move forward, “since he does not have any form of blueprint to develop the state”, saying, “we will like to state, however, that Adelabu should not take his arrogance to the point of playing god by claiming to have power to remove Makinde in 2023.”
“No matter what he does, Makinde will not be distracted. The governor has not said anything about 2023, because he is busy delivering on the mandate given to him. When the time comes to talk about 2023. However, it is clear as crystal that the people will not allow wicked politicians to take advantage of them. They already know those who are only interested in building capitalistic ventures and milking the people to their bone marrows”, he said.
Discarding the allegation by Chief Adelabu that Governor Makinde has not done anything significant in office since assumption of office, Mr Adisa emphasized that contrary to the APC Chieftain claim, “the governor is performing and building a new Oyo state.
“Let it be on record that the people of Oyo State are happy with the deliverables by the administration of Governor Makinde, since he has practically turned the state to a huge construction site. Everyone is happy that the governor is delivering on his promises. But one is in no doubt to state that Adelabu has never read a line of the Roadmap to Accelerated Development of Oyo State 2019-2023, which is the book of government for every step Governor Makinde has taken since May 2019.
“One is also not in doubt to state that Adelabu does not know that rather than tax the hapless students of Oyo State, Governor Makinde has been paying In excess of N526 million per term to primary and secondary schools in the state to cater for the needs of.their pupils and students as part of his free education policy.”
Lashing out at Chief Adelabu over what he tagged “the misguided view of the APC candidate on payment of salaries in the state and what he described as populist programmes”, the CPS noted that ” Adelabu’s statement showed clearly that he was happy with the previous administration’s shabby treatment of workers, teachers and pensioners.”
“We must equally put on record that the people of Oyo State are not looking for a governor that will refuse to pay their salaries and gratuities; return the pensioners to deadwood, who will only be paid in percentages and owe teachers for years, as his mentor, former Governor Abiola Ajimobi did.Adelabu has never missed an opportunity to criticise the effort of the Makinde government to ensure prompt payment of salaries and pensions on or before 25th of every month”.
He maintained in the statement that “unfortunately for him, he does not know that by constantly pushing money in excess of N11 billion into the state’s economy every 30 days, Makinde is deliberately reflating Oyo State’s economy and stabilizing the buying power of the people. It is to be placed on record as well that since May 29, 2019, Governor Makinde has never missed the payment of salaries/pensions on the 25th. In many instances, the payments have come earlier. In fact, workers received their September salaries on the 24th”.
“But that is what Adelabu chose to criticise. The lesson from this is that Adelabu, like his mentor, detests the workforce and pensioners of the state and thinks that they do not deserve to be paid as and when due. The former CBN Deputy Governor criticising Makinde for paying salaries, showed that if ever he gets to govern the state, the welfare of workers and pensioners will not be his priority. Of course, no one would expect anything different
Adisa stressed further ,” anyway, the statement credited to Adelabu did not throw up a surprise. It is expected that the man, who has been on vacation from politics since he lost the last election, will look for a way to come back to limelight now that the dynamics of politics in his party shows that no one will impose him on the party any longer”, adding, “what is surprising, however, is the fact that Adelabu has allowed his unbridled capitalistic tendencies to blind his eyes to developments in Oyo State, which he sought to govern, to the extent that he could not separate politics from development.”
“For one, coming out to say that the administration of Governor Makinde has not done any of the things he promised showed that Adelabu has lost touch with reality; his only reality appears to be how to corner landed properties and build ventures for personal gains. If that is not the situation, one wonders how anyone reasonable would close his eyes to the massive infrastructure development going on in the state.
“Indeed, one would have loved to continue reeling out the achievements of the incumbent government in the state, but it will be needless, knowing that nothing can make Adelabu buy into a reasonable argument.ENDS