The All Progressives Congress(APC) in Oyo State, has said the Governor Setup Makinde-led administration has nothing to show as meaningful achievement after 31 months in office.
The party, in a statement signed on Thursday by its Caretaker Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, said Oyo State under Makinde hasn’t fared better since 2019, adding that the state has been on “auto-reverse” in the last 31 months.
Oyo APC compared the achievements of Makinde in 31 months with that of Professor Babagana Zulum of Borno State and Prof. Ben Ayade of Cross River State, saying “Zulum has executed 556 projects with world class roads, hospitals with latest diagnostic equipment, classrooms, furnished with state-of-the-art instructional materials while Ayade has tackled youth unemployment seriuosly with the massive investment in agriculture.”
The statement read in part: “Let’s come to Oyo State, Gov. Seyi Makinde destroyed Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan with nebulous N5.5bn loan, which brought international disgrace to Oyo State on the commissioning day with water-logged pitch and now that it is not raining, the “refurbished pitch” is like “Sahara Desert,” the fans that were in the stadium on Sunday, 26th December, 2021, will tell you their bitterness as to how the turf almost caused defeat to 3SC because the surface is just not ideal for footballing any longer.
“The 31 months old government having realised its folly in the cancellation of the immediate past government’s School Governing Board Model because of its inability to provide School Grant as at when due has just silently reversed itself,which is applaudable.
“Why would the government not reverse itself, when schools were unable to print exam questions on papers but rather chose to be writing questions on blackboard and worse still, the state now made it a policy of giving publicity to the pupils receiving report cards because the parents could not receive backlog of performances of their siblings in school via report cards for many terms under this government.
“The government of Engr. Seyi Makinde assumed office on May 29th, 2019, and by September 2019 when the schools resumed for a new session, they started distributing the text books printed by the government of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi and we challenged them to show the world the receipt of the printer that printed the text books for them. Till date, they failed to produced the receipt.
“Again, the government of Engr. Seyi Makinde could not produce another sets of text books. A government that had the magic of producing text books under three months of assumption of office cannot replicate such magic wand, 28 months after.
“The government of Engr. Seyi Makinde claimed to have procured fire fighting vehicles from Turkey for above one year without functioning.
“The Ajumose buses in the state are due for replacement, Gov. Seyi Makinde claimed to have procured some which are only seen when his party, PDP has assignment outside Oyo State.
“The past government provided solar powered street lights while GSM chose the “incorruptible” way of replacing them with diesel powered street lights.
“If there is one sector the people of Oyo State are anxiously praying for the fast-tracking of the terminal date of this government, it is the security.
“Gov. Seyi Makinde chose to celebrate his birthday in Saki, Oke Ogun, what followed is mayhem of maiming and killings.
“Rewinding to 2020 was sordid as Officers of Nigeria Police serving in Oyo State were killed, roasted and being disgracefully carnnibalised, with wanton destruction of Police Stations across Oyo State with their logistics vehicles unreplaced.
“Can the people of Oyo State forget the wanton overnight destruction of Igangan town, in Ibarapa axis of Oyo State on the dawn of June 6th, 2021, which Gov. Seyi Makinde assured Igangan residents of never to happen again but which indeed reoccured within 10 days after, on the 16th of June 2021, as if daring Gov. Seyi Makinde’s lack of resourcefulness and proactiveness.
“Can the telephone handset vendors and shopping complex owners at Iwo Road interchange forever forget their losses to the power-drunk park managers? The collaborators with the government of Engr Seyi Makinde especially the untimely death of one Rahman, whose wife just gave birth in United Kingdom (in June 2021) and was just lucky to be given entry visa to UK to join his wife, but his life was cut short in the fracas between Iwo Road phone vendors and shop owners against Gov Seyi Makinde’s park managers.
“Sources had it that Rahman was a graduate of Lead City University, Ibadan. The corpse of Rahman was taken to the Governor’s Office by the concerned sympathisers.
“Again, can the people in Bodija and Ojoo markets whose buildings were demolished in commando style, BCOS staff whose quarters were just sold overnight to developers forget in a hurry the GSM government?
“Can the residents of Moniya in Akinyele Local Government Area forget in a hurry thw months of siege after the security lapses which necessitated them loosing their bread winners and loved ones?
“Many higher institutions in Oyo State are crying over the extortion being experienced under Platinum Consultant.
“The funny 50 years of leasing Agbowo Shopping Complex to nebulous developer for a ridiculous amount of N5bn is a sore on Oyo State landscape that may be hard to heal.
“The 31 months old government procured N7.6bn loan or Akufo and Ibarapa Farm Settlements, the public has not witnessed any harvest from the Farm Settlements. Here was the Gov Seyi Makinde who boasted on May 29, 2019, in his inauguration address that Oyo State would be exporting maize and other agricultural produce to Botswana.
“We are asking how many tonnes of maize has been shipped to Botswana and how much has that contributed to the finances of Oyo State?
“Finally, in August 2012, Arc Musa Muhammed Sada, the then Minister for Mines and Steel Development said: “I was in Oyo State on an official visit two years ago and as an architect, I must say that I am very impressed by what I have seen. I have seen a lot of attention being paid to the environment.”
“Mallam Isa Yuguda, former Bauchi State Governor in June 2013, during a visitation to Oyo State said: “We can compare Ibadan favourably with Lagos in terms of cleanliness.”
“In Oyo State today, garbage and refuse that were successfully tackled by the government of Sen Abiola Ajimobi between 2011-2019 has now returned to virtually all the nooks and crannies of Ibadan and other towns in Oyo State. No wonder that cholera epidemic returned to Oyo State. “
Oyo APC appealed to reaidents of the state to be patient, saying “it’s only 17 months more of endurance, Oyo State shall be free.”