The Governor-elect of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has visited Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, with the latter advising his visitor to run an administration that will make the people of Oyo State ask where he (Makinde) has been all these while.
Makinde made the visit accompanied by his deputy governor-elect, Akeem Ademola, the Oyo state chairman of PDP, Kunmi Mustapha, Bose Adedibu, Lagos State PDP chairman, Dominic Agboola among others.
Obasanjo, according to a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said Makinde was advised to shun any act of corruption in his administration, asking him to practice democracy at its best.
The former President said that the new governor-elect has a lot to do to improve the status of the capital of the old Western Region, even as he called on the people to further support him in the onerous task ahead.
“Be transparent and embark on developmental projects, which would be a delight to the people of Oyo state. Please, run a government that will be making them to ask, where have this type of government been all these years in Oyo State.
“You must give them something (positive), you must give them good democracy and not that one my younger brothers will call democratic “so sa po” (pocketing democracy),” the ex-president was reported as saying.
Obasanjo called for co-operation between the governor, his deputy and the other members of the team, saying, “where there is misunderstanding, call yourselves together and make peace in the overall interest of Oyo state.
“He cannot do it alone and since you have supported him now, you should continue to be together. You should be mindful that Oyo people are fearless and they don’t mind, whose ox is gored, that is why you are there now.”
Obasanjo promised to support the new government and be available anytime his attention is needed.
Responding, Makinde appreciated Obasanjo and promised to seek for his support and tap from his wisdom.
He said Oyo State was in a bad state and gave assurance that his administration would hit the ground running as soon as he resumes duty.
“Oyo is in a bad shape, and as such we are taking what Baba had told us with all vigour by going to work immediately.
“He had warned against corruption and transparency. We are very much aware of this too. With God, Oyo State will never be the same again. This is the type of visit that will give us the needed tonic to forge ahead positively in Oyo State.”