A gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State Engr. Seyi Makinde has cleared the air on issues craved around him on the exit of the former governor of the state and leader of the party Sen. Rashidi Ladoja
In an inaugural media chat with news men at his campaign office Omituntun house on Iwo road Ibadan, when fielding questions from the news men.
Engr. Seyi Makinde referred to Sen Ladoja as his “Father”. His quote “he is my political father and an Ibadan high chief whom I hold in high esteem as a good son of the land, son cannot drive his father out of his abode. I am disappointed he left and I made a lot of effort to reach out to him. I eventually met with him and prosprated for baba with my chest and chin touching the ground appealing to him not to leave the party even the national executive of the party chartered a plane from Abuja to appeal to baba to come back tp PDP but all our efforts were in vain as he has made his choice and decision which of cause we have to respect and let baba Ladoja be.
Responding to question whether it is clash of interest, Engr. Makinde replied by saying it is not true baba wants to contest I believe it is speculation but only him can explain. Despite his exit the party, PDP remains solid as 80% of the local government executive did not go with him and 90% of the state executive are intact.
Engr. Makinde asserts his confidence in other leaders of the party saying a tree does not make a forest combination of lesser weight can surely defeat an heavyweight (Apapapo ope ma n pa ota).
On account of his visit to another former governor of the state Otunba Alao-Akala who governed under the PDP wondered why such move was given prominence as many aspirants from other political parties visits him and did not get to press he believes there are many developmental issues to focus upon rather than given prominence to a mere visit.
Unveiling his cardinal cardinal project for the state Engr. Makinde said his government will be focusing on health, agriculture, physical infrastructure, education and poverty eradication in the state. In his words ” Poverty is the greatest issue we are faced with an average citizen of the state live below poverty level and I felt with the instrumentality of government we can do a lot more.
He chided Sen Abiola Ajimobi for given education less concern consequently making learning environment unconducive for student and welfare of teachers given less priority. He shared experience of his enrollment into school through a free and qualitative education that gave him the opportunity to stand tall in all corners of the world.
Engr. Makinde pointed out that 4 to 5% of the state total budget will go to education and his government will adhere to a standard principle of thirty students per class. He identifies agriculture as the bedrock to revive the economy and will focus on things that will bring nutrition to the people.
Analyzing the strength of PDP in the state he expressed confidence in the ability of members and stakeholders like Sen Hosea Agoola oke-ogun, Sen Ayo Adesun ogbomosho, Hon Muraina Ajibola Ibarapa and his own presence in Ibadan and assures that all parties will domesticate the MOU signed at the federal level.
Answering questions on lessons as politician and political strength to face other gladiators where many people perceived him to be a philanthropist and a refined gentleman.
The governorship hopeful confirmed he is a fearless man with physical and mental capability to stand with other aspirants and will do things differently by expanding the scope of organizing party agents he further stressed that ordinary force persons will be the major determinant in the next general election.
Lastly as a true son of the soil he confirms his stand with the Olubadan of Ibadan land Oba Saliu Akanmu Adedunji over the dispute between Olubadan and the state governor Sen Abiola Ajimobi.
Also established how cordial his relationship with other traditional rulers in the state stating they all accepts him as a son. He finally appeal to the people of the state to endure a little more with a popular Yoruba adage ” Tekun ba’dale ayo n’ bo lowuro”.
Present at the media chat were Chief Bayo Lawal director general of Omititun Campaign organization, Prince Dotun Oyelade head of media and strategy, members of the press from splash fm, Nigerian Tribune, PM Parrot city people and others.