Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has assured the governor-elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde, of his administration’s support for a successful change of baton and smooth take-off of the incoming government.
He gave the assurance during Makinde’s courtesy visit to him at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, yesterday.
The event was attended by the deputy governor, Chief Moses Adeyemo, secretary to the state government (SSG), Mr. Lekan Alli, and other members of the State Executive Council (SEC).
On Makinde’s entourage were the deputy governor-elect, Mr. Rauf Olaniyan, former Senate deputy chief whip, Senator Hosea Agboola, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Kunmi Mustapha, his spokesperson, Prince Dotun Oyelade, and other party leaders.
Commending Makinde for initiating the visit, Ajimobi said that the incoming governor had demonstrated that he was of noble character and that his action was an indication that the interest of the state was paramount to him.
The governor advised his would-be successor to be wary of sycophants and praise singers, stressing that all acrimonies that attended the general elections should be consigned to the dustbin of history now that polls have been won and lost.
In his address, Makinde said that the visit was to see the governor firsthand since the conclusion of the elections, adding that the incoming administration would be requiring the help of the incumbent in the interest of the state.
Makinde said: “The visit is to see you firsthand since the end of the election. We will require your help. Electioneering is over and certain things that we might have said were just for the campaigns, but now is the time to face reality.
“You have done your part. Our state is dear to all of us and we shall share your vision like I had said in one of our numerous interactions before the elections. We want to work together with you and make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible,” he said.