Oyo APC: We don’t want Governor Makinde in our party

A suppoter tries to display All Progressives Congress (APC) party flag on a pole, during incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari's presidential campaign rally at the Sanni Abacha Stadium in Kano, on January 31, 2019. - Buhari has flag off campaign in Kano, the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria to seek re-election at the forthcoming February polls. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has said it does not want the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, to join the party.

The position of the party was made known by its Interim Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, on Sunday.

Olatunde, who spoke with newsmen in Ibadan, the state capital, on Sunday, made the comment in reaction to a statement by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who defected to the APC last week, that three government elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, including Makinde, should be on their way to the ruling party at the centre.

He said: “APC in Oyo State is not disposed to having Makinde because he has a very poor performance.

“APC has raised the bar of governance in Oyo State beyond the ‘mediocre’ performance of Governor Makinde.

“In over two years, Oyo has nothing to show for having a governor, who is even an Engineer.

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“We see this as very poor.

“The first project that he started from scratch is the remodelling of Lekan Salami Stadium at a whooping sum of N5.3 billion, which ordinarily shouldn’t have cost up to that amount.

“And because the people of Oyo State are prayer warriors, God answered their prayer by showing the ineptitude performance of the governor with very good rain on the day of the commissioning, which exposed the inadequacies of the project.

“It’s not even the money he saved.

“It’s a loan.

“So, Oyo State will pay back and only God knows for how long.

“It is the achievement of (late) Governor (Abiola) Ajimobi that he is even leveraging upon.

“It’s funny to us that in three months he got to the office he said he wanted to distribute books that they have produced and we challenged them that if you claimed to have produced this in three months, then do another one in one year.

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“It has been two years now, nothing to show forth.

“A lot of serious state during COVID-19 were building makeshift diagnostic centre and treatment centre, our governor could not build one, rather he decided to use the maternity centre at Olodo, which is a legacy of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

“We don’t want people that have nothing to offer the people of Oyo State in our party.

“We have scores of better candidates, people that will do Oyo State better than Makinde is doing.

“No space for him in APC.

“Fani-Kayode should face his own life, we don’t want him to assist us in Oyo State.”

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