The Oyo state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has flayed the state’s governor, Seyi Makinde for the stop-work order he issued to the contractors handling the Ibadan Circular road project initiated by the Abiola Ajimobi administration.
In a statement issued on Friday by the party’s Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo accused Makinde of hypocrisy and playing to the gallery.
Adejumo said it “was unfortunate that the present PDP government was out to play unnecessary politics with everything not minding effects its action would have on the state.
“One would naturally wonder what could have motivated the governor to direct virtually all his actions towards obliterating the enviable record of good governance left behind by the Ajimobi administration particularly in the areas of physical infrastructure. Since his assumption of office in May this year, Gov. Makinde has made it a daily habit to cry wolf where none existed.
“Why would a serious government wake up on a day and decide to blackmail its predecessor over a project like that of Ibadan Circular Road which was well conceived and transparently handed over to a Consortium for a desirable delivery? Gov. Makinde played his usual hypocritical card when he acknowledged the importance of the project and at the same time reeled out lies simply to blackmail his predecessor who had to use his God-given wisdom to get sponsors for its implementation since government did not have the required funds to get it done.
“To set the record straight, Ibadan Circular Road project was awarded by the Ajimobi administration in 2018 without a dime coming from the government as it is being done under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement. The total stretch of new road to be constructed is 110km and not the 36km figure mischievously quoted by Gov. Makinde. However, if the governor was not satisfied with the pace of work on the project, he could invite the Consortium involved to his office and sort things out with them.
“Interestingly, Gov. Makinde can commission different model schools built by Sen. Ajimobi to mark his own first 100 days in office. The same governor can distribute the books produced by the APC administration to public school pupils to kick off his controversial free education programme while he can also take delivery of medical equipment fully procured by Ajimobi and move them to Adeoyo State Hospital as his own initiative but he would still not be at peace whenever he comes across other lofty projects of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi. This calls for a concern and we urge him (Makinde) to have a rethink.” APC stated.
Makinde had on Thursday gave the directive during an inspection tour of the 32-kilometre road awarded for N70 billion by Ajimobi. He said the level of work done so far was unsatisfactory.