Corruption War: I Will Waive My Immunity, Appear Before Anti-graft Agency – Makinde

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has said that he is ready to waive his immunity rights to appear before the anti-corruption agencies if he is found wanting in any way.

Governor Makinde made the declaration when he forwarded the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Bill, 2019 to the State House of Assembly for legislative action, declaring that his decision to set up an anti-graft body is in fulfillment of his campaign promise.

Makinde, who formally presented a copy of the draft bill to his Special Adviser, Legislative Matters, Hon. Samuel Adejumobi, for onward transmission to Oyo State House of Assembly, further restated his resolve to waive his immunity to appear before the anti-corruption agency if he is found wanting in any way.

The Governor also charged Permanent Secretaries in the state to be accountable as the purse-keepers of Oyo State.

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He declared that those who would want to politicise his move to set up the anti-corruption agency should think twice because according to him, corruption knows no political party.

He added that corruption does not edify a state but promotes stagnation, noting that Oyo must get out of stagnation.

Makinde said “We are here to sign for transmission to the legislature, the executive bill for anti-corruption in Oyo state. We are transmitting the bill today in fulfillment of a promise that I made during the campaign that during my watch in Oyo state, it will be zero tolerance for corruption in Oyo state.

“While I was making my inaugural address, I also put a rider on it that as the Governor of Oyo state, I am ready to wave my immunity to appear before the agency if I am found wanting in the course of my duty to the people of Oyo state.

“The Permanent Secretaries are here, you are the purse keeper for the ministries and the ones responsible for all the spending, of course, the commissioners would soon be here but they are not the ones to account for the spending in your various ministries. Of course, they will give instructions and try to help me run the affairs of government to the extent of our promises to the people and also the agenda of our government.

“But we will hold each and every one of you accountable for the ministries that are been administered by you and I also want to be held accountable by anyone here. I am working from the standpoint here that nothing, absolutely nothing is hidden in this whole case.

“If people think they have hidden anything, it is the only thing that they can start and finish by themselves only and I don’t think there is anything like that in this place.

“For whatever that has to be done, there will be one, two or three participants. So, I can’t even start the process and finish it by myself alone. So, there must be accomplices and people who are ready to support me to do something that is not edifying, so if I think such things are hidden, I will be deceiving myself and it is the same for everybody.

“I know people may also try to put political coloration to this, corruption doesn’t know a political party and what corruption does is to stagnate our development and we want Oyo state to be out of that stagnation. We want Oyo state, just like we have always been, a Pacesetter state.

“So, I will solicit for your cooperation and nobody has anything to fear. If you do what you are supposed to do, nobody will witch hunt anybody. I also want to say, if you see something, please, by all means, say something and we will deal with the situation.”

The bill was, thereafter, presented by the Governor to his Special Adviser on Legislative Matter, Mr. Samuel Adejumo, for onward transmission to the state House of Assembly.

Makinde Swears-In Oyo First Female SSG

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has sworn-in Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun as the Secretary to the Government (SSG).

Adeosun is the first female SSG in the state.

Makinde during the swearing –in said the female SSG was chosen because of her wealth of experience and not for sentiments of feminism.

Adeosun’s appointment was announced in a press statement signed by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, last week.

The statement quoted the Governor as saying “we are proud to attract Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, a talented technocrat at Shell Petroleum Development Company to support me to drive our transformation agenda in order to realise the vision of embedding prosperity in Oyo State.”

Adeosun is a licensed Pharmacist and a Chartered Human Resources Practitioner who obtained a degree in Pharmacy and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Benin in 1990 and 1997 respectively.

According to the statement, Adeosun will be bringing on board over 26 years of diverse multinational experience, which has seen her hold lead roles in SmithKline Beecham (GlaxoSmithKline) and the Shell Petroleum Development Company. She has held multiple roles with local and global remits in the organisations.

The new Oyo SSG is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, Nigeria and a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, United Kingdom.

She has also held various Lead HR Roles with specialisation in areas such as Business partnering, Talent Management, and Employee Relations.

See more photos of the swearing-in below…

Police Arrest 26 NURTW Members In Oyo

 

Twenty-six members of the proscribed National Union Of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have been arrested by the police in Oyo State.

The commissioner of police in the state, Shina Olukolu disclosed this during a press briefing at the command headquarters in Ibadan the state capital.

Olukolu said the suspects were arrested while trying to forcefully take over motor parks at various parts of the state.

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He added that others were arrested at Liberty Stadium, the entrance of the venue of the inauguration of the state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

Some of these groups decided to test the capacity of the command; as a result, 26 of them were arrested for failed attempt to violently take over Motor Park in the state and at Liberty Stadium during the last inauguration, Olukolu said.

Motor parks where the suspects were arrested include New Garage, Challenge, Iwo Road, Muslim, and parts of Oyo town.

The police also arrested some armed robbery suspects, kidnappers and other suspected criminals.

The command further disclosed that from January till May this year, a total of 5,472 suspects were arrested for various offences, 3,052 charged to court, with 2,692 of those cases still awaiting trial.

Weapons such as guns with live cartridges, cutlasses, sharp knives, charms and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, were recovered from the suspects.

The Oyo State Government last week proscribed all activities of the NURTW until further notice.

Chief of Staff, Bisi Ilaka told journalists at the Governors office in Ibadan that the move is aimed at maintaining peace and order within the state.

‘We Begged To Apply’, Governor Makinde Vows To Serve Oyo People

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has vowed to serve the people of the state, saying that he begged to apply.

He stated this during an interfaith prayer session which held in his honour at his Office in Ibadan, the state capital.

When the bishop was preaching, he said we should rule with the fear of God. Well, there is nothing like ruling here.

We came to Oyo State people, we begged to apply, and they gave us the opportunity. So, it is a service. I am here to serve the people of Oyo State. So, we will serve with the fear of God, he stated.

While addressing residents of the state, the governor noted that the progress and development of the state are not negotiable.

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He, therefore, called on the workers to cooperate with the new administration, adding that the bulk of all responsibility rests on his table as such he will govern with equity.

Makinde, who took over the helm of affairs of the state yesterday, also recalled his commitment to plug loopholes in governance.

In doing this, he called on the people to hold his government responsible for any decision making, adding that the people also will be responsible for their actions.

As I said yesterday during my inaugural address, I want you to hold me accountable for all decisions that this administration will be taken henceforth.

At the same time, I will also hold you accountable as we work as partners to lift Oyo State to its predestined position.

This translates to our determination to plug all holes and weak areas that allow the enterprise of the bad ones, he stated.

Speaking on the welfare of workers, the governor stated that the government will train the civil servants both locally and internationally for better efficiency in service delivery.

French Ambassador Visits Oyo Governor-Elect To Boost Bilateral Relations

French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Pasquire Jerome, listens as Oyo State Governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde, briefs him during a visit to the state on May 15, 2019.

 

The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Pasquire Jerome on Wednesday visited the Oyo State Governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde.

The visit is sequel to Makinde’s plans to embrace initiatives from local and foreign investors with a view to bringing development to the state.

The governor-elect told the French delegation that state is blessed with vast land and natural resources needed to be tapped for the interest of the state, especially in the area of human development and agriculture to create employment.

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“Oyo State in land mass is actually about the size of Belgium. We have derived Savannah in the north and all the way down to the rain forest in the south. We may by default by blending for the entire country,” he stated.

Responding, the French Ambassador said his country is willing to develop both economic and political relationship with Nigeria and especially Oyo State in different fields.

According to him, France has many companies willing to do businesses in Nigeria.

Olu Falae Charges Oyo Governor-Elect On Good Governance

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae visits the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Seyi Makinde on March 26, 2019 in Ibadan.

 

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Olu Falae has charged the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde on good governance.

On his visit to Makinde on Tuesday in the Ibadan area of the state, Falae advised the newly-elected governor to reset the template instituted by late Obafemi Awolowo in the southwest.

Falae, who is the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said only a determined and focused person can help reposition the region based on good governance.

“Since the demise of Obafemi Awolowo, we have not had a governor to set a new template, the template Obafemi Awolowo Set in his 9 years of government as the Premier of Western Nigeria.

“We need to reinvent that template so that we will be more in accordance with the challenges and priorities of today, and I have no doubt whatsoever that Engineer Seyi Makinde by the grace of God is the man chosen by providence to set that for the Yoruba race,” he stated.

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The elder statesman also commended Makinde over what he described as his courageous and resilient spirit over the years by remaining focus after suffering setbacks in his political career.

He advised those who are still aspiring to go into politics not to give up, adding that “Seyi never gave up, he will go back to the drawing board, come to Akure and seek for advice on how to go about his next step. Today God has crowned his efforts.”

In his response, Makinde appreciated the elder statesman for the visit and support extended to him so far.

He reiterated his commitment for regional integration, adding what is needed for Nigeria to be lifted economically and socially is the restoration of the Yoruba race.

He also stated his resolve to consult the elder statesman, imploring him that whenever they are passing through Oyo state “see us and we will host you as you give us your advice on how to move the state forward.”

‘Don’t Steal, Settle Your Rift Amicably,’ Obasanjo Tells Makinde

Oyo State Governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde, looks as former President Olusegun Obasanjo speaks during a visit at the residence of the elder statesman in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on March 14, 2019.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked the governor-elect of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, to shun all acts of corruption.

He said this when he received Makinde and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo at the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The elder statesman also advised the governor-elect to mend fences with others following the governorship election in his state.

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He said, “Don’t fight, don’t steal, settle your rift amicably. The governor and his deputy cannot do it alone and you must know this because they did not win the election alone.

“Let your government be that of unity and about true development.”

Obasanjo noted that leadership was all about ensuring that the people have access to good and quality governance that would have an impact on their well-being.

He stressed the need for true leaders to shun corruption and reminded Makinde that the expectation of the people was high.

The former president also called for cooperation among the PDP members in Oyo, with a view to taking the state to an enviable height.

“You have a lot of work to do; don’t make it business as usual as it has always been,” he challenged the governor-elect.

“The people of the state want something different, you must give them and it doesn’t take a lot to give.”

In his response, Makinde said he was in Abeokuta to tap from the wisdom and wealth of experience of the elder statesman, in his task of bringing good governance to the people of Oyo.

He thanked the former president for receiving him and his team, as well as gave the assurance that every word of advice he had gotten would be put to use.

Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, a former deputy chairman of the PDP (South West), Mr Olabode George, expressed confidence that Makinde would not deviate from the party’s ideology.

See photos of the visit below;

Accommodate Those Who Can Add Value To Your Govt, Ajimobi Tells Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House in Ibadan on March 14, 2019.

 

Governor Abiola Ajimobi has advised the governor-elect of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, to shun bitterness and accommodate those who can add value to the progress of the state.

The governor gave the advice on Thursday when he received Mr Makinde who led his deputy governor-elect, Mr Remi Olaniyan, and several others on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Ibadan, the state capital.

It is the first time a governor-elect would visit an incumbent in the state, since the return to democracy in the country in 1999.

“You must beware of praise-singers and avoid acrimony. It is also better to leverage relationships. I know you as a man of peace,” Governor Ajimobi told his guest.

He added, “You have started with a very good spirit. I want you to encourage inclusiveness and accommodate those you know can add value to your government and the state.”

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The governor commended the governor-elect, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for initiating the visit.

Governor Ajimobi gave the assurance that he was ready to render useful advice and support to Makinde when necessary, despite being a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC),

He said, “It is good that we have moved the state to a civil level. We thank God that the electioneering campaign was devoid of disparaging comments and accusation.

“We have achieved and may the Almighty God grant you the wisdom to also achieve the best. We want you to leverage our achievement and improve upon those we are yet to achieve.”

Earlier, the governor-elect explained that his visit was necessary to tap from the governor’s wealth of experience and seek his assistance for the serious work of governance.

He promised to give his best towards sustaining their shared vision towards a prosperous Oyo State, where justice and equity would prevail.

“Our state is dear to us all. You have done your part and done your best. We will still continue to relate very well towards building a state where fairness and equity will prevail,” Makinde said.

See the photos below:

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House in Ibadan on March 14, 2019.

PHOTOS: Ajimobi Receives Oyo Governor-Elect Makinde, PDP Members

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House in Ibadan on March 14, 2019.

 

In what has been described as a history-making event in Oyo State, the governor-elect in the state, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Thursday visited Governor Abiola Ajimobi, in his office in Ibadan, the state capital.

Mr Makinde put aside his political difference with the governor and led his deputy governor-elect, Mr Remi Olaniyan, and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to the Government House.

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The governor-elect was also accompanied on the visit by the Oyo PDP Chairman, Kunmi Mustapha; Director-General of Seyi Makinde Campaign Organisation, Bayo Lawal; and Senator Hosea Agboola among others.

The visit is captured in the pictures below:

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House in Ibadan on March 14, 2019.

It’s Needless To Kill People Over Political Ambition, Says Makinde

The Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr Seyi Makinde

 

The Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has decried the violence that erupted in the state during the elections, saying it was needless to kill people over political ambitions.

He stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s special programme on the election’s coverage, The Verdict.

His statement comes 24 hours after he emerged the winner of the governorship election which held in the state on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Makinde winner of the keenly contested poll after polling 515,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress who polled 357,982 votes.

But Makinde having clinched the state’s top job regretted the violence that claimed the life of the lawmaker representing Lagelu /Akinyele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Temitope Olatoye, blaming it on desperate politicians.

READ ALSO: INEC Declares Makinde Winner Of Oyo Governorship Election

“We have gone ahead to appeal to our people to stay calm. Occupying a political position does not require anyone to just kill. I saw the whole issue as desperation.

“We should allow the will of the people to prevail. If we adhere to that, then there wouldn’t be any need for anyone to lose their life for the sake of politics,” he stated.

Makinde, who would be sworn in as Oyo State Governor on May 29 promised to run an all-inclusive government regardless of who voted for him or not.

According to him, it is time to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state after a rigorous campaign.

“It has never happened in the history of elections in Oyo State where a candidate will win by a landslide with over 150,000 votes. All the things that we did right during that period, we will utilise them during the process of governance.

“We have the experience and we’ve seen those things work during the process. So we will ensure that the messages get to the grass root and we will get the grass root behind the government,” he added.

When asked what he will want to be remembered at the expiration of his four-year mandate that begins in May, Makinde explained that his parting gift to the people will be a robust and buoyant economy.

Oyo PDP Governorship Candidate Seyi Makinde, Wife Vote In Ibadan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has cast his vote in Ibadan North East Local Government Area.

Makinde arrived at his voting centre at about 10.20 am in Ward 011, Unit 001 in the company of his wife, Omini Makinde, to cast his ballot.

He expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the polls, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had improved on logistics for the polls.

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“I noticed some improvements. We saw that INEC officials came in early; they were here before 8:00am and voting is going on.

“I am yet to get a report from other parts of the state. But I think so far so good. INEC has done a bit better in terms of logistics.”

He, however, expressed optimism that INEC would rectify all issues relating to the elections to allow the people to exercise their civic rights.

When asked about his possible emergence as governor of the state, he stated that the will of the people would prevail.

Oyo SDP Forms Alliance With PDP Ahead Of Governorship Polls

 

The Social Democratic Party in Oyo State has formed an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the March 9 governorship election.

Candidate of the SDP, Bolaji Ayorinde, confirmed this on Saturday after a meeting with the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, Sharafadeen Alli and that of the PDP, Seyi Makinde.

The meeting which took place at the residence of the former governor, Rasheed Ladoja, was according to them, aimed at deliberating on forming a coalition against the All Progressives Congress-led government.

Speaking on the decision, Ayorinde said Makinde is the preferred candidate, adding that the coalition is an open book and other political parties are free to join in the interest of the people of the state.

The ZLP candidate, on the other hand, declined to speak to journalists noting that talks are still ongoing.