- Abiola Ajimobi said it would be too early and unfair to assess the performance of Governor Seyi Makinde
- The former governor said his successor still has at least four years to perform in office
- Ajimobi expressed delight over the award he received from the Catholic Archdioceses of Ibadan
Senator Abiola Ajimobi has said that it will be unfair and dangerous to assess the performance of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state in three months.
The Nation reports that the former governor said this on Sunday, September 29, after he was honoured with a meritorious award by the Catholic Archdioceses of Ibadan as part of the 70th birthday celebrations of the Bishop of the archdioceses, Reverend Leke Gabriel Abegunrin.
Ajimobi said Makinde was elected to serve at least four years and it would be unfair to already start assessing him three months into his tenure.
The former governor said he has done his best for the state and it was now up to his successor to do his part. He said he has resolved to maintain silence on issues concerning the state and expressed delight in the award.
He said: “I feel really elated, I feel happy, very honoured, especially when you are being honoured by the people that we serve and the people that serve God. When you are recognised by clerics, men of God, it is the best honour you can get.
“Yes, I have done eight years of talking; now it is time for me to keep silent and allow the other man to do his job.”
He noted that prominent people now made news even when they decide not to speak.
Ajimobi said: “This is the problem with you people. When I talk, you will say that I am talking, now that I am not talking, you will say I am not talking. You are complaining that I am not talking now. So, what do you want me to do?
“It is too early for me; I have been there for eight years. It is too early to assess him. Give the man the chance to do his job. I know that he has at least four years. He has just spent three months. It is too early."
The former governor said everyone must sacrifice for the country to move forward.
"It is easier for people to talk, sometimes I read in the news particularly, on the social media. The problem of the social media today is that beer parlour talk is now being elevated in the media,” he added.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Adebayo Adelabu, in Oyo state during the March 9 governorship election, on Monday, September 16, suffered a great defeat.
Legit.ng had reported that the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Ibadan, the state capital, upheld the victory of Makinde at the poll.
Adelabu and the APC had filed petition against the declaration of Makinde by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner of the governorship election in the state.
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