Avoid Selfish Interest in Governance, Obasanjo tells Makinde

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Avoid Selfish Interest in Governance, Obasanjo tells Makinde

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday, tasked the new Oyo state governor-elect, Seyi Makinde to jettison the type of democracy, which would target selfish interests of the few.

He described such government in Yoruba language as “democratic so sa po”, which literary meant pocketing democratic system for personal gains against true democratic system.

The former President said that the new governor-elect has a lot to do to improve the status of the capital of the old Western Region, even as he called on the people to further support him in the onerous task ahead.

In a release by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo cautioned the incoming government from corruption, “be transparent and embark on developmental projects, which would be a delight to the people of Oyo state. Please run a government that will be making them to ask, where have this type of government been all this years in Oyo state.

“You must give them something (positive), you must give them good democracy and not that one my younger brothers will call democratic so sa po’ (pocketing democracy).

Obasanjo called for co-operation between the governor, his deputy and the other members of the team, saying, “where there is misunderstanding, call yourselves together and make peace in the overall interest of Oyo state.

“He cannot do it alone and since you have supported him now, you should continue to be together. You should be mindful that Oyo people are fearless and they don’t mind, whose oars is gored, that is why you are there now.”

He promised to support the new government and be available anytime his attention is needed.

The governor-elect said the visit was to appreciate and seek for wisdom from the elder statesman.

Makinde admitted that the state was “in a bad shape, and as such we are taking what Baba had told us with all vigour by going to work immediately.

“He had warned against corruption and transparency. We are very much aware of this too. With God, Oyo state will never be the same again.

This is the type of visit that will give us the needed tonic to forge ahead positively in Oyo state.”

The former Deputy Chairman (South) of the People’s Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George who facilitated the visit said he called Obasanjo barely 24hours ago and “I want to thank him for granting us audience within the short notice.”

Among those on the governor’s-elect entourage was his deputy, Akeem Ademola, Oyo state chairman of PDP, Kunmi Mustapha, Bose Adelabu, Lagos state PDP chairman, Dominic Agboola among others.
[10:05, 3/15/2019] Aramide Salako Medalinks: Presidential Election: Tribunal grant APC, Buhari access to election materials

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday granted access to President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress, to inspect the materials used for the conduct of the February 23 presidential election.

In their separate ex parte applications for the order of inspection, Buhari and his party had said they needed to be granted access to the materials to enable them to defend themselves in any petition which the runner-up in the poll, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his Peoples Democratic Party, had vowed to file.

Buhari and APC had emerged victorious in the election, which its outcome Atiku and PDP had vowed to challenge at the tribunal.

The Justice Abdu Aboki-led tribunal had earlier on March 6 granted similar order to PDP and Atiku permitting them to inspect the electoral materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the election to enable them to file their petition against the outcome of the poll.

Buhari and the APC, through their lawyers, moved their separate ex parte motions before the three-man bench on Thursday.

The tribunal in their rulings made the order permitting them to carry out the inspection of the electoral materials and obtain the certified through copies of the documents from INEC.

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