Charlantans! Governor Makinde Lacks Emotional Intelligence,Clever By Half;Moses Adebayo.
In this interview with Yemisi Busari, the former Secretary to the Saki West LG,Oyo State, Hon Moses Adebayo speaks on the current Oyo APC reconciliation committee headed by Fmr., Gov., Alao Akala and party chances ahead of 2023 poll in the State.
Your party, the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in Oyo State is in crisis and reconciliation committee meeting’s are ongoing. What is your view about the developments so far since your party lost to PDP?
I will call what is happening in the party a family feud because a political party is made up of people of divergent interests and once in a while, these Political interests are bound to boil over but the duty of the party is to hold all interests together and try to harmonise it to win subsequent elections. The crisis that has rattled Oyo State APC system had been suspension of internal democracy but, with the Constitution of reconciliation committee by our Late Leader and former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, may his soul rest in peace was a good development that all genuine members of the party need to embrace for we all to forge on.
But the crisis of leadership has surfaced in your party since demise of former Deputy National Charman of APC, Ajimobi. Who is now the leader of APC?
Leader’s are not appointed, leader’s emerges and Politics is not played on pages of Newspapers. There is no leadership vacuum though it’s unfortunate we lost former Governor Ajimobi at a period his Political experience to bear as we found ourselves in opposition in the State will be more desired, such is life as we just have to move on. I must commend Fmr., Gov., Alao Akala, Prince Gbade Lana, Senator Teslim Folarin, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, Hon Asimiyu Alarape and host of party Patriot’s for their tenacity to ensure nerves are calmed in the party for we all to forget whatever Political offences anyone committed against one another in the past for by gone to be by gone.
Chief Bayo Adelabu was your party 2019 Gubernatorial Candidate but, lot’s of Aspirant’s with also rich credentials like Joseph Tegbe, Senator Teslim Folarin, Ayodeji Karim, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, Barrister Akeem Agbaje, Niyi Akintola SAN, Issac Omodewu, Bimbo Adekanmbi, Sunday Dare and many others that are springing up. How would your party manage this bigwigs aspiring to be your party flagbearer ?
Thank you very much my sister. Those names mentioned are good personalities but, Twenty four hours is long in Politics and it is not yet mature to talk about aspirations in our party when political tendencies in the party have not been addressed. What is of essence now is how the party will be united not who will be our party candidate. I can assure you by special grace of God, after successful reconciliation, APC will defeat PDP in the next election.
What gives you the confidence that, incumbent Governor Seyi Makinde if he seeks re-election can be defeated by your party?
His Excellency, Governor Seyi has not been impressive but, struggling to be a populist one. I have traveled wide in the World and I know better in my six decades on earth to the glory of Almighty God . How can a serious Governor borrow 20billion naira to build motor Park’s in Oyo State? In the UK, financial recklessness like that doesn’t occur. If such project is viable, private investor’s would be struggling to put their money not Governor of Oyo State sending the State to a needless debt. He has borrowed 149billion naira in just 14months in office. Governance is beyond payment of salaries, former Governor Ajimobi was not perfect as nobody is perfect but, you can never compare what late Ajimobi did in his first tenure to Makinde.
Governor Makinde boasted yesterday in Ogbomoso at the flag of light Oyo phase 2 project that, the State would not be govern by charlatans again. What is your reaction to this?
With all due respect despite,I am older in age than Governor Seyi Makinde, I can’t call him a charlatan that is to show respect for office of the Governor and traditional virtues of Yoruba people and am from Saki. Yoruba culture admonished us to be respectful and responsible but, the Governor suspended this virtue and it’s so unfortunate a Governor of pace setter state would open mouth in public to disparaged his predecessors in office when campaigns has ended. Referring to Great Lam Adesina , Chief Bola Ige, Prof., Olunloyo, Chief Ladoja, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Chief Alao Akala as charlatans shows Governor Makinde lacks emotional intelligence, clever by half and it’s a 21st century shame of a young man that graduated from University of Lagos.