Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday advised the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Seyi Makinde not to run a system that would put the government of the state in his pocket.
Obasanjo said Makinde has the onerous task of striving to transform Ibadan, the capital of the former Western Region, urging the people to keep supporting him to succeed when eventually sworn-in.
Obasanjo gave the advice on Thursday when he received the Governor-Elect, his deputy, Akeem Ademola, the Oyo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kunmi Mustapha, his Lagos State counterpart, Adegbola Dominic among others at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
“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 ask,’ where have this type of government been all these years in Oyo state?’
“You must give them something, you must give them good democracy and not that one my younger brothers will call democratic ‘so sa po’ (pocketing democracy). Where there is misunderstanding, call yourselves together and make peace in the overall interest of the state,” Obasanjo said.
The former President further promised to support the incoming government and pledged to always make himself available anytime his services were required.
In his response, Makinde said the visit was meant to appreciate Obasanjo and seek wisdom from the elder statesman on how to turn around the bad shape that the state was currently in.
“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,” he said.