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Unlike Ajimobi, Makinde Doesn’t Have A Think-Tank — Akintola


A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Niyi Akintola, has disclosed that the Executive Governor of the Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde does not have a ‘think-tank’ team.

Akintola, who was a 2019 gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, disclosed this during an interview on Ibadan-based radio station, Fresh FM, on Saturday morning.

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He stressed further that the Seyi Makinde led government has come to destroy the template of development in Oyo state.

He said: “You need to subject your actions to self-criticism. I remember, I have been in the think-tank team of at least two governments, I won’t mention names. And, those of us who are in the think-tank were to be seen as an all-card. We are not necessarily the Commissioner or people you see in government, no, but serious thinking goes on behind the scene.”

When asked whether he talked with Makinde about the issues he raised, he said, “There is a limit to which I can… I can only speak as a stakeholder — there is danger here, let’s correct this and that. But anything that comes with the issue of policy, governance, it’s not my business.

“I am in the APC, he is in the PDP. I will not even be trusted if I bring such suggestion. It’s only that something that connects all of us like COVID-19… that’s why I branched at that isolation centre to see what is going on there.”

He also noted that there is the need for government to do serious thinking before acting or speaking.

He added that during the first tenure of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, the first thing put in place was the think-tank team headed by Professor Demola Ariyo.

On his plan for the COVID-19 fund by the state government, he said, “Gov Makinde has no management team, until management team is put in place I will not release my cheque for COVID 19 donation and I will not donate kobo to Oyo state Covid-19 account.”

When asked about his view on the reconciliation committee formed by Abiola Ajimobi, he described it as a commendable move, but noted that he cannot discuss the details on air.

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