Ahead of the 2019 governorship election, an aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engr Seyi Makinde, has said that he is in the best position to turn around the fortunes of Oyo State because he is unblemished and has no godfather to mislead him to work against the interest of the masses.
This is just as he described the legacy to left behind by the outgoing government in the state as deliberately designed to frustrate the vulnerable ones in the society and punish the poor.
In a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, Makinde who spoke after his screening as the party’s governorship primary said that any candidate who believes he can ride on the back of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s achievements lacks the compassion and capacity to make a difference in the lives of the common man.
According to Makinde, it will take the next 18 years for a succeeding government to pay up the N157b debt which this administration has incurred in seven years.
Makinde said that Oyo state ranks 30 in the comity of the 36 states in Nigeria that cannot sustain itself because it has a monthly N10b expenditure and a monthly revenue of N6bn leaving a deficit level of 4bn.
“The implication of this figure is that the state sinks into further debt every month to fulfill its recurrent responsibilities in spite of increase in statutory sllocations of N34b from oil revenues and VAT of N1.3b.
“Even if Governor Ajimobi turns a new leaf today and pay up all the outstanding debts owed the poor workers and pensioners, the damage has already been done.”
According to the PDP aspirant, he has done his home work and with transparency and accountability which are currently lacking, and management of overheads, the situation can be reversed in two years.