Ajimobi Prepares To Sign Out of His Two-Term In Office As Governor Of Oyo State
Outgoing Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has described his tenure as one that brought peace and social development to the state.
The Governor who is due to sign off on 29th of May 2019 is speaking a day after his state workers threatened strike unpaid arrears, Naija News reports
But speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari, today, Ajimobi said that he does not owe workers’ salaries.
He thanked the President for assisting state governments to pay salaries and meet other challenges.
He said “I want to thank President Buhari for the support he has given all the states particularly during the period of scarcity of funds to execute our projects, to pay salaries, to meet the socioeconomic development demands.
“He was on hand to help all of us. He supported us by releasing funds to all of us and as at today that I am talking most of the states including Oyo state is not owing salaries.
“He also assisted us with social infrastructure that is extending the welfare nets to the states, that is why I am here to thank Mr. President because in another two days I am going for Umrah and by the time I come back I won’t be in office as Governor.
“I am going to Umrah to thank God. When I came in, I pleaded with God to give me the opportunity to serve peacefully and that He did.”
He thanked the people of Oyo State for letting him be the first governor to serve two terms in the state.
“I also want to thank the people of Oyo State for allowing me to be the first governor to do two terms of eight years, it has never happened in Oyo State.
“I am leaving a legacy of peace and security in Oyo. At a time Oyo State was seen as what you call a garrison state, today Oyo state is one of the peaceful states in Nigeria.
“If our government has not done anything at all, we have brought peace and tranquility and development to Oyo state. It’s been a worthwhile venture.
“Many of us could seat back and say I retired as an MD of a multinational but if we seat back and play the ostrich we will see that evil will always triumph when men of goodwill fail to act.
“I want to say that Ajumobi came, brought peace to Oyo state and add value to the social economic development of the State and to Nigeria in general,” he said.
He, however, admitted that he could not do everything he planned for the state during the eight years.
“I think I regret the fact that I have not been able to do everything I wanted to do. I wish our people could be more understanding, could be more patient but they feel that any time you try to make a change, people resist change even if it’s good for them. I wish I had been in politics 20 years ago.” he said.