Governor Seyi Makinde has taken responsibility for the lapse in judgment that led to the unification rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ibadan on Wednesday.
Naija News reported that the Governor made this known in a statement released on Thursday with regards to the situation of Coronavirus in the State and the rally which caused an outcry from several quarters and the opposition party.
He stated that his administration acted based on the information they had at that moment but accepted that the rally should not have held.
In his words, “I have received your complaints about the rally that was held yesterday, and I feel obligated to state in clear terms that we acted based on the information we had at that time. In retrospect, it should not have happened and I take responsibility for that lapse in judgment.”
here is the Governor’s Post below
I have received your complaints about the rally that was held yesterday, and I feel obligated to state in clear terms that we acted based on the information we had at that time. In retrospect, it should not have happened and I take responsibility for that lapse in judgement.
— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) March 19, 2020
He assured the people that his administration is doing everything within its powers and working with agencies of the Federal Government to prevent the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the statement of the Oyo state governor has generated several reactions from Nigerian. One of the most popular Nigerian and female Singer that reacted to the story, Simi, asked Seyi makinde to run for the position of Nigeria’s president.
speaking via her tweeter handle bellow she said“Please don’t change. Except for the better. Please run for president.““A Nigerian politician apologising for an error in judgement. incredible,” she said.
meanwhile, several other Nigerians has praised the Governor
See the post below;
Thank you, my governor Seyi Makinde, for reaching out to us, really important. Thanks for taking responsibility and thank you for reassuring us and reminding us of the reason you're Omi Tuntun! God bless and keep Oyo State & Nigeria?.
— Adeyinka Adebayo (@adebayodeyinka) March 19, 2020
Never did I think I would live to see a day when a Nigerian politician apologize for an error in judgement. Gov. Makinde, you are a national treasure. Oyo State is damn lucky to have you. Apologies accepted.
— Globetrotter (@LetzGoGlobal) March 19, 2020
Really happy that Seyi Makinde took responsibility and apologised. That’s the way to go. That’s someone who listens, not arrogant and thinks he is above criticism. Leadership!
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (Dipo Spending) (@OgbeniDipo) March 20, 2020
Gov. Seyi Makinde apologized and took responsibility for Yesterday’s rally. He’s admitting that though they acted on the information they had at the time, it shouldn’t have happened.
In a country where it is rare to see leaders accept responsibilities, this is a delight. https://t.co/I5Jkf7fC4n
— ????????? ?????? (@Backarray) March 19, 2020
Some other Nigerians, However, berated the governor for hosting the rally in the first place. See the post below:
He took responsibility which is good for the optics’s.
Truth is he didn’t take it seriously enough(like most people) he was still doubling down yesterday saying Corona is not in PDP, that’s it’s in APC, even one of his aides who just came back from UK attended the rally.
— Babatunde (@babtundescott) March 20, 2020
Playing politics with people's lives and later apologizing. This country! One of his cabinet members was said to have came back from UK and was allowed to be at Mapo when he was supposed to be in isolation. Let's pray nothing back happen in that rally!
— Babanda Babanda (@Babandababanda) March 20, 2020
So we are now celebrating an apology for a rally that every sane person knows should not have held in the first place?
Lets just hope and pray, cos apology will not undo anything if the worse has happened.
— Elder Richy (@Richtyns) March 20, 2020
I’ve read this statement a couple of times and I haven’t seen anything close to the word – Apology. Unless you’re saying, taking responsibility (whatever that means) is apologizing.
— Luqman Akanni (@akanni_luqman) March 20, 2020
What happened yesterday at the event didn't show you were taking measures for prevention and containment of the virus
— Official Voices media2 (@haybam15) March 19, 2020
Source: Naija News