A chieftain of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Oyo state, Engr Hakeem Alao, on Monday asked Gov Seyi Makinde to listen to voices of reasoning on the rising cases of killings, kidnapping and other forms of insecurity in the state before it is too late.
Alao who gave the advice in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, said there was no basis for the governor to ignore advice and suggestions from prominent citizens of the state in addressing the security situation in the state.
The AD governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections in the statement by his Media Aide, Omotayo Iyanda, tasked Gov Makinde to desist from running “a close-ended kind of government where he always thinks he and his clique have the best ideas”.
He said, “It is Engr Makinde that should desist from running a close-ended kind of government where he always thinks he and his clique have the best ideas. He should listen to the leaders of thoughts across all shades of opinion(s), particularly those of local security and militant groups as Comrade Adesina Akinpelu, Sunday Igboho, Baba Olororo in Ona-Ara, among others, judging from the near total lack of competence and experience of the governor in public service understanding”, he said..
“His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Governor of Oyo State, has said it all that Governor Makinde needs help, particularly in the area of maintenance of law and order, urging him to call the Council of State meeting comprising all former governors and other stakeholders, which he has not convened since he became the governor of the state.
“Your Excellency, be truthful, open, transparent and carry relevant people along properly in the affairs of Oyo State. This is not the time to feel that “It’s our government.” That line of thought is crude and counter-productive.It is high time Mr Governor came down from his high Olympus and listened to the voices of reasoning and stop playing politics with every serious issue. Mr Governor, sir, enough of this gallivanting!
“It will be very helpful if Gov Makinde is truthful, open, transparent and carry relevant people along in running the affairs of the state instead of running a one-man show administration”, saying, “since the beginning of the administration, we have been playing our role as a constructive opposition but it is a pity that most of those things we have called the attention of the Engr Makinde government to have been ignored”.
On operation Amotekun, he faulted the composition of the security outfit, saying “to some militant leaders in the state, the composition of Amotekun has been wrong from the outset and that has impacted negatively on the present state of security in the state.”