The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Oyo state, Sunday, cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a chieftain of the Alliance for Democracy to desist from making reckless claims about Governor Seyi Makinde.
The PDP in its reaction to the APC and Engr Alao’s comments on the 115,000 workforce and the N11billion monthly salary for workers in the state as claimed by Governor, berated the duo describing their position as needless and unwarranted and campaign of calumny.
In the statement signed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, the party maintained that APC and some attention seeker politicians in Oyo state are out for mischieve making by misinterpreting the said statement of Governor Makinde, saying, “those behind the attacks are uninformed, mischievous and devious.
“The opposition APC and some politician including one Mr Hakeem Alao, who is claiming to be the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the last election, are confused and needed to be educated about running a state,” it said
PDP added, ” Governor Makinde spoke at the Nigerian-American Business Forum in the USA as the father of the entire Oyo State and not just governor of the second tier of government.Merging the entire workforce and amount paid in wages by the state and local governments in Oyo State to convince investors was not out of order.”
“We read with bewilderment the statement credited to the crisis-ridden All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State in which it criticised Governor Seyi Makinde, following his well-articulated and widely-commended investment pitch during the recently concluded Nigerian-American Business Forum held at Florida, United States.”.
PDP stressed, “in their usual frustrated nature, the APC tried to cast aspersion on another wonderful initiative of the Makinde administration: selling Oyo State to the world with a view to attracting investments and expanding its economy. By leaving the meat of Makinde’s strategic proposal to investors to embrace Oyo State and the uncommon passion with which he advertised Oyo to hundreds of investors, to dwell on the figure of the Oyo State workforce and the wage bill, the APC showed itself as wicked and unconcerned about the prosperity of the state.
According, to PDP, the figure put out by Governor Makinde was “a combination of state and local government workers and that the implementation of the minimum wage and incremental adjustment took the wage bill of workers in both tiers of government from N8 billion monthly to N11 billion.”
It however frowned at what it called the campaign of calumny and unsubstantiated claim that the figure quoted by Governor Makinde “was fake and an attempt to loot the resources of the state, saying, Gov Makinde “has proven through his policies and actions that integrity is non-negotiable and rekindled the hope of Nigerians that public accountability and transparency could be practised in governance.”