APC attack Oyo Governor-elect - 'Your electoral promises already haunting you'




Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the reaction of Governor-elect Seyi Makinde to the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage law as a signal that he is being haunted by his electoral promises, even before receiving the baton of governance.

Makinde has faulted the fixing of the N30,000 minimum wage by the Federal Government, saying the individual state should have been allowed to determine what they could afford.

He said he planned to set up a committee to negotiate with labour unions as soon as he is sworn in despite ongoing labour’s negotiation with the outgoing APC government.

But, the Oyo APC, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olatunde, said it was too early for Makinde to renege on his electoral promises.


He admonished the governor-elect to focus on the art of governance and work towards fulfilling his electoral promises.

The party was reacting to the statement credited to the governor-elect’s spokesman, Prince Dotun Oyelade, who warned the APC against twisting Makinde’s interview in Abuja on the N30,000 minimum wage.

The APC said the governor-elect and his handlers were just trying to stave off criticism on his unpreparedness to govern the state.

The statement reads in part: “Makinde said during his electoral campaign that Oyo workers deserved more than N30,000 as minimum wage. Now, he was quoted by the media in Abuja that he can’t pay the N30,000 minimum wage. We (APC) decided not to comment on Makinde’s electoral promise U-turn because we want the electorate and the people of Oyo State to judge him while the party would not hesitate to provide the necessary constructive criticisms when the need arises.”

The party advised Makinde and Oyelade to be ready to face governance from May 29 instead of acting like the opposition continually.

The statement added: “The people of Oyo State deserve the best and we hope Makinde’s PDP will try not to disappoint, which is doubtful. It is too early for Makinde to be reprimanding others for his mistakes. APC was not the media that reported what Makinde said in Abuja. We expected Makinde to rather clear the air on his statement instead of blame shifting. We wish him the best in his endeavours, but with a caution that it is too early to renege on his electoral promises.

“We want to urge him to tread softly on the issue of Hajj operations. He should by now know that pilgrimage is structured with timing for all, participating pilgrims throughout the world. It is not just about Oyo State pilgrims. We appeal to him to stop displaying his naivety about governance and remind him that not everything, especially pilgrimage is politicized.”

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