Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Adebayo Adelabu said that Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde had failed to fulfill his election promises more than a year after winning the election.
Adelabu, who was the candidate for governorship election of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 election, was defeated by Makinde.
Addressing journalists in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, as part of the celebration of his 50th birthday, Adelabu said that with the return of “prominent politician” to the APC, the APC has every opportunity to defeat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023.
He said, “Everything this administration promised the people of the state is still on their wish list 16 months after coming on board. With the caliber of people that have returned to the APC, no party can stand the way of our party in 2023.”
He also belittled the timely payment of workers’ salaries by Mr. Makinde, describing it as a legal obligation.
“No state needs a governor before salary is paid. When salary is paid through statutory allocations and it goes straight to the accountant general, they take it to the bank and they pay. Why must that be the major achievement of any governor?” he asked.
After losing to Makinda in the 2019 election, Adelabu said it was a blessing in disguise, explaining that it gave him great experience that would make him the best governor in 2023.
He further stated “I have become wiser politically and more conversant with progressive grassroots politics. I am now in the driver’s seat. I will be a better governor in 2023 than I would have been in 2019.”
“I will contest for governorship seat of Oyo state in 2023. I am confident that with the unity we now have in Oyo state chapter of the APC, we shall dislodge the ruling party in the state. We tried in 2019 but you can only win when God says it is your time.”
The former deputy governor of the CBN said it’s better to live than his father and grandfather, who died prematurely.
According to him, his father died at the age of 33, and his grandfather, Adegoke Adelabu, known as Penkelemisi, died at the age of 43.