The outgoing governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has advised the newly elected governor of the state, Seyi Makinde to beware and be watchful as he takes on the mantle of leadership in the state.
Governor Ajimobi who hosted the winner of 2019 governorship election gave the advice at the on Thursday at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Ajimobi warned the governor-elect to avoid bitter hatred but try to create relationships by attracting people from both his party and others from across party divide in the state to help him in managing the affairs of the state.
He called the incoming governor to sustain the peace and security brought to the state by his administration among others feats.
The governor, however, commended Makinde for initiating the visit saying such was a departure from the norm and urged the incoming government to sustain the level of relationship and cordiality.
Ajimobi said “I congratulate you on the opportunity nature has given you to serve humanity. For me, it is a matter of changing baton and I commend your noble move which is different from the past when after someone lost the election, they will start making troubles and abusing each other.
“To me, I am so happy that we are moving this state to a high level. Our own was relatively peaceful and for you to say you want to come and greet me, it is a departure from the past. For me, we must continue on this path.
“The peace and security that we have created must be sustained and I know you as a man of peace who is not criminally inclined. I commend you for coming and for me, it is a reflection of your kind of person.
“I will advise that in the spirit that you have started, reach out to all and sundry and make it all inclusive to bring in everybody, particularly your party members and others in Oyo state that can add value.
“We have done our best in Oyo state especially in terms of security and you must sustain it. In the last eight years, Oyo state has been ranked as one of the most peaceful in the country.
“We will be available to you should you need our advice. You should look at the areas we have done well and sustain it and in the areas we have not, please adjust it. We have always been brothers and I believe you deserve it and you have won irrespective of how you did it. The spirit we have started, we must be sustained.
“Beware of praise singers, avoid acrimony. It is always better to leverage on the relationship instead of dwelling in acrimonies.”
Makinde said the visit was to see the governor first hand since after the conclusion of the elections and also said the incoming administration would be requiring the help of the incumbent in the interest of moving the state forward.
Makinde said “The visit is to see you the first hand since after the election. We will require your help. Electioneering is over and certain things that we might have said were just for the campaign talks, but now is the time to face reality.
“You have done your own part. Our state is dear to all of us and we shall share your vision like I had said in one of our numerous interactions before the elections. We want to work together with you and make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible.”