No Law Permits You To Take Away Cars Free Of Charge – Makinde to Ajimobi
After much efforts to justified their right to carted away government official cars by last Oyo State administration, the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde through Chief Press Secretary to Governor Mr Taiwo Adisa, in a statement on Sunday sent a message of warning to Ajimobi and aides, cautioned them on act defending themselves about the government cars they took away illegally.
Governor Makinde described a press conference made by aides of Ajimobi last Friday as shameful and embarrassment to humanity, said the aides explanation on their day light robbery in the wee hours of last administration is awful.
Makinde noted that there was no government instrument or law of the state House of Assembly that permitted vehicles to be taken away freely or in exercise of discretionary powers, the statement pointed to records showing that the immediate past government expended huge sums of money on the purchase of new cars at the twilight of the administration.
Makinde also described as false the claims by the Ajimobi aides of brashness, noting that the security operatives were civil in their procedures of carrying out the recovery of the two.
The statement read, in parts, “This government will not permit anyone to mix up facts in an attempt to defend a strange tradition of “vultures in governance” which is diametrically opposed to the Service Agenda of the Makinde administration.
“There is a clear difference when a vehicle is boarded and the appropriate amount paid. The records at the disposal of government clearly demarcate the illegally taken cars from the boarded vehicles.
“We also make bold to state that the officials charged with recovery of the said cars and the security operatives have so far been very civil in their procedures and no fewer than 19 cars have been recovered.
“Television cameras were on the toe of the officials who recovered the last set of five vehicles and those who took the cars away are well documented.
“There is no government instrument or law of the State House of Assembly that permits vehicles to be taken away “free of charge” or in the exercise of “discretionary powers” as shown in a memo elements of the past government secretly leaked in a bid to blackmail the incumbent government.
“Because the government in place in Oyo is all about probity, openness, and accountability, it will not condone attempts to seize public property or distribute them like a Father Christmas in the twilight of his trade.
“It is disheartening that some persons who have had the opportunity of serving our Dear state, a state of Omoluabi would openly defend any absurdity or propensity to loot government property in a manner that debases the true Omoluabi culture that defines us here.”
It will be recalled Prof Adeniyi Olowofela Former Commissioner for Education, Mr Bolaji Tunji
Former Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy and
Hon. Abiodun Ambali
Former Special Assistant, Political jointly signed a press released last week Friday,
accusing the new administration of destroying the legacies of the immediate past administration and individually and collectively running after ghosts.