THE Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said that politics and other considerations cannot distract him and his colleague governors in the South-West geopolitical zone from cooperating to ensure the development of the zone and Nigeria.
He warned naysayers and detractors on Monday to quit trying to drive a wedge between him and other governors, adding that such persons should look elsewhere.
According to him, politics and party affiliations will not cause a division among the governors.
Governor Makinde stated these when he paid a thank you visit to his counterpart in Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, over the amicable resolution of the age-long ownership crisis which had rocked the Ladoke Akintola University, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, for years.
Governor Makinde added that Oyo and Osun States demonstrated that an amicable resolution of the seeming intractable ownership crisis was possible and that the decision would ensure that LAUTECH returns to the pinnacle of excellence, which it was renowned for, years back.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor stated these while speaking at the Executive Chamber of the Osun State Governor’s Office.
The statement added that Makinde commended Governor Oyetola for the statesmanlike role he played in the process.
This was as the Osun State governor also expressed confidence that Makinde would implement the MoU on the resolution of the LAUTECH ownership to the letter, declaring that the Oyo State Governor is a man of honour.
In his speech, Governor Makinde maintained that a lot of people had been reading wrong meaning into the recent dissolution of the joint ownership of LAUTECH, describing it as being against the spirit of regional cooperation.
He said, however, that the decision by Oyo and Osun States to have a divorce over LAUTECH ownership would pay off in the long run.
“To the naysayers, they should look for other things that will divide us. Politics has not divided us. Party affiliations did not do that. LAUTECH did not do it. And we will continue to cooperate for the progress and prosperity of both states, our zone, and our country,” he said.
According to Governor Makinde, the visit to Osogbo was to appreciate Oyetola for the role he played in the process that led to the amicable resolution of the issue, noting that without Oyetola playing that role, the problem could not have been solved.
He said: “I came here to basically thank my brother, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, for the role that he played, which eventually led to us being able to resolve the LAUTECH issue.
“So, I came to thank Governor Oyetola. Without him playing that role of being a statesman, we could not have solved the problem.
– Dec. 01, 2020 @ 10:07 GMT /