Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is a man gifted with the art of stirring controversies. Recently, the governor shocked many political watchers within and outside the state, when he said his government had discovered N150 billion debts within the first 30 days of his assumption in office.
The Oyo State governor, who was the first to publicly declare his assets, said more debts are still being collated by government officials, which would be made public soon.
Makinde, who made the revelation during a media chat on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State to celebrate his one month in office threatened to expose his predecessor, Abiola Ajimobi, if he continued to disturb his administration.
Makinde said: “We have confirmed N150 billion debt so far. We are still working to discover more. Some of them may be questionable. If you take a bond, it is always tied to a particular project.
“If we want, we can do a value-for-money audit. Our focal point is how to strengthen the economy of the state so that all and sundry will prosper. But, I will expose them if they don’t want to stop disturbing us. When we do, they won’t be able to move on the streets.”
An interesting one that would interest Mr. Governor was the indictment and subsequent removal from office of Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu (remember Penkelemesi?) of the then National Council of Nigeria and Cameroons (NCNC) as chairman, Ibadan District Council in 1956. It must be noted that Adelabu was simultaneously a minister in the Federal Government. The regional government, controlled by the then Action Group, convinced of incidence of “maladministration and corruption” within the council, set up a commission of inquiry to investigate its activities. The commission was headed by E.W.J. Nicholson, a Briton.
The commission, after investigation, discovered that the council chairman and three other councillors were guilty of “gross” official malpractices. The commission further proved that Adelabu, on three occasions “accepted or negotiated for bribes.” And the Nicholson Report noted that by Adelabu’s personal testimony, he was worth 20,000 Pounds Sterling in 1955. In further indicting him the report submitted that the Ibadan District Council was a one-man affair and not a collective responsibility as officially expected. “…Mr. Adelabu”, the report says, “is in effect, the Ibadan District Council himself, and I believe no decision is made against his will.”
The rest is history… (Daily Independent)