The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji on Thursday declared that the ‘unprecedented’ achievements of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State qualified him for another term in office. He said this was possible were it not for constitutional impediment that restricts governors to two terms in office. Oba Adetunji made this declaration during a meeting between the governor and traditional rulers in the state held at House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Ibadan on Thursday.
The Olubadan said that he decided to openly appreciate the governor for what he called his unrelenting efforts to bring development to all the nooks and crannies of the state. He said “Yoruba don’t appreciate themselves except to abuse and criticize but when someone has done well, we must say it. I am talking about what I have seen so far. In view of this, I would have loved him to go for another term if not that the constitution does not allow it. “The governor has performed very well. He has recorded unprecedented achievements worthy of commendation. This is the only way to spur him into greater performance for the benefit of the whole state”.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi while expressing ‘surprise’ at the pace of road constructions and other ongoing projects across the state, said he was surprised that the governor is embarking on those projects during this pervading economic downturn in the country. It was gathered that Ajimobi had invited the monarchs to keep them abreast of his scorecard, developments across the state and his future plans to sustain his administration’s transformation agenda. Alaafin while speaking said that the governor should be commended for all he had achieved since the beginning of his administration in spite of the dwindling allocations from the Federation Account and paltry internally-generated revenue.
He said, “We can only commend you for all you have been able to achieve in the last seven years. We are very impressed with your performance. At the appropriate time, we will comprehensively, sufficiently and adequately respond to your address.