By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Against widespread perceptions by some citizens of Oyo State, the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has said he has been able to prove critics wrong by maintaining very Strong relationship with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
Governor Ajimobi stated this while speaking during the commissioning of the Oba Lamidi Adeyemi dual carriage way named after the traditional ruler and Justice Adejumo Kester Mediation Center at Oyo.
Ajimobi said that some people had predicted he would not last two years in relationship with the Alaafin when he assumed office as the governor, adding that he had proved them wrong as his cordiality with the revered monarch was almost eight years old.
“People predicted that my relationship with baba Alaafin would not last on my ascension to the office in 2011. I’m proud to tell them now that we are flexing daily in our relationship and this is the eight year of my administration.”
Governor Ajimobi boasted that no governor has ever won election like he did, noting that none since the days of the Western Region has reigned for nearly eight years.
Recalling that he won elections in 2003, 2011 and 2015, Ajimobi said since the Western Region era, no governor or Premier ever led the region or the State for eight years, even during the military era, adding that if he fails to win in 2019, he still scored A1 or what one could call First Class.
“No Governor has ever won election like I did. None since the days of the Western Region has reigned for near eight years, even during the military misadventures.
“I won elections in 2003, 2011 and 2015. So if I fail to win in 2019, I still scored A1 or what you can call First Class,” Ajimobi recalled.
The Governor used the occasion to appreciate God and the people of the state for being able to spend eight years in the saddle with his government’s achievements and without any rancor with Alaafin.
Earlier in his remarks, the Alaafin of Oyo,Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III described the governor as a person who has passion for excellence through his penchant for honouring iconi individuals who have contributed to the development of the society.
He added that the honour bestowed on people that have made impact on the development of the state by naming important roads and institutions after them also made the governor unique.
Alaafin noted that the act had set the governor apart from his predecessors as appreciative of the immense contributions made by the individuals to the growth of the people of the state.
The monarch said: “We learnt recently that you have named major projects after important people that have impacted on our dear state.
“It is not when you die after contributing to the progress of the society that you should be honored. It is the same worthy honour that was given the Olubadan of Ibadan whose name now adorn the Eleyele-Dugbe-ANCE road as Oba Saliu Adetunji.
“When you look at the age of Olubadan, you will appreciate this gesture. He d not have to die before being honored.
“I was overwhelmed when you contacted me to ask who was the person that had traversed the legal from the Oyo empire and I gave him the name of Justice Adejumo Kester, he responded that he believed and trusted my judgement.
“We appreciate the governor for this honour. It is not common for people to be honored this way. Not all students remember Awolowo, Bode Thomas and Adegoke Adelabu.
“This is a call to the people that we should do good always and have leaders that will immortalize good people. I pray that we have people like you that will continue this trend.”
Alaafin commended Ajimobi for what he called an uncommon leadership stride of the governor which had resulted to the growth in all facets of human endeavors in the State, including the introduction and entrenchment of peace in the State.
He said the impact of the reign of the governor would always reverberate in the anal of Oyo State history.
“Ajimobi has spent eight years devoid of brigandage. All we have is peace and growth of infrastructural facilities as well as economic development.
“We shall always remember you for good because of these achievements which have far-reaching effects on the lives of our people. You have done so much to be remembered for, my Governor.”
Ajimobi had on Wednesday commissioned the Lam Adeshina road at Challenge and Ijokodo-Apete road that was rechristened Ambassador Olusola Saanu road as part of the commissioning of what was termed ‘legacy projects’ by the Ajimobi.