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What Atiku, PDP say about Governor Makinde's public declaration of assets

- The PDP and Atiku commended Governor Makinde of Oyo state for publicly declaring his assets

- The PDP said Makinde's action showed his commitment to transparency and good governance

- On his part, Atiku said Makinde has demonstrated that integrity is not a mere lip homage but a consistent course of action of an individual doing as they promise

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former vice president Atiku Abubakar have hailed the Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state for making public his assets declarations forms, in line with his electioneering campaign promise.

The party in a statement issued by his national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, July 16, in Abuja commended the decision of the governor.

Ologbondiyan said that such voluntary decision further demonstrated Makinde’s commitment to transparency and good governance, for which the people of the state voted massively for him in the March 9 governorship election.

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“The PDP commends Makinde for refusing to repudiate the promises he made in the heat of elections, which is an uncommon act of fidelity in our clime.

“The PDP is assured that this stance will further endear him to the people of Oyo state as well as showcase our party as a party whose members make their words their bond.

“In this regard, the PDP is in no doubt as to Makinde’s commitment and ability to deliver good governance and the much-expected development to the people of the state,” he said.

Ologbondiyan encouraged leaders at all levels to strive to remain faithful to promises they might have made in the course of electioneering campaigns.

Atiku on his part said that by the action of Makinde, he had demonstrated that integrity was not a mere lip homage but a consistent course of action of an individual doing as they promised.

Abubakar in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr Paul Ibe, commended the governor for his forthrightness.

Atiku who was the party’s presidential candidate in the February presidential election expressed his support to Makinde and his administration in delivering good governance in Oyo.

“Recall that the governor had hit the ground running after his swearing in as governor with ground breaking policies that seek to frontally address the problems of corruption in public and private sectors and also in advancing the access to universal basic education.

“These are programmes to which the PDP is heartily committed,” he said.

Atiku said he was particularly proud of Makinde because his action as the only elected public official so far to so publicly declare his assets “speaks eloquently to the maxim of leadership by example.”

“By this, the governor has spoken without any ambiguity, that his administration will not condone corruption.

“His example is highly recommended to other leaders at all levels of government,” Atiku said.

Governor Makinde had on Monday, July 15, made public his campaign promise to publicly declare his assets.

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Legit.ng's regional reporter, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the governor, who visited the state office of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in Ibadan to receive a copy of the asset declaration form, said that his decision to make the assets public was in fulfillment of a personal promise he made during the elections.

It was gathered that the details of the assets as contained in the CCB 1 with the name Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde, which was declared at the high court of Oyo state, on May 28, indicated that the governor is worth over N48 billion.

The assets declaration form, marked OYSE/2019/001, contained details of cash at hand, in the bank, landed properties (developed and undeveloped), household items, share and bonds owed by the governor, his wife, Omini Makinde as well as his companies.

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