Months into the reign of the ACN in these states, however, many of the elected governors are showing that they cannot all work the magic of theirLagoscounterpart, Babatunde Fashola.
Among the non-working ACN Governors is that ofOyoState, Abiola Ajimobi. The governor who we gathered at a time confessed to not knowing anything about governance, is more interested in replenishing the huge amount he spent in prosecuting the last election.
Just to mark his 100 days in Office the Governor, we learnt, has been pumping the state’s money into renovating and equipping the building called the Communication Research Centre and so far, he has pumped billions of Naira into it, more than half of which we learnt will be ending in the personal account of the governor.
The story is that the building in question happens to be one a former governor and chieftain of the ACN in the state, Alhaji Lam Adeshina started while he was the governor of the state but was abandoned by other governors that ruled the state.
Ajimobi is alleged to have spent over N6 billion on the project, which he hopes to unveil as one of the projects during his first 100 days in office later in the year. And the money he said was for construction of the Research House, as they call it, and to get some equipment may increase as the Governor iss also accused of not stating the exact budget he set aside for the project.
In another development, the activities of the Governor are gradually but inexorably pitching him against the elite inOyoState, as he is said to be fond of cancelling any project put in place by the immediate past governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Akala was said to have bought the idea ofLagosStatecreating the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) to control traffic and sent over 250 graduates from the state on courses to understand managing all sort of traffic problems. But months after Akala left office, the 250 that were trained and had started working, were sacked by Ajimobi, only for him to later employ a new set, with their salary allegedly pegged at N10,000 per month. The salary is the reason people are at the moment not happy with him.
This is just a tip of the iceberg and in just 100 days the Governor is laying an unpalatable foundation of wasting the state’s cash on irrational projects. Only God knows how much he will set aside for celebrations marking his first year in office. of trying to milk the state dry.