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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Monday, declared that the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, misrepresented facts as regards the vehicles allegedly carted away by officials of his government.
Ajimobi had, while speaking to newsmen on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, described the alarm raised by the incumbent government in Oyo State as a “minor issue,” adding that his aides paid for the vehicles they took away.
But, Makinde in a statement made available to newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the former Governor mixed up the facts of the matter.
Makinde said, “There should be no ambiguity about this issue of missing or stolen cars. The alarm raised by the government of Engineer Seyi Makinde on the unprecedented looting of official vehicles has nothing to do with cars that were legally sold or boarded to the different officials of the past administration.
“The vehicles we are concerned about are official cars carted away without legal instruments. Contrary to the statement of former Governor Ajimobi, many of the vehicles carted away illegally are new and in working conditions.
“You cannot possibly classify a vehicle procured in February of this year as an old car just a few months after it was purchased.”
The statement added that Oyo State government had no issue with vehicles properly boarded by past officials.
It indicated that issues were raised on vehicles given out by the past administration as “parting gifts”