Ex-Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Alao Akala has made a mockery of the incumbent Governor Seyi Makinde saying that he did not borrow any money or sink the state in debt during his tenure as the Governor of the State.
He said this earlier today on a live radio interview on Splash FM.
He stated that “I was the only Governor who did not borrow a kobo from any bank and who did not leave any debt behind when leaving the office. I was termed the ATM Governor because I knew how to manage the resources in the state. When a Governor knows how to manage both human and financial resources, he will be termed ATM just like me. I wasn’t dashing people money, I made money to be in circulation in Oyo State.
“I did that by making anything accruable to Oyo State Government reside in Oyo State, be it federal allocation or anything else. I did not give a contract to anyone outside Oyo State. Listen to me very well, I did not give a contract to anyone staying outside Oyo State. Everything was being done here. That was what made my government different from the rest.
When he was asked about being termed the “Oyato Governor”, Akala responded saying he did not know the origin of the name, further adding that he just heard people commenting about his unique approach to governance and before he knew it, he was tagged Oyato.
He said, “the meaning of Oyato is a different style, so I guess that means people were talking about the fact that I had parted from the way the people were using to being governed.”
“So you see, Government is about having experience, knowing how to manage resources and cutting your coat according to your clot,h not your size. That was exactly what I did.”