The outgoing Governor of Oyo State, Mr Abiola Ajimobi has revealed what he called his only regret in his eight years at the helms of affairs in the state.
According to the governor, whose tenure ends at midnight of May 28, he regretted not being allowed to do all he wanted to do in office as governor.
Ajimobi stated this when he spoke to State House correspondents shortly after paying President Muhammadu Buhari a thank you visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, adding that the people of Oyo State were not patient and understanding enough, a factor that affected some of the things he wanted to do.
The governor, who wished he had joined politics 20 years ago, said: “I think I regret the fact that I have not been able to do everything I wanted to do. I wish our people could be more understanding, could be more patient, but they feel that any time you try to make a change, people resist change even if it is good for them.
“I wish I had been in politics 20 years ago.”
Speaking on why he paid President Buhari a thank you visit, the governor said it is because of the several financial interventions in form of bailouts that the president offered that he would be leacing office without leaving behind any unpaid salaries.
Ajimobi said: “I want to thank President Buhari for the support he has given all the states, particularly during the period of scarcity of funds to execute our projects, to pay salaries, to meet the socio-economic development demands.
“I am going to Umrah to thank God. When I came in, I pleaded with God to give me the opportunity to serve peacefully and that He did.
“I also want to thank the people of Oyo State for allowing me to be the first governor to do two terms of eight years; it has never happened in Oyo State.’’
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