Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has faulted claims made by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, that he didn’t commiserate with residents of the state over explosion that rocked parts of the Ibadan, the state capital recently.
Atiku stated that the impression created by the governor on the explosion was not correct and should be disregarded by the people.
Atiku, in a statement by Paul Ibe, his Media Adviser, said: “With due respect to Governor Seyi Makinde, we wish to correct his expression about the response of Atiku Abubakar to the recent explosion in the city of Ibadan.
“Atiku Abubakar made a condolence message about the Ibadan explosion, less than 24 hours of its occurrence, where he shared his commiseration and empathy with the good people and government of Oyo State over the incident.
“Perhaps the Governor has been too busy to take track of media reports on the incident. But we wish to put on record that on the 17th of January, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar did make a widely available message on the Ibadan incident.
“I wish to express my condolences to the good people and government of Oyo State over the explosion that rocked the capital city of Ibadan late yesterday night.
“While the government continues to provide humanitarian support to victims of the explosion, I commiserate with the families of those who might have lost their lives and property to the explosion.”
Speaking during a visit by the former Governor of Anambra State and presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last election, Peter Obi, Makinde was quoted as saying, “I am particularly grateful because you are three musketeers that went into that election. The president has reached out to me, and you have reached out to me but my party candidate, not even a call or a text message.”