Governor Makinde Exits PDP WhatsApp Platform In Anger, Over Insecurity Crisis

Ongoing crisis rocking the Oyo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took another dimension on Saturday night as the governor of the state, Seyi Makinde, left the official WhatsApp platform in anger.

The Publicity Secretary of the party, Akeem Olatunji, had earlier posted a video of an attack by Fulani herdsmen on the people of Ayete, headquarters of Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state on the WhatsApp group.

The video was calling on the governor to take urgent steps to save the people of Ayete from ceaseless attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen but the governor became angry about it. 

Olatunji had commented on the video, saying, “This video has gone viral but the authority needs to confirm the claim. It’s very urgent to address the message…”

Governor Makinde angrily left the WhatsApp platform around 10 pm on Saturday.

Reacting to the statement made by Olatunji, Makinde at exactly 10:07 pm, said, “Every time some idiots makes (sic) a video,  the government must respond… I don’t get it really… you need mature people to make meaningful contributions on your platform.”

The governor also went on to react to another story regarding allegations of violence at the ongoing All Progressives Congress (APC) membership revalidation/registration. 

Olatunji had also said, “Several injured as APC members fight over registration in Oyo State.”

Governor Makinde asked; “What is the relevance of this on the PDP official platform?”

He then exited the platform

His exit was followed by comments by other participants in the group, with some saying they were disappointed that the governor could be so intolerant about the insecurity going on in the state. 

“I’m highly disappointed sir, we don’t expect this from you.

“Leaders who are low on accommodating may have trouble building up goodwill with other people,” Hon Samuel Okunlade, Chairmen of Orelope Local Government Area, Igboho, said. 

But Kunle Yusuf,  Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, tackled Okunlade, saying, “Please let us stay clear from the issue, we should be careful with the information we share on this loop.”

One Gbade Adediran however took Kunle Yusuf up, telling him that it is important to speak the truth to power and that people on the platform should act maturely. 

He said; “I agreed (sic) with you, but sometimes we need to say the truth, we only need mature people on this platform, we need to respect ourselves, Ajurawalo ti ijakadi ko.”

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