You have no right to criticise Tinubu for removing subsidy on PMS – APC tackles Makinde

The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that Governor Seyi Makinde of the state does not have the right to criticize President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for removing subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, also known as PMS.

The party made this declaration on Tuesday.

APC, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Wasiu Olawale Sadare, said that Makinde is the only governor that has been criticizing Tinubu for removing subsidy on PMS.

Sadare, in the statement made available to us, said that it is on the record that Makinde did not, for once, criticize former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sadare, while speaking further, said that Makinde attempted to take advantage of the labor protest on Tuesday to heap all the blame of the bad economy in the country on the federal government.

He urged the governor to address the problems facing the state instead of blaming Tinubu.

Sadare said, “Makinde has grown more wings in his penchant for misleading the public and sacrificing others for his ineptitude in government. Funny enough, the PDP-dominated State House of Assembly spoke in the same tone on the same day, and we understand the script being played by the governor.

“Gov. Makinde holds the record of the only governor in Nigeria who constantly blames the sitting President for his failure to add value in his state. Out of the 36 governors, the Oyo State helmsman was the only one who criticized President Bola Tinubu over the removal of fuel subsidy when he stated that the decision was untimely and not well thought out. This was what he did to former President Muhammadu Buhari between 2019 and 2023 as he distanced himself from Aso Villa on account of ego and thereby denied the Pacesetter state a lot of opportunities for four years.

“As he is wont to do, Makinde attempted to take advantage of the labor protest on Tuesday to heap all the blame for the bad economy in the country on the federal government, forgetting that governors like him were more culpable for the extent to which the quality of life has degenerated. Why blame President Tinubu for stopping wasteful spending on fuel subsidy when the decision has been enabling you to collect improved allocations in the last nine months, although without much to show for it?

“The Oyo State government has received over N207 billion in allocations from Abuja since May last year, and this excludes the billions of naira accrued to the 33 local government councils which the governor hijacked from them.

“Rather than use the whopping allocations to create wealth, Gov. Makinde mopped up more funds from loans, grants, IGR, and illegal sale of government assets without accountability. So, who then addresses hunger, poverty, and unemployment in Oyo State when the governor always engages in wasteful spending, capital flight, and misplaced priorities?”.