Ibadan explosion: Atiku commiserated with Oyo, aide counters Makinde


The Media Aide to 2023 Presidential candidate Atiku
Abubakar, Paul Ibe, has countered the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, stating
that Atiku, contrary to his claim, commiserated with the people and State
Government over the Ibadan explosion.


On January 16, an explosion occurred in Ibadan, resulting in
fatalities, numerous injuries, and significant damage to properties valued in
millions of naira.


Makinde on Monday, while hosting the presidential candidate
of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan, lamented
that, unlike others, Atiku had not called or sent a message to commiserate with
the people of the state regarding the explosion in Ibadan.


Makinde stated “I am particularly grateful because the
musketeers that went for the presidential election have reached out to me. The
president has called me, and you have reached out to me, but my party
candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has not called or even sent a text message.


“And I am saying it openly, so that our leaders will know
that there is time for politics, you have a time for governance and you have a
time for humanity. So, we want to say thank you so much, sir. We appreciate
this visit.”


Reacting, Atiku, in a statement by his media adviser on
Monday, clarified that the PDP’s 2023 Presidential candidate commiserated with
the victims, people, and the State Government. He added that Makinde may have
been too busy to keep track of media reports on the incident.

The statement read in part “With due respect to Governor
Seyi Makinde, we wish to correct his expression about the response of His
Excellency 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 after 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.”


Verification by our correspondent indicates that Atiku did,
on January 17, express condolences through his verified Facebook page to the
people and government of Oyo State concerning the blast.


Atiku in his Facebook post of January 17 said “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.”


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