Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has faulted former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, for not showing empathy over the recent explosion in Ibadan.
Obi was on a condolence visit to him in his office today, Monday.
Makinde lambasted Atiku’s lack of empathy, saying it was “insensitive” for Atiku to not offer any condolence or even acknowledge the tragedy.
He further noted that Atiku’s silence sends a troubling message about his character and judgment.
Makinde said: “Let me use this opportunity to thank His Excellency, former governor of Anambra and presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, for the visit.
“I thank him because politics didn’t seep into this. You came here to commiserate with us over the explosion. Actually, the investigation is going on. It was simply illegal miners storing explosives in an environment where they shouldn’t be.
“It is a place where it’s meant for people to live in. It’s not a mining site. So, all the lapses that allowed such to happen had been looked into.
“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 own 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,” Makinde said.
Earlier, Mr. Obi said his visit was to pay condolence to the governor and the people of the state over the recent explosion.
“Through the governor, we want to extend our condolences to the bereaved families and to all those who lost their valuable property in the incident and to assure them of our prayers that God will grant those who lost their lives eternal rest.
“And we want to thank the government for its prompt response. That is what governance has to be.”
Speaking on the economic situation of the country and its effect on the masses, Obi called for a cut in the cost of governance at the federal level as a necessary sacrifice to move the country forward.
“All of us are now involved and all of us should work hard and make the necessary sacrifice to see that we turn around the situation. That is why it is necessary when things that happened here happened, the government responded in a manner government should respond and everybody comes to participate and commend them for doing the right thing.
“It’s a matter of sacrifice. Today, elections are over, governance is the key thing and what is required for me is to cut down on the cost of governance especially at the federal level. It is unacceptable the way it is going.
“We need to prioritize critical areas such as education, health and pulling people out of poverty,” he said.