Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Friday said some elements within the system used to free money were accusing him of “messing with their honeypots.”
Makinde said the people had continued to threaten him regarding his 2023 re-election ambition.
In spite of that, the governor said his administration would continue to block the loopholes in the system to prevent wastage and facilitate development.
Makinde spoke at the public presentation of two books authored by a former Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof Temitope Alonge.
The books are, ‘Public-private partnership in health’ and ‘Driven by passion, enabled by grace.’ The event held at the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan.
Makinde said, “Is it all rosy? No. There are people within the system that are used to free money and they are still there. And all they can say to me is that I am messing with their honeypots and that I have blocked the loopholes they were making money from.
“They do threaten me on 2023 ambition, saying I will come back again. But I may or may not; that is the news for them. I will ensure that those loopholes remain blocked. The PPP, which Professor Alonge wrote about, is the saving grace for Oyo State right now. We actually call it the Alternative Project Funding Approach, which for us, is very simple.
“If we need honest politicians and those that will focus on the people, then we have to clean up our environment because society will throw them up. We do have people who, according to Professor Alonge, are outliers.
“We have many outliers out there but they are scared to come out. I want to use this opportunity to encourage them. If we have, maybe two per cent of the outliers, we need to encourage them to come out. If they occupy 70 or 80 per cent of political positions, then, we will see a major difference.”