Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has expressed his disappointment over the lack of response from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, regarding the recent explosion in Ibadan. During a visit from Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, Governor Makinde acknowledged the solidarity shown by other major political figures but noted Atiku’s absence of communication.
The explosion, which occurred in Adeji, Old Bodija in Ibadan, resulted in five fatalities, 77 injuries, and damage to 58 houses. While receiving Peter Obi at the Governor’s Office, Governor Makinde praised Obi for his empathetic gesture, emphasizing the importance of separating politics from humanity and governance.
Makinde highlighted that other key political figures, including the president and Peter Obi, reached out to him, but Atiku Abubakar did not make any contact. The governor’s statement reflects a concern about political leadership and responsiveness to citizens’ welfare, especially during crises.
During his visit, Peter Obi expressed condolences to the victims’ families and commended the state government’s prompt response to the tragedy. Obi’s visit was not only a gesture of sympathy but also an opportunity to address broader issues such as the economic situation in the country and the need for reduced governance costs at the federal level.