BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN—Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in continuation of his nation-wide consultations with stakeholders on his political ambition, yesterday visited the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola
During the courtesy visit to the Oyo State governor, Alhaji Abubakar recalled some of memorable events in the ancient city saying he always felt at home anytime he was in Ibadan.
Sharing some of his experiences in the city, the ex-vice president said, it was in the city he as a Customs Officer rose to become a Deputy Comptroller-General.
He said: “Any time I am in Ibadan, I always recall my happiest days as a civil servant of 30 years. I always feel like it is a home-coming anytime I am here. It was from Ibadan here that I was catapulted three or four times on my ranks to become a deputy head of Customs. I have quite a number of memories.
“I remember it was in Ibadan here when the late Gen. Murtala Mohammed was assassinated. Because I had the same work ethics with Gen. Mohammed, I was always referred to as Murtala Mohammed. So, each time I come to Ibadan, this historic and great city, I always come back with a lot of memories.” he said.
He acknowledged the positive changes in Ibadan metropolis, which he said had transformed the city into a beautiful state capital.
“What always gladdens my heart is that I always see changes anytime I come back to Ibadan; changes in additional infrastructural development; changes in city renewal; changes in quality of life; changes in orderliness on the streets and changes in cleanliness of the streets.
“That is really what good governance is all about, and I want to commend you and praise you for these wonderful achievements, and I pray that the good people of Oyo State will continue to give you the support that you need to continue to do these good works that you have been doing,” he said.
He said the visit was in line with his promise to the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) during their visit to him in December last year.
Responding, Governor Ajimobi commended the former Vice President for the visit, describing him as a broad-based, patriotic and consummate politician with impeccable character and humble disposition, praying that his (Atiku’s) “consultation” would result in “consummation” of a relationship between him and the APC.