An international socio – cultural group of Ibadan indigenes, Ibadan United in Diaspora, on Tuesday said that the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde cannot be trusted with the Oyo State funds.
The Group in statement at the weekend by its Coordinator in North America, Mr. Remi Babatunde stated that Mr. Makinde is looking for ways to revive his ailing business, adding that the group is challenging the PDP gubernatorial candidate to make public the state of his business and the welfare of its workers.
Mr. Babatunde disclosed that Makinde’s business, Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited, was almost shut for tax evasion by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) few years back, calling on Makinde to show tevidence of N1.5bn tax returns he claims to have paid during a gubernatorial debate to the whole world.
The group coordinator said that there was a report of how Makinde defaulted in paying N26m tax in 2016 and his company escaped being shut, stating that Makinde should rather tell the people the truth of being a wheeler dealer instead of masquerading as a saint, industrialist and self-acclaimed philanthropist.
Mr. Babatunde said that Makinde, who was a protégé of Late Gen. Sani Abacha, was a beneficiary of the Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke oil scam that brought the country on her kneels, noting that Makinde told the whole world himself of how he used to collect money from the late dictator through Major Al-Mustapha during a debate organized by a radio station in Ibadan.
He said “students of history will remember vividly how Abacha governed the country and the maltreatment of Yoruba leaders. While eminent Nigerians were fighting for the country to have democracy and good governance, Makinde was busy collecting money. He is a wheeler dealer who cannot be trusted with Oyo state funds.”