Mixed reactions as Seyi Makinde’s N48bn asset declaration take Twitter by storm

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the N48 billion assets declaration of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

The governor, who said he has fulfilled one of his campaign promises by publicly declaring his assets, encouraged members of his team to do the same.

According to a statement by Taiwo Adisa, chief press secretary to the governor, Makinde of Oyo had cash at hand and in the bank worth N234,742,296.01, as at May 28, 2019.

Taiwo said the asset declaration form contained details of cash at hand, in the bank, landed properties (developed and undeveloped), household items, share and bonds owed by the governor, Omini Makinde, his wife, and his companies.

In dollar terms, the Governor has cash valued at $30,056.99 as at the same date.

Properties, including the developed and undeveloped as well as household items indicated on the asset forms, showed that the governor is worth N2,624,800,500 as at the date of asset declaration.

In dollar terms, the governor also declared properties, developed and undeveloped as well as household items valued at $4,400,000.

In South African rands, the governor declared buildings and household items worth R4,457,554.04.

The governor also declared details of nine buildings in Nigeria, two in the United States of America and one in South Africa.

The details showed the current value of Makinde’s companies stands at N48,150,736,889 with 33,730,000 units of shares as at May 28, 2019.

According to the statement, the companies owned by Makinde include; Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited; Energy Traders and Technical Services Limited; Makon Oil and Gas Limited; Makon Group Limited, Makon Construction Limited and Makon Power System Limited.

The governor also has Eurobond worth $3,793, 500 as well as shares, debentures and other securities valued at N120,500,000.

On Monday, Makinde visited the Oyo state office of the code of conduct bureau (CCB) in Ibadan, the state capital, to receive a copy of the asset declaration form.

This declaration took Twitter by storm as the development has generated reactions from both sides of the aisle.

Mazi Emmanuel Eze 🇳🇬 @MOnwuasoeze tweeted, “Seyi Makinde isn’t your regular politician. Man keep doing things that seem like a mere political statement in the political field. Appointing of opposition in his inner team to form an inclusive government, now openly declaring his assets. Your MCM cannot can. #BossMove.”

OBALOLA @OBA_LEKS said “Buharists are doubting the declaration of Seyi Makinde 🤣🤣.

“Well, I don’t blame them. Na Buhari cause am. He has made them believe so much in poverty that having 48billion is impossible.”

Omo Oba @vicky86_babs tweeted “Seyi Makinde’s integrity versus Buhari’s integrity. kudos to the man of the people.P.S He still uses his personal car.”

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Ola @OlaOfLife tweeted: “Anyone who thinks Seyi Makinde’s Makon group in Lekki phase1 is worth 48b needs a mental cLekk.

“Man inflated the worth of his company so that he can steal and enjoy the proceeds without harassment when he harassment.”

Adamson Bassey @addamson1on1 said “it’s about coming into the Government house with clean hands and a pure heart to serve the people of his State. A good name- Seyi Makinde is better than ‘GOLD’.”

Linus @linusNoni said, “I like how calmly Gov Seyi Makinde acts.

“The person asking him the question was trying to castigate him.

“Gov Seyi replied, my taxes in a year amount to N1.5bn.”
Deola Gold @deolagold23 said, “Seyi Makinde is the definition of what a progressive politician should be. I’m inspired 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾.”

Bamikole Banks Omisore @MrBanksOmishore tweeted “@MsLami_A Lami lami. Omo re be custard.  Please answer the One person Alive. Also check your tweet from 2015. You will agree that Seyi Makinde is THEIR FATHER when it comes to integrity, simply because a lot of people said they would before election, but SM STOOD by his words.”

Remi🔑 @remiadebayor said, “Seyi Makinde declared his assets and people are still insulting him calling him a liar, saying “he’s worth more than that “. I tire for these people. 😪

‘Bosun Alayande @BosclefA said: “If your President can’t declare his asset, our Governor just did.

“Seyi Makinde for President. True man of integrity.

“Nigerians are wondering why the country is getting poorer. Osinbajo said the President is poorer after 4 years in office. “Integrity par excellence 👍 #continuuu.”

Ogunupdate @ogunupdate tweeted: “Behold the richest State Governor in Africa!

“Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State Nigeria, having declared assets worth an excess of 130 million dollars has emerged as the richest state governor in Africa at the time… (link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz-r-OVhINM/?igshid=csvt48rgfptxinstagram.com/p/Bz-r-OVhINM/…”

Christian Jombo @christianjombo tweeted: “Here’s my bank account greeting and asking Seyi Makinde’s bank account for help 😂

Chima @Chima_Chymes said “compare the leaders from the parties that have impressed you the most and you’ll be surprised which has more of that.

“I am proud of Seyi Makinde and I hope he keeps on with this.”

Karbanion001 @Karbanion001 while replying to @MrBanksOmishore said  “@seyiamakinde Seyi Makinde is a goal, sincerely we must appreciate the bold step taking by the Ibadan-based Engineer. Perhaps if he got it wrong, we must chastise him, but this time around, I doff my cap for GSM for the steps as the first gov after 2019 election.”

Idris Olanrewaju Adelakun ‘Delak @delak_Idris said “You want Pure Integrity, Seyi Makinde is an example to look on to, I will refer you back in time during the campaign period again.

“He said this and was attacked by APC but am Glad Oyo people stood strong and made the best choice ever by voting for @seyiamakinde @raufolaniyan.

Odun Ola @abbide said, “I’m expecting a lot from Seyi Makinde and man seems to be on right track now.

“Another person I’m looking forward to is Dapo Abiodun.

“These aren’t regular politicians.”