The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has said commiserated with the people of Oyo State within 24 hours after the explosion that rocked the Bodija area of Ibadan.
The ex-VP was reacting to Governor Seyi Makinde’s allegation that he had not sympathised with either the victims, their families or the state government.
The explosion of January 16 in Bodija took no fewer than five lives, with 70 others with different degrees of injuries.
The Oyo State governor had blamed the explosion on illegal miners who stored explosives in one of the buildings.
Makinde, playing host to Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the last general elections, accused Atiku of never reaching out to him.
Paul Ibe, Atiku’s aide, however, countered his claim in a statement, saying his principal had sympathised with the people of Oyo State in a widely circulated message on the explosion.
The statement reads: “With due respect to Governor Seyi Makinde, we wish to correct his expression about the response of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar to the recent explosion in the city of Ibadan.
“Atiku Abubakar made a condolence message about the Ibadan explosion less than 24 hours after its occurrence, where he shared his commiseration and empathy with the good people and government of Oyo State over the incident.
“Perhaps the Governor has been too busy to take track of media reports on the incident. But we wish to put on record that on the 17th of January, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar did make a widely available message on the Ibadan incident.”