By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Sunday declared that he did not hate Muslims and will not stop the use of Hijab or return schools to Missionary if elected as governor of Oyo state
Engineer Makinde stated this in a statement issued from his campaign organisation and signed by his spokesman, Prince Dotun Oyelade.
According to the PDP governorship candidate in Oyo state, the rumour being spread by some enemies of peace and Oyo state in general was unfounded and despicable lies and figment of their imagination.
Engineer Makinde while stressing that he has no reason no hate Muslims emphasized that there was no plan by him to stop the use of Hijab or return schools to Missionary, saying, it is now time for Nigerians to stop mixing religion with politics and look for merit on how to overcome grinding poverty which doesn’t recognize religious divides ” I believe I have the capacity to rescue the state from brink of collapse.
The PDP governorship candidate however challenged the All Progressives Congress ( APC) governorship candidate in Oyo state ” to name one thing he has done for the Muslim community in Oyo state before he showed interest in the governorship race, adding that ” if Adelabu names one, he will name a dozen.”
“Where was Adelabu when I started organizing my popular Omituntun annual Ramadan Lecture six years ago to promote Islam and peaceful co-existence . Where was he when, for several years now, I have been sponsoring Muslim to Mecca.”, he said.
Engineer Makinde added, “while Adelabu did not make up his mind on which religion he actually wanted to be identified with, I have been adding value to the propagation of both religion without any fuss yet I am a christian with a devoted and renowned Muslim deputy, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan who has contributed to the growth of Muslims and Islam more than Adelabu has ever done”.
Stressing that the APC reserves the rights to chose his path in life, he pointed out that ” corporate lies and mudslinging is a sin before God.”
“Bayo, we know ourselves, how many months ago did you actually decide to identify with Islam.I have also attended several Islamic oriented meetings at instances of Aare Musulumi of Yoruba Land, Alhaji Daud Akinola, League of Imams and Alfa, Muslim Association of Nigeria, Nasfat to mention a few where I tabled before them my Blueprint and it received applause.”