By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State governor-elect and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the state in the last Saturday’s election, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Monday assured that his administration will not disappoint the people of the state.
Engineer Makinde made the promise during a special press conference at his Ikolaba Ibadan residence to thank the people of Oyo State on his election as the next governor of the state.
“You elected me to fulfil your desire for a better life and God helping me, I will not disappoint you. You also made it easier for us by voting in majority of our legislators which means that we can push through without much ado, all our people-oriented policies particularly in critical sectors of education, health and job creation”. he said
According to the governor elect, the last Saturday’s governorship election clearly showed the willingness of the people of the state for a better government and governance, saying, his victory could best be described as the will of the people.
“My good people of Oyo state, God does not act in a vacuum and he has made everything to perfection. And this is the reason why we are gathered here today. We give Him the Glory. The political struggle of the past few weeks by the people of Oyo state, particularly the elections which took place on Saturday leading to my being elected as your next Governor come May, 29, this year, reminds me of the Agbekoya struggle of 1968.”
The governor elect added, ” I compare the two historical events because while the original Agbekoya struggle of 50 years ago was a peasant revolt that kicked against high taxation and tariffs, particularly of farmers by the powers that be, the Satruday’s voting pattern, clearly showed your dogged determination inspite of spirited efforts to frustrate you.”
Speaking on the killing of the member of House of Representatives representing Lagelu/ Akinyele Federal constituency, Honourable Temitope Olatoye, the governor elect said the
“needless bloodletting, maiming and killings of members of parties which led to the death of a federal legislation, Him. Temitope Olatoye and some others was an unfortunate sent on our democracy. I assure the families involved that they will not die in vain.”
“In your valour you stood up against what you perceived to be the mismanagement of your common patrimony brought about collusion wihr forces outside our shores to fleece our treasury among other obvious misdemeanours.
Insisting that Honourable Olatoye and others who lost their lives during the election will not die in vain, he lauded those who contributed to the success among whom are ex-governor Rasidi Ladoja, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and Barrister Sharafadeen Alli.
“The making of history is usually decided by wise men who volunteer to operate from behind the scene. High Chief Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan and former Governor of Oyo state together with Senator Olufemi Lanlehin of the ADC, Barrister Sharafadeen Alli of the ZLP, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde of the SDP, Senator Monsurat Summonu and others who decided to relegate their own ambitions to support me for the greater good of the masses.
“Posterity will forever paint their names in gold. I must also not forget to mention the roles of our national leaders and all members of our great party, PDP. My gratitude are eternal.
“I thank you once again for entrusting me with your mandate. Thank you and God bless you all”.
The press conference was attended by other PDP stalwarts including his Deputy, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, Senator-elect for Oyo South District, Dr. Kola Balogun, Alhaja Modinat Adedibu, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, condemned the spate of violence during the election.