Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has assured the people that his government will not marginalise any zone in the State.
The Governor, who stated this while speaking in Ogbomoso, on the occasion of his Sallah visit to Oyo North Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande, assured of his readiness to distribute appointments and other dividends of democracy equitably in the State.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Makinde also declared that his administration would give preference to local contractors in order to ensure that Oyo’s money stays in Oyo.
The statement indicates that the Governor was addressing a crowd of PDP loyalists, who converged on the Soun Ogunlola Hall, Ogbomoso, to receive him.
Disclosing that it was his first visit to Ogbomoso, since his administration was elected, the Governor used the occasion to appreciate the Ogbomoso people for their support for him and his party, the PDP, and prayed that whatever expectation they had of his government would be met.
Quoting Governor Makinde, the statement says, “You will not labour in vain. I know that many people would have begun to look at what they can benefit. I want to assure you that those who worked will benefit. Other people will not reap where you sowed.”
The statement further quotes the Governor as urging party faithful to be patient with his government on the issue of appointments.
He stated: “I know quite well that many people among you have been eager to get appointments from the government. I will just admonish you to be patient as it will soon get to your turn.”
Makinde promised that contracts would be awarded to those who will improve the economy of the State, assuring that indigenous contractors would partake in the running of the affairs of the State.
He said: “Since I assumed office, I have not awarded any contract to anybody but I am promising you that when it is time to award contracts, I will not award contracts to those who will ensure capital flight. We want to develop our local economy and like they say, we want to ensure that Oyo’s money stays in Oyo.”
He stated further that he would run an inclusive government that would carry all and sundry along in decision-making, while allowing the people of the State a voice in the running of its affairs.
The Governor also reiterated the commitment of his administration to running the affairs of the state with the fear of God, assuring that the welfare of the citizens would remain paramount in his decision-making.
Earlier, Hon. Akande-Adeola welcomed the Governor to Ogbomoso, expressing her delight that he could come to felicitate with her and the people of Oyo North Senatorial District, like he did in 2018 before he was elected Governor.
The event had in attendance top government functionaries including the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye; Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Olawale Mogbonjubola; Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mohammed Fadeyi, Majority Leader, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin and other members of the Assembly.
PDP chieftains from the Oyo North Senatorial District who graced the event were: former Chief of Staff to Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Chief Saka Balogun; Chief Jacob Adetoro; Chief Sunday Alabi; Alhaji Yakubu Oladoja; a commissioner-nominee, Mr Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle; a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Jimoh Afees and a former Majority Leader of the House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Okunlade.