No fewer than 2000 women and youths have marched around Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in a solidarity walk to support Governor Seyi Makinde, in the wake of the Appeal Court judgement on the March 9, 2019 Governorship Election.
The protesters under the aegis of five different groups; ‘Save Oyo Group’, ‘Oyo State Women Voice’, ‘Mekunu Koya’, ‘Oyo Mandate’, ‘Oyo Dotun Group’ and ‘Oyo State Youth Grand Alliance’ carried placards, singing various solidarity songs in support of the government. They marched across certain areas in the State before terminating at the Agodi Governor’s Office, Ibadan.
Inscriptions on placards carried by the protesters included, “GSM till 2027”, “In GSM we trust”, “Free Education, Free Health”, “Pensioners and Civil Service Liberators”, “GSM our Saviour” and “GSM, Oyo Stands Behind You,” among other inscriptions.
Addressing the people, Governor Makinde assured them that the mandate given him to serve them was intact and would not be allowed to be taken by any one else.
Appeal for calm
He appealed to the people to remain calm and go about their duties lawfully, saying ”there was no cause for alarm as far as the electoral victory at the 2019 Governorship Poll was concerned.”
He said, “Rest assured, your votes at the election was enormous and gave us victory and since we came to government we have been serving you.”
“They won’t spoil our show. There is nothing that has happened to your mandate. Your mandate is intact. If they claim they have won, why didn’t they report to the Government House this morning?”, Governor Makinde said.
The Governor therefore appealed to citizens to be law abiding, continue in their businesses and places of occupational engagement without any fear because they have no reason to fear, promising his administration’s desire to deliver the dividends of democracy.
Addressing the Governor on the purpose of the solidarity walk, the leader of the group, Mr Kehinde Nojeemdeen, said the ruling of the Appeal Court was wrongly perceived by many people in the State, noting that the opposition party had gone to town with false news.
He restated the firm belief of the people in the Makinde administration, stressing that they would stand by the government.
The leader also seized the opportunity to thank the Governor for all the policies he had introduced, especially in the areas of education and health, adding that the people would not allow the duly elected government be trampled upon by anyone.