By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan
The Oyo State Governor-Elect of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has assured the people of the state that all the promises he made during the campaigns would be kept.
Mr. Seyi Makinde stated this while presenting a thank-you address to the people of the state at a press conference held in his Ikolaba, Ibadan residence on Monday.
Attended by party leaders, some elected lawmakers and hundreds of party supporters, the briefing afforded him the opportunity to speak with the people as he likened his victory at Saturday’s polls to the success of the Agbekoya struggle of 1968.
“The political struggle of the past 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 this year, reminds me of the Agbekoya struggle of 1968,” he said.
“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, Saturday’s voting pattern, clearly showed your dogged determination in spite of spirited efforts to frustrate you.”
“In your valor you stood up against what you perceived to be mismanagement of your common patrimony brought about by collusion with forces outside of our shores to fleece our treasury, among other obvious misdemeanors,” he said.
Made the job easier
While appreciating former governor Rashidi Ladoja, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, Sharafadeen Alli, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde and Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, among others who sacrificed their own ambition and supported him, the incoming governor said the people had made the job easier by voting in majority of the party’s candidates as legislators in the state House of Assembly.
“You also made it easier for us by voting in majority of our legislators which means that we can push through, without ado, all of our people oriented policies particularly in critical sectors of Oyo Governor-Elect solicits support of Citizens, health and job creation.”
The governor-elect condemned the violence that erupted during the elections.
He declared thus:”The needless bloodletting, maiming and killings of members of opposition parties which led to the death of a Federal Legislator, Hon. Olatoye Temitope Sugar and some others, was an unfortunate dent on our democracy. I assure the families involved that they would not die in vain.”
Makinde solicited the support of Oyo State citizens in order to jointly move the state forward.
He reiterated that unity is a necessary tool for progress in the state.
He said it is now left for people to cooperate with him to move the state forward together and for him to fulfil his campaign promises to the people by taking realistic decisions together with the people.
He promised not to disappoint the people that elected him into office adding that he was not elected as a compensation for anything but to fulfil the dream of a better life for people of the state with the help of God.