The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state has described the Governor’s victory at the last election as God’s ordained mandate, saying it is going to be the unifying factor that will put to an end all forms of grievances among all aggrieved leaders and stalwarts within the party.
The party, while also congratulating the deputy governor, Barrister Bayo Lawal, and all the 28 newly elected and reelected lawmakers on the platform of the ruling party, noted that politics remains an absolutely local affair anywhere it is being practiced in the world.
A press statement by the Publicity Secretary of PDP in Oyo state, Akeem Olatunji, on behalf of the party, reassured the people of Oyo state of more good times ahead in the next four years.
The party commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for introducing measures that improved the credibility of the electoral process which has further improved the confidence of Nigerians in the Commission’s ability to deepen democracy in Nigeria given the needed resources.
While describing Makinde’s landslide victory in no fewer than 31 out of the 33 local government areas in the state on March 18 guber election as an all time record in the history of elections in the state, the ruling PDP added that the result was a clear testament of Makinde’s undisputable achievements in less than four years.
Olatunji maintained that contrary to political speculations and permutations in different quarters about some zones being stronghold of different political parties or not, the electorates have strongly proven that any governor with the people at the centre of all policies and programs will also enjoy electoral support from the masses.
Olatunji who dedicated the party’s victory to the people of Oyo state as the heroes of the March 18 guber election, explained further that regardless of the internal issues within the ruling party, the people of Oyo state have expressed an overwhelming confidence in the PDP led government under the leadership of Governor Makinde through the ballots on March 18.
He added that the party does not take such unprecedented and overwhelming support of the people for granted and will ensure dividends of democracy continue to reach the common man at the grassroots via people centered and oriented government policies and programs.
According to the press statement, the ruling party reaffirmed the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde as the overall leader of PDP in Oyo state and the entire south west Nigeria by provisions of the party’s constitution while urging aggrieved leaders in the party to join hands with the governor to make the party more united and formidable.
“Yesterday’s presentation of Certificate of Return to the people’s governor and friend of the masses, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde and his copilot, Barrister Bayo Lawal, as well as the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Adebo ogundoyin, and other 27 elected and re-elected House of Assembly Members validates the unflinching support of the good people of Oyo state for the present government.
“This is indeed a clear testament to the saying that indeed, one good turn truly deserves another. This unprecedented landslide electoral victory to us in Oyo state PDP means alot and we do not take the people’s support for our party and government for granted.
“We urge all aggrieved leaders in the state to note that it pleases God to entrust the leadership of our great party, the PDP in Oyo state and the entire south west Nigeria, to the care of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, who has continued to make us proud in all fronts. They should therefore, genuinely return home to make the party more united and formidable.
“Governor Makinde has rebuilt PDP in Oyo state into a legacy we are all proud to call our own. We owe it a duty therefore, not only to our great party but to the people of Oyo state whose hope of economic revival and sustained accelerated development being championed by our own God’s sent man, rest solely as clearly evident in the outcome of the last election.
“We can not afford to disappoint the people who have willingly handed our party another four years of leadership as government to pilot the affairs of the state. While assuring His Excellency, Governor Makinde of the party’s unalloyed loyalty and support for the present government under his watchful leadership, the PDP in Oyo state also wishes to celebrate and congratulate all party members and various political support groups spread across the 33 local government areas of the state.