Governor ‘Seyi Makinde recently met with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates for the chairman and vice-chairman positions in the forthcoming Oyo State LGA elections and charged them not to take the electorate for granted before and after the polls. He also pledged his support for all the candidates and told them to leave no stone unturned in making sure they emerged victorious.
In a statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the governor was quoted urging the candidates to ensure adequate service delivery if/when elected.
He said: “As you go into the election, do not take the people for granted. Learn from the mistakes of the past government. Where there are issues, resolve them amicably, so we can all be the winner,” the governor said.
Pastor Oluwole Alawode, the Ibadan South-East LGA candidate addressed journalists after the meeting with the governor on behalf of the other candidates and said they were all ready. He also shared that Governor Makinde had encouraged the candidates to work tirelessly and secure the LGA seats.
He also said that the candidates are all committed to putting in the required work to ensure they all secure victory at the polls, just like PDP worked hard to triumph at the 2019 gubernatorial election in Oyo State.
Pastor Alawode said: “Well, we thank God for today. What the governor discussed with us bothered on why we need to put our house in order and work assiduously to deliver our LGs for the party, just the way we did during 2019 election.”
“We are promising the people of Oyo State that we will deliver dividends democracy to them. We did not fail them in 2019 as we are keeping our promises, and we won’t fail them this time too. So, we promise that if they vote for us and we emerge winners in all the 33 local government areas in the state, by the grace of God, we will do better for the people.”
“Frankly speaking, when it comes to an exercise like this, our governor wants you to be hardworking. He does not want any of us (chairmen of LGs) to show laziness towards achieving this goal. So, that was why His Excellency summoned us for this meeting and made us know that the only thing that can guarantee us success is to work very hard.”
He further added: “He (the governor) also charged us not to just sit back and think that the election is won because the people love the government of the day. Yes, the people love us. Of a truth, the people of the state love us but we must not just think we will leverage on that. The governor said that we still need to make sure we do what is needful, campaign hard and when we get elected into office, we deliver dividends of democracy to the people.”