Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Ogbomosoland has risen from a meeting in the historical town, declaring that the Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde, remains PDP’s best choice to fly its flag in the 2023 governorship election.
The stakeholders, who rose from a two-hour meeting at an event centre in Ogbomoso South Local Government Secretariat, Arowomole, on Saturday, February 13, 2021, said Governor Makinde has been fair to Ogbomoso zone with the delivery of democracy dividends; they thereafter resolved that the Governor should be backed to seek re-election in Office.
After the two-hour deliberation, stakeholders including political appointees of Ogbomoso origin, ward Chairmen of the PDP, the Party’s Chairmen in Ogbomoso zone, Local Government Chairpersons, and their counterparts at the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), the gathering resolved to back Governor Makinde for a second term in office.
According to a statement signed by the Chief President to Governor Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Director-General of the Oyo State Public, Private Partnership Agency (OYSIPA), Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi, moved for the endorsement of Governor Makinde for the second term, while the Executive Chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State(BCOS), Prince Dotun Oyelade presided over the voice vote session, where the ‘ayes’ had it.
While speaking, Hon. Ogunwuyi told the gathering that even though human beings are naturally Oliver Twist, the people of Ogbomoso are ready to express appreciation to the Governor for what he has done in the area thus far, adding that Makinde has been fair to the area in terms of appointments.
Hon. George Ogunlade, who spoke on behalf of all the PDP Local Government Chairmen in Ogbomoso zone said the Governor has shown tremendous respect to the Party structure, adding that the PDP has been growing since Engr Makinde’s inauguration as Governor.
Caretaker Chairman of Ogo Oluwa Local Government, Hon. Seun Ojo, who spoke for Chairpersons of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas said the Councils have been busy opening drainages and fixing infrastructure; adding that all the 12 Caretaker Chairmen were in support of another four years for Governor Makinde.
Another stakeholder, a former Commissioner for Finance in the State, Hon. Bayo Bankole, said even though regular payment of salaries is intangible, it means a lot to the economy of the State; adding that: “We really need to support him. I want to urge us to continue with the good works”.
The Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said Governor Makinde has worked conscientiously for the people of Ogbomoso, adding that all the abandoned model Schools in the zone have been fixed by the Governor.
He also said with the sole ownership of LAUTECH, Ogbomoso by Oyo State, and the push to make it a conventional University, the spate of development in the Institution and Ogbomosoland would more than double.
According to him, the addition of Faculties such as Law, Education, Arts, and Social Sciences would neutralize the decision to move the Faculty of Agriculture outside Ogbomoso.
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, who also spoke, said he was happy to serve on the committee that resolved LAUTECH’s lingering issue with Osun State; adding that the State has since discovered that the large expanse of land remaining in the Institution would be put to best use if the School is made a conventional University with the addition of new faculties that would be based in Ogbomoso.
He said the Governor has cleared pension areas of Judicial workers from 2009 to date; adding that the Governor has also taken up significant roads like the Iseyin/Ogbomoso road and the Iseyin/ Oyo road.
Majority Leader of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin, who was also at the meeting said the House would continue to support Governor Makinde because he has been taking decisions in the best interest of the people.
In attendance at the Stakeholders meeting were: Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo; Commissioner for Education, Olasunkanmi Olaleye; BCOS Executive Chairman, Prince Dotun Oyelade, DG OYSIPA, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi; House of Assembly Leader, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin, the 12 Chairmen of Ogbomoso Councils and LCDA Chairpersons; Ward Chairmen of the Party in the 50 wards of Ogbomoso; PDP Chairmen in the five Local Governments; former Chairman of Ogbomoso South Local Government, Hon Felix Akande; former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Alao-Akala, Hon Razak Gbadegesin; former Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Bayo Bankole and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa.
Others include the State Organising Secretary, Hon. Taiwo Alagbe; a member of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Folashade Ajala; a Commissioner of the Local Government Service Commission, Hon John Adisa Oke; the Chief of Staff to the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Leke Gabriel, Hon. Oladoja Agbejinmi; Hon Banji Folaranmi, Elder Abioye Mathew Adegboyega and a host of other Party members.