The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, claims that by winning reelection, he has removed the obstacle standing in the way of the state’s youth realizing their full potential.
This was said by Makinde during his speech after winning re-election on Tuesday in Ibadan’s Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort, Akanran.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Makinde the winner of the March 18 governorship election in Oyo State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) (INEC).
Chief Dotun Sanusi, a billionaire businessman, hosted the victory celebration at the mini stadium of his sprawling Ilaji Hotels and Sport Resort.
The governor said that his re-election was aided by certain circumstances, coupled with his sterling performance in office.
Makinde assured the people of the state that his administration would not discriminate on the basis of religious, ethnicity and political affiliations in the distribution of democratic dividends to them.
The governor, who thanked Sanusi for organising the mega party, appreciated other critical stakeholders that ensured his electoral victory in 31 of the 33 local government areas of the state.
Makinde said that the level of political education of the electorate was high and the people did not allow godfathers to dictate to them.
According to him, the campaign is now over, and It is time to forge ahead.
“The task ahead is to continue the the good work and take our people from poverty to prosperity.
‘We will not discriminate against those who did not support us This will be a government for the people of Oyo State and the progress of Oyo State.”
They governor said that they were building a state where everyone would have opportunities, irrespective of the son of whom they are.
He said that young ones could now attain whatever position they desired.
“I want our youngsters to take notice of this. There is no more glass ceiling in Oyo State. Seyi Makinde has broken all glass ceiling.
“I have broken the glass ceiling for the youngsters in the state. Our young ones can now attain whatever position they desire,” he said
Sanusi, in an interview with journalists, narrated how he turned down offers to support Atiku Abubakar against the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu and Makinde as governor of the state.
“I was called to support Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate during the presidential election, but I insisted on supporting Sen. Bola Tinubu of APC who is now the President-Elect.
“I also stood my ground that I would support Makinde’s re-election. They said Makinde will not win because he refused to support Atiku.
“But I was sure he would emerge because his performance was unprecedented during his first term as the governor of the state,” he said.
NAN reports that the event featured prayer sessions for Oyo State and Nigeria by the various religious groups present as well as acrobatics performance by some students on Makinde’s personal scholarship.
Among those in attendance were leadership of the various religious groups, traditional rulers, traders, artisans, people living with disabilities, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) leaders, trado-medical practitioners and ace entertainers.(NAN)