Don’t Die For Politicians, Makinde Says As He Attends Wedding Of Fayose’s Son

A photo combination of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.
A photo combination of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has apparently announced an end to the political difference between him and the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.

Makinde and Fayose had a few months ago locked-horns over the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West region.

Although the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose conceded defeat after his preferred candidate, Eddy Olafeso lost to Taofeek Arapaja who was backed by Governor Maklinde in the April 2021 south-west zonal PDP Congress, there were indications that the party in the zone may not be united.

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But one week to the Special National Convention of the PDP, Governor Makinde, who was a guest at the traditional wedding ceremony of Oluwanigba Fayose, son of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose in Lagos on Saturday, said whatever misunderstanding they have had, has been put behind them.

He also cautioned against politics of bitterness, noting that the presence of the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum and present Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and erstwhile governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni at the wedding, should serve as a lesson to Nigerians.

“If you look at the former governors in Ekiti State – Governor Segun Oni, Governor Ayo Fayose and the incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi, they have governed the state at one time or the other but they were not in the same party. So, those of you who want to die because of us politicians, be careful,” Makinde said, according to a statement signed by his spokesperson, Taiwo Adisa.

“Politics is not something that should cause anybody to lose his or her life. We are moving towards the electioneering period, and I just want to use this opportunity to appeal to you all.

“If you also look at this marriage, the bride and groom are from Christian and Muslim families. So, people who also want to always fight on religious grounds should have a rethink.”

Makinde Denies Plans To Dump PDP, Join Presidential Race

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on October 21, 2021.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday denied plans to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, he stated that he has no intention to contest for the office of the president or vice president in the coming general elections.

“No, no. People easily forget how we got to where we are right now,” said the governor who insisted that he has no plans to join the presidential race. “For this republic, there has been President Obasanjo, President Yar’Adua, President Goodluck Jonathan, and now President Buhari.

“All of them, if you look at them, they were called. Some stakeholders got together and said, ‘look at this particular time, this is who we really want to use.”

According to Governor Makinde, President Buhari had vowed not to contest for presidency after he lost to former President Jonathan in 2011, but some stakeholders later endorsed him in 2015.

 

‘Get Things Right’

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Ahead of the general elections, he believes his party possesses people whom he describes as eminently qualified candidates to govern the country.

The governor identified some of them as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, among others.

For the PDP, he revealed that the focus of the party was on conducting a successful national convention.

“What is important at this stage, which I will solicit the support of PDP members and the generality of Nigerians, is please support us to have a successful national convention.

“There is no way you can become President, Vice President, even governors if you don’t have a party. So what we want to do first is to ensure that we get things right,” said Governor Makinde.

Oyo Governor Appoints Segun Ogunwuyi As New Chief of Staff

Segun Ogunwuyi

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has appointed Segun Ogunwuyi as his Chief of Staff.

According to a letter signed on Monday, July 5 by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Olubamiwo Adeosun, Ogunwuyi’s appointment is with immediate effect.

Ogunwuyi, was in 2019, named Executive Assistant to the Governor on Investment.

He was later appointed Director-General of the Oyo State Investment and Public, Private Partnership Agency (OYSIPPPA), following the passage of the law setting up the agency.

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As the DG of OYSIPPA, Ogunwuyi’s midwife series of Investment initiatives including the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA), has helped the state in the execution of critical infrastructure projects.

Ogunwuyi, a former member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, was in 2015, elected as the member representing Ogbomoso North/South and Oriire Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

He holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Igangan Attack: Oyo Govt Appeals For Calm

Governor Seyi Makinde calls for calm following the recent attacks and killings in Igangan on June 5, 2021.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has appealed for calm following reports of Saturday’s attacks on the people of Igangan, in Ibarapa Local Government Area of the state.

The governor, who was briefed about the situation in the early hours of Sunday, said he was shocked to receive the reports of the attacks.

He, however, appealed for calm, adding that security operatives have been deployed to take control of the area.

This is the latest in the series of attacks that have occurred recently in Igangan community.

The community has been in the spotlight over clashes erupting between farmers and herders, resulting in deaths and injuries.

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According to the Police 11 persons including some of the assailants were killed in the midnight invasion.

Several vehicles and buildings including the palace of the Asigangan of Igangan town and a filling station were also burnt down by the gunmen.

The police spokesman, Wale Osifeso, said the assailants attacked the area with dangerous weapons but a combined team of the police, hunters and vigilantes were able to beat back the criminals.

This attack comes days after Governor Makinde visited the area and held a town hall meeting with members of the community.

Twitter Is A Source Of Livelihood For Youths, Makinde Appeals To FG To Reverse #TwitterBan

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has urged the Federal Government to reverse its suspension of the microblogging site, Twitter, noting that the platform is a source of livelihood for many Nigerian youths.

The governor in a statement on Saturday said Twitter is not only a communication tool but an application used by brands for the visibility of their products and services.

“We should also remember that Twitter has gone beyond a source of communication for many of our hardworking youths in Nigeria. It has become a source of livelihood for many, irrespective of their political affiliations or religious leanings. Nigerian youths and digital communications organisations earn a living from being able to use the platform to post communications on behalf of their clients.

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“Others who may not have physical stores also rely on Twitter to give visibility to their products and services,” he said.

The governor urged leaders to shun emotional reactions noting that Twitter is a platform Nigerians use to exercise their fundamental right.

“As leaders, we should go beyond emotional reactions to issues and think about how our actions will affect the people we lead and our international ratings socially and economically.

“Twitter has become the platform for young people and indeed all Nigerians to exercise their fundamental right to express and publish an opinion. They use the platform to complain, argue and give feedback to government and its agencies who in turn, use these to improve policies.”

According to the governor, this is a fundamental point that should be kept in mind as we debate the necessity of this suspension.

He called on the Federal Government to show an active interest in how certain their policies and actions affect investor confidence.

 

 

Twitter Suspension

Seyi Makide’s statement is in reaction to the announcement by the Federal Government of Nigeria suspension of Twitter in the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,
announced the suspension in a statement issued by his office in Abuja.

He cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

The Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

Makinde Announces 25% Reduction In LAUTECH Fees

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde while addressing LAUTECH students at an auditorium in the institution on June 1, 2021.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has announced a 25 percent reduction in the tuition fees payable by students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

The governor made the announcement on Tuesday during an interaction with the students in Ogbomoso.

While making the announcement, the governor said the reduction would cut across all students irrespective of their statuses and indigenity.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde while addressing LAUTECH students at an auditorium in the institution on June 1, 2021.

 

He quoted Makinde as saying that he was thankful to the students for according him a warm reception despite the impromptu nature of his visit.

He also stated that he was happy to fulfill the promise of securing the sole ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo State.

“I am glad to be back among you. After the 2019 election, I should have returned to say thank you to you but I didn’t want to come until I fulfill what I promised you, which is the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State.

“Let me tell you, the LAUTECH fee is still the lowest in the entire South-West. Having said that, I will reduce your fee across the board; whether indigenes or non-indigenes, even new students. There will be a reduction of 25 percent across the board,” the governor said.

The governor also inaugurated a High Dependency Unit of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and said that his administration would construct a befitting flyover in Ogbomoso.

He also reassured the re-engaged 170 staff of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital who were relieved of their employment by the previous administration that the current government will pay their five months salary arrears.

LAUTECH students present a gift to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde during his visit to the institution on June 1, 2021.

The governor said a four-year programme in LAUTECH will not be turned to eight years again.

“Again, if you remember, during my electioneering campaign in 2019, I promised you that we will fix U-Under-Stadium road so that none of our students will get killed on the main road. Now, the road is fixed and you have the street light installed. The securing of the sole ownership of the University means never again will a four-year programme turn into an 8-year programme in LAUTECH,” Makinde said.

 

 – Dissolving LAUTECH Joint-Ownership –

The state governors of Osun and Oyo states in November agreed to dissolve the joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) and Ladoke Akintola College of Health.

LAUTECH’s ownership was then transferred to the government of Oyo State while the College of Health’s ownership was transferred to the government of Osun State.

The decision according to Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Abubakar Rasheed was taken after extensive deliberations, negotiations and consultations

Oyo State Governor Makinde has since made moves for the institution to be a conventional university.

Following the signing of the LAUTECH, Ogbomoso 2020 Bill into law, the state plans to apply to necessary authorities to change the university from a technology university to a conventional university so that it could be strengthened and enabled to handle other courses outside the technology bracket.

Makinde Swears In 32 Newly Elected LG Chairmen In Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde speaks during the swearing-in of the 32 Local Government chairmen in Ibadan, the state capital.

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday swore in 32 newly elected local government chairmen in the state, with a charge for them to replicate people-oriented policies at the grassroots level.

“To the newly elected and sworn-in Local Government Chairmen, let me state that you have the opportunity to deliver good governance to the people of Oyo State,” the governor was quoted as saying via a statement issued by his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa.

“We cannot over-emphasize the importance of governance at the grassroots. The people of Oyo State must feel your presence by way of development and good governance. Just as they are holding me accountable, they will also hold you accountable. I will, therefore, advise that you replicate the good governance initiatives at the state level at the grassroots level.”

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had won all the 32 Chairmanship seats in the local government election held on Saturday.

The oath of office was administered to the chairmen by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Munta Abimbola, at an event attended by top government and party functionaries.

Makinde said that he is confident that the election in the remaining local government, Ido Local Government, where the election was rescheduled because of the missing  Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) logo on the ballot, will be won by the PDP

He maintained that the election held on Saturday was free and fair and that it was in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, adding that the people of the state have elected their representatives.

The governor added, “You are the real winners in this process, as you can rightly say that you have elected your representatives. The process was free and fair and in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“As you may know, the Constitution only allows for the election of officials into the 33 local government areas of the state. Also, the Constitution provides that all registered political parties who field candidates can stand to be elected. And so, having allowed all parties to field candidates, the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has conducted these elections and have declared all 32 candidates here winners in their respective local government areas.

“On this note, I now pronounce the 32 Local Government Chairmen inaugurated to the glory of God and for the benefit of the good people of Oyo State.”

Makinde Hosts Wike, Tambuwal, 12 Other PDP Governors In Oyo

PDP governors meet in Oyo State on May 17, 2021. Credit: @seyiamakinde

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has hosted Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike and other governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governors converged on Monday at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Besides Wike and Tambuwal who is the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, other governors in attendance include Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom).

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Others include Bala Muhammed (Bauchi), Duoye Diri (Bayelsa), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Benedict Ayade (Cross River), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Darius Ishaku (Taraba) and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).

The governors are expected to discuss issues of party politics and the state of the nation with focus on security and economy among other concerns.

Earlier, Governor Makinde announced their arrival via Twitter.

“Pleased to receive and host my brother Governors – Governors Aminu Tambuwal, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Samuel Ortom, Douye Diri, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi – all of our great party, PDP, in Ibadan tonight.

“We are meeting in Ibadan tomorrow, as members of the PDP Governors’ Forum, to discuss party issues as well as issues of national importance including security and the economy.”

Makinde Visits Burnt Auto Spare Parts Market, Pledges Palliatives For Traders

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, visits the razed Araromi Auto Spare Parts Market, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan on April 4, 2021.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has visited the Agodi Gate auto spare parts market in Ibadan which was gutted by fire on Friday.

Several shops and properties were destroyed on April 3 after a fire razed the largest auto parts market in Ibadan and the Araromi market at Agodi Gate.

Traders wailed as the fire which started in the early hours of Saturday raged on for many hours.

But the governor, who inspected the market alongside top government functionaries, expressed shock over the loss of goods worth millions of Naira.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, visits the razed Araromi Auto Spare Parts Market, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan on April 4, 2021.

 

He said he was in the market to assess the extent of damage done by the fire incident, promising that his administration will come to the aid of victims of the inferno by providing palliatives for them.

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“We won’t allow you to bear the brunt alone. So, I will ask the leadership to send your representatives. And by tomorrow (Monday), we will sit together and look at the immediate palliative we can do for you,” Makinde said.

“I greet every one of you here this afternoon. I have seen the extent of destruction and I know how important this market is to the economy of Oyo State.

“I was here during the electioneering and interacted with you. I am still trying to process in my head the way forward but I want to let you know that the government will come to your aid.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, visits the razed Araromi Auto Spare Parts Market, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan on April 4, 2021.

 

“The second thing is, I want all of you to go and think about it very well; is it time for us to move this market to a far more organized setting?

“Please, think about it. Do we need to move this market to a better place that will be more comfortable and spacious for everyone to stay in? It is a decision that we need to all take together because I don’t want any reoccurrence of this in the state.

“And the only way for us to ensure that we don’t witness anything like this again is for us to sit down and think of a solution that will endure.”

Ibarapa Crisis: Oyo Govt Will Not Condone Miscarriage Of Justice, Says Makinde

File photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration will do everything possible to prevent any miscarriage of justice.

He stated this on Monday in reaction to the recent arrest of some members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and an alleged ethnic warlord, Iskilu Wakili, in the Kajola area of Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.

“Let me also talk about the issue of security, which is also germane. I am aware of what is going on at Kajola in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State,” he said.

Governor Makinde, who spoke in Ibadan, appealed to residents of the state to remain calm and to refrain from ethnic profiling.

He noted that the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Ngozi Onadeko, had already given the assurance that a thorough investigation would be conducted into the security situation.

The governor also urged the people to trust in the government, saying it would continue to work in the interest of the people of the state, with a view to ensuring that there was no miscarriage of justice.

He gave an assurance that his administration would do everything within its power to ensure that only those found wanting or those who have broken the law would be dealt with in accordance with the law of the land.

Governor Makinde said, “People should not go into overdrive. I have asked the Commissioner of Police to see me today (Monday) and I have been given the assurance that they will do a thorough investigation into the security situation in the area.

“I also want to appeal to our people to be calm and refrain from ethnic profiling. Let us have trust in the ability and capacity of the people saddled with the responsibility of maintaining law and order within our state.”

“It is the government that we have put in place and it will continue to work in the interest of the people of the state,” he added.

Shasha Crisis: Makinde Approves Immediate Reopening Of Market

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the reopening of Shasha market following the closure of the market.

The decision was reached on Tuesday after a meeting with Shahsha market stakeholders weeks after it was shut down following an outbreak between Hausa and Yoruba communities.

The governor has also ordered the immediate deployment of bulldozers to clear the rubble left in the wake of the crisis.

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The re-opening of the market was agreed on after weeks of extensive deliberations with market leaders from both the Yoruba and Hausa communities who have committed to ensuring peaceful coexistence in the market.

The governor stated that due to the economic situation and the peculiarities associated with the state, he would reopen the market for the traders to continue with their commercial activities.

“If you look at Oyo State, even when the COVID-19 was at its peak, I decided not to shut our market places because I know and also explained to the leadership of the country at the national level that in our state, we have people that the proceeds from what they get today will determine if they will eat tomorrow or not.

“Since peace more or less returned to the market and the community, we have given the go-ahead that the market should be reopened,” the governor said.

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Makinde Denies Dumping PDP

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has denied dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party.

The governor, in a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, described reports of his defection as “a concocted falsehood from purveyors of fake news, who are bent on maligning the governor at all cost.”

“There is a concocted lie doing the rounds about Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State planning to dump the PDP,” he said.

“This is the latest in the rounds of false reports and fake news, weapons which some individuals have employed to wage needless war against the governor.

“It becomes imperative to attack the hydra-headed monster of fake news and false reports and this particular report raised all the red flags of fake news, as it was based on alleged hints from an individual who claimed not to want his name in print.”

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The governor clarified his position on the rumour, saying he had no plan to defect to another party.

Makinde explained that he has remained a strong pillar of the PDP for many years and is already leading the mission for its resurgence in the South-West.

While denying moves to join the Advanced Democratic Congress (ADC), the Oyo governor vowed not to be distracted by the ridiculous lies being circulated by those he described as enemies within and without.