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They Underrated Me, I Defeated Them — Makinde Says End Is Near For Critics


Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, has said that those who underrate him on governance would be silenced by the records of good governance during his administration

Makinde, who stated this while addressing members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during a stakeholders’ meeting of the party at its state secretariat, Molete, Ibadan, added that his administration was bent on delivering good governance to the people of the State.

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He said: “They may insult me that I don’t know anything about governance. They have also said I don’t know politics, yet we defeated them.  I am sure that when we are done with this administration, the people of Oyo State will not want to see them again. Don’t be afraid. Our leaders said that expectations are very high in the society and they have asked how we want to meet up with the expectations. It happened to me as private businessman; I started my company without having money and now I am known all over the world. I am sure that by the time we are done, Oyo State would be known all over Nigeria and all over the world for good governance.”

Makinde had also used the occasion to restate his commitment to agreements made with PDP members and the different political parties who worked for his victory, stating that there were abounding opportunities for everyone to be benefit from government.

He said: “After we were elected, this is the first time that all of us will come together to witness a day like this and it is quite colorful and meaningful. I appreciate you all for your efforts on the success of today’s meeting.

“I have heard some of the challenges you raised from various zones of the state. As PDP, we are meant to take the lion share of the appointments. I can tell you that the appointments that we have made is not up to half of what we are supposed to make. So, there are still many appointments to make. Let me also make it known to us that it is not only through appointments that one can benefit from government. There are many opportunities on ground that you can leverage on through your closeness to this government.

“Truth is, government cannot employ a lot of people. Those who are not with PDP today can later join us if we deliver good governance to the people. If they are truly from Oyo State, we cannot truncate their careers because of political inclination. What is not enough now will be more than enough soon. At least, we have achieved something. We should now be concerned about some steps we need to take to enjoy this government. Don’t let us fight ourselves. At this time, we need to embrace unity of purpose.”

Makinde stressed that his administration has a lot of programmes on the ground, particularly in the area of human capacity development and youth empowerment, noting that the government is toeing the path of a private sector-led economy, because it will be beneficial to the state.

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