Story By Akinola Emmanuel, May 4, 2021
Engr. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has hinted that the distractions created by the opposition elements in the State would not stop his administration from delivering on good governance in Oyo State.
The governor, who stated this at a Ramadan lecture, organized by Hon. Abdullah AbdulRasaq Ademola (Omo Sheu), representing Ibadan South-East 1 State constituency at Elekuro Ibadan, added that his government would not deviate from its promise of promoting the tenets of democracy and actualization of people-centered programmes.
Makinde, who was represented by the Chairman, Pacesetter Transport Company, Prince Dare Adeleke, urged the people of Oyo State to use the month of Ramadan to pray for the success of his administration and an end to insecurity in the country.
“God has blessed us with the month of Ramadan to ask for those things that are crucial to our existence, the first should be the progress of our State, while we also pray for the country to overcome insecurity.
“It is my belief that God Almighty will not desert us and our prayers are heard, let us keep the tempo of our prayer up, it shall be well in Allah’s name.
“The ranting of the opposition elements in the State however should not be seen as anything serious that can distract us, we are resolute to deliver on our campaign promises and those are the major pacts we made with the people, we will not let them down, we will not allow the noise of distractors get to us.”
The lecture was attended by leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, political appointees , members of the State House of Assembly, party supporters and hundreds of Islamic faithful, who stormed the 4th Annual Ramadan Lecture.
The programme was organized under the Jamuhiyat Allahu Rasaq Islamic Society of Nigeria, JARIS was almost turned into a political rally of sort as political leaders took turns to eulogize the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde and his sterling achievements since taking over in 2019.
While addressing the gathering, the Oyo State Deputy Speaker, Hon Muhammad Fadeyi, assured that the 9th Oyo Assembly will continue to give necessary legislative support to all the programmes and policies of Governor Seyi Makinde, which he said are geared towards enhancing the living standard of the people of the State.
Fadeyi described Hon Abdullah AbdulRasaq as a great grassroot mobilizer, who has continued to keep in touch with the people of his Constituency.
While speaking at the Ramadan Lecture, the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun condemned in strong terms, those politicizing the issue of security in Oyo State, adding that the Government at the center has failed in the area of protecting the lives and properties of the citizenry.
According to him, Governor Seyi Makinde is unrelenting in his resolve to actualize his four points development agendas which are Health, Education, Security and Expanded Economy.
Other Guests including the Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Tourism and Culture, Hon Ademola Ige charged the people of Ibadan South East to remain united in order to consolidate on the gains of the party in future election.
In his Lecture, Fadilat Sheikh Ishaq Olawoye Tihamiy, said Ramadan is a period for true Muslims to renew their faith in Allah.
The Guest Speaker said the encomiums showered on Governor Seyi Makinde and Hon Abdullah AbdulRasaq Ademola (Omo Sheu) were well deserved, noting that the State lawmaker took after his late Father, Sheikh AbdulRasaq whose life impacted thousands of people spiritually in Nigeria and abroad.
In his address, Hon Abdullah AbdulRasaq Ademola said the program was meant to identify with thousands of Islamic faithfuls in his constituency, as well as to promote and showcase the laudable achievements of the PDP in Oyo State under Governor Seyi Makinde.
He prayed to Allah to ease the task of governance for the Governor, who he said has become the beautiful bride in the South West.
Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly at the event include Hon. Saminu Gbadamosi, Hon. Ademola Popoola, Hon. Akeem Obadara, Hon. Sola Owolabi, Hon. Ayo Fatokun and Hon. Akeem Adedibu as well as the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, Dr. Abdul Wasiu Musah.
The Ramadan lecture was also witnessed by the Oyo State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin , the Executive Secretary, state primary care, Dr Muhideen Olatunji , vice chairman board of culture and tourism, Mogaji Abass Oloko and other political office holders.