The Peoples Democratic party (PDP) governorship candidate in Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday made a special pledge to traditional rulers in the state.
He said if voted in as governor in the March 2 election, his administration will give due honour and constitutional entitlements to traditional rulers in the state.
He gave the assurance during his campaign in Igbeti and other communities in Oke-Ogun area of the state.
During his visit to the palace of the Afasegbejo of Igbeti, Oba Emmanuel Oyebisi, Makinde said nothing has changed since he came to seek their votes four years ago. He promised to correct all anomalies and ensure that the lives of the people of the state change for the better.
His words: “Four years ago, I visited you soliciting for your votes to become governor of the state, this is God’s time and his time is the best.
“There is nothing I told you four years ago that is not still relevant today and the two vocal things were poverty in the land, after four years, it seems worse.
“The second thing I mentioned is the entitlement of traditional rulers in Oyo State, which is five per cent of the allocation from the local government according to the constitution. The current administration did not do it four years ago and not even ready to do it.
“Today, you have tried the two options. You can attest to situations during PDP administration and the other party. Their style is to feed fat first without considering the fate of the masses.
“We are here today to appeal to you to vote PDP government back to power in Oyo State. From our presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, our senatorial candidate, House of Representatives, myself as gubernatorial candidate and my deputy, Raufu Olaniyan and our candidate for state House of Assembly, kindly support us by convincing your people to vote for us and not sell their votes.
“It is very evident that people want PDP to return to power. We will be grateful if you can support us to achieve this.”
In his response, Oba Oyebisi wished the PDP train success in their tour, intimating them that the people have their right to vote but urged them to eschew violence during their rally.
The monarch urged Makinde, should he win, to direct investments into the town’s heavy deposit of marble in order to improve the economy of the town and create employment for locals. He also called for provision of potable water and citing of a tertiary institution in the town.