Congratulatory messages are still pouring in for Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, whose election was affirmed by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The latest is from the Oyo State indigenes in the United Kingdom. In a statement issued on Thursday in London, the indigenes, through their Chairman, Mr Ademola Alalade, described the judgment as an indication of the reaffirmation of the people’s wish.
The group called on Oyo people to cooperate fully with the Makinde’s administration so as to be able to reap the dividends of democracy, and urged the governor to see this victory as God divined and use it to facilitate development in Oyo state.
It also promised to offer full support to Makinde’s administration in the area of promoting culture and tourism to boost the economy of the state.
In a related development, the Executive Chairman of the BCOS, Prince Dotun Oyelade, has described the judgement of the apex court as face saving development for the opposition all Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
According to him, “whatever remained of the political strength of the APC in Oyo State and it’s candidate in the 2019 Governorship election would have been totally decimated if the Supreme Court had ordered a re-run of that election as the APC had hoped.”
“The Apex Court verdict affirming the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde of the People’s Democratic Party PDP was thus a face saving development for the opposition party and it’s candidate, Prince Adabayo Adelabu,” he added.
Oyelade who expressed those views members of the Oyo State Mandate Group paid him a visit in his office as part of felicitations over Makinde’s victory at the apex court, maintained that “the popular will of the people would have prevailed again as Governor Makinde would have won another landslide victory in an even higher proportion had there been a re-run.”
The BCOS boss, according to a statement issued by the Head, Public Relations Unit, BCOS Ibadan, Olamide Olofinyo, added that the verdict of the Apex Court has further saved the masses and the good people of Oyo State the trauma of seeing their mandate freely given to Makinde compromised, while also averting the stress of going through an unnecessary re-run election.