Traditional rulers in the state, led by the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, the Deputy Chairman of the State Council of Obas, Oba Francis Alao, who is the Olugbon of Orile Igbon and the Okere of Saki, promised to work tirelessly for the governor’s re-election on Friday.
The royal fathers who gathered at the House of Chiefs Secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan, praised the governor for delivering good governance, constructing infrastructure, and defending the interests of the state’s residents.
The Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Lateef Adebimpe, who spoke on behalf of the Olubadan; the Okere of Saki; and the Olugbon of Ile Igbon, Oba Fransis Alao, all praised the governor for his “massive achievements” in office in less than three years.
The Obas said in a statement issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, that the governor had done so well in less than four years in office.
Mr Bayo Lawal, acting governor of Oyo State, who received the royal fathers on Makinde’s behalf, praised the royal fathers’ resolve to support the continuation of “good works being done by the governor,” promising that the administration would not relent in delivering good governance to the state.
The Olubadan insisted that the people of Ibadan appreciated “the good works of Governor Makinde, who is a true son of the soil.” He should be allowed to serve another term.”
The Obas were convinced that convening the meeting “to appreciate the governor and declare our support for him,” according to the Olugbon of Orile Igbon.
“Before I became king, I was an accountant,” he explained. With my accounting knowledge, I am aware of the economic challenges that our country is facing, and I am aware that doing what the current government has done in Oyo State requires a good leader, a prudent and skilled administrator.
“While we are aware that governors in other states owe workers’ salaries, Governor Makinde does not owe civil servants.” Not only that, but he pays his salary and pension on the 25th of each month. I want everyone here to understand that we are not here to discuss politics, but rather to discuss reality.
“We are not motivated by emotions or sentiments, but by Governor Makinde’s outstanding performance.” So, we can assure you that we will work tirelessly for the governor’s re-election in 2023. God will assist you, and we will provide you with the necessary assistance.
“So, acting Governor, we are informing you and sending you to the Governor that we, as Obas, will support your administration in continuing the good work you are doing.”
The Okere of Saki stated that the Oyo State Council of Obas felt they should all come to appreciate the governor on a larger scale because Oyo State had seen tremendous progress under this administration.
“As traditional rulers, we have come to appreciate the governor for his unprecedented achievements in the state, and we want him to continue what he began three years ago,” he said.
“We, the people of Oyo State, will re-elect the governor by the special grace of God.” The truth is that there are numerous projects that need to be completed, and we believe that someone like him would deliver because he can be trusted.
“Before now, when we came to Ibadan from Oke Ogun, we used to come with two different outfits because of the road situation, but now, the Moniya-Iseyin road was fixed less than a year after Makinde took office.”
The acting Governor thanked the monarchs for their support for the Makinde administration and stated that the governor was aware of the challenges that each zone faced and promised to address them.
He also stated that he would relay the Okere’s concerns about The Chiefs Law to his principal and that any necessary changes would be made.