Killings dent on our democracy - PDP Oyo governor-elect Makinde

Killings dent on our democracy - PDP Oyo governor-elect Makinde

- The governor-elect of Oyo has described the death of a federal legislator, Olatoye Temitope Sugar, and some others as an unfortunate dent on Nigeria's democracy

- Makinde said his victory in the just concluded election has showed the people’s dogged determination

- The governor-elect, however, assured the people that all the promises made during the campaigns will be kept

Oyo state governor-elect, Seyi Makinde of PDP, on Monday, March 11, condemned what he described as needless and killing of members of the opposition parties, saying it is an ‘unfortunate dent on Nigeria's democracy’.

Makinde who spoke during a press congress in his Ikolaba residence said his victory showed the people’s dogged determination in spite of spirited efforts to frustrate them, The Nation reports.

He assured the people of the state that all the promises made during the campaigns will be kept.

He said: “The political struggle of the past weeks by the people of Oyo state, particularly the elections which took place Saturday leading to my being elected as your next governor come May this year, reminds me of the Agbekoya struggle of 1968.

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“I compare the two historical events because while the original Agbekoya struggle of 50 years ago was a peasant revolt that kicked against high taxation and tariffs, particularly of farmers by the powers that be, Saturday’s voting pattern, clearly showed your dogged determination in spite of spirited efforts to frustrate you.

“The needless bloodletting, maiming and killings of members of opposition parties which led to the death of a federal legislator, Hon Olatoye Temitope Sugar and some others were unfortunate dent on our democracy. I assure the families involved that they will not die in vain.

“In your valor you stood up against what you perceived to be mismanagement of your common patrimony brought about by collusion with forces outside of our shores to fleece our treasury, among other obvious misdemeanors."

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According to him, it is time to move forward and for him to fulfill his campaign promises. He promised the people that he will not disappoint them.

“You also made it easier for us by voting in majority of our legislators which means that we can push through, without ado, all of our people oriented policies particularly in critical sectors of education, health and job creation," he added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Adebayo Adelabu, candidate of the APC, and his African Action Congress counterpart, Akinwale Laosun, congratulated Seyi Makinde of the PDP who was declared the winner of the governorship election in Oyo state.

Makinde was declared winner of the poll after scoring the highest number of votes in the election conducted. Makinde scored 525,621 votes to beat Adelabu who scored 357,982.

Laosun while speaking through his campaign office urged the governor-elect to make sure he serves the people of the state by bringing free education, youth employment, good and affordable health care to the residents.

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