The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday emerged as the standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 governorship election in the state.
Makinde, who emerged the winner at the governorship primary election of the party at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, got 1,040 votes out of the accredited votes of 1,048, to beat Hazeem Gbolarumi, who scored two votes.
The returning officer and chairman of the Oyo State PDP Governorship Congress Panel, Senator Ben Obi, who was represented by the Panel’s Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Mai Basira, said that the total votes cast were 1,048, with six of the votes voided.
The governor, in his acceptance speech, said he would continue to fulfil all the promises he made to the people of the state, as well as moving the people from poverty to prosperity.
He said, “A few weeks back, I announced that I would run for a second term and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback I received from everyone, especially you, our delegates.
“Coming here today to witness your endorsement and my election as your standard-bearer in the 2023 election, I can only say thank you.
“Since we took office in 2019, we have kept our promises. We promised to scrap the N3,000 school fees for parents, and we did. We promised the sole ownership of LAUTECH; today, we have it. We promised standard PHCs in each ward, are you seeing them come up or not? We promised to prioritise security, did we not give you Amotekun or not? We promised a robust economy, have we not been paying civil servants consistently?
“We promised to build roads because our infrastructure will target our economy. Moniya-Iseyin road is completed, Oyo-Iseyin road is ongoing. We inaugurated the Ogbomoso-Fapote-Iseyin road recently. The Airport road is there. Awotan-Apete-Akufo road is also there. We built Challenge, Odo-Ona Elewe road to decongest Ring road. Even the stadium we are in used to be a den of armed robbers but is now a sight to behold.
“As long as I remain the governor of Oyo State, I will continue to do all within my power to move the people from poverty to prosperity.
“When they say to you that we are all the same, ask them to compare eight years of APC to three years of PDP in Oyo State. Ask them to compare the economic prosperity of 16 years of PDP to what we have now. They promised to take us from ‘top to bottom’ and, indeed, we are even inside the hole. Tell them PDP is coming at the federal level. We are coming.”