The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, has hailed Gov. Seyi Makinde over his re-election as the Governor of Oyo state and urged him not to toil with the support granted him for a second term.
Balogun stated this on Monday in a statement in Ibadan, describing Makinde’s win as a reward for keeping faith in his covenant with the masses. He encouraged him to work harder so that the people of the state would not feel disappointed.
He claimed that the outcome of the election was a reflection of the people’s faith in the governor, which he had gained through his first term of public service.
Olubadan said: “There is always the tendency for the second timer to be lethargic, because there’s nothing to aspire for again, at least, at the state level.
“But, I appeal to you to see the new mandate as a call to do more in terms of service delivery.
“The confidence reposed in you by the people who voted for you is hinged on hope for more dividends of democracy by your government.
“In your inner recess, I implore you to cast your mind back to some of the issues raised as criticisms by your opponents during the electioneering and do something about them.
“Not all of them were political propaganda or mere attempts to demarket you and your administration, but very germane and crucial to good governance.
“Let the generality of the people of the state remain your focus in the emerging new dispensation and in doing that play less emphasis on party politics.
“Keep open arms and embrace all for the overall growth and development of the state.
“You can’t do all, but, let it be said of you at the end of another four years that you did your possible best and let people of the state remain proud of the choice made in you.”
Speaking further, Balogun appealed for support from all quarters, stressing that with the elections over, politics should take a backseat, he said, and everyone should work together to create a more prosperous state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Makinde as the winner of Saturday’s gubernatorial poll.
Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, polled 563,756 votes to beat his close rival Teslim Folarin of All Progressive Congress who scored 256,685 votes, while Adebayo Adelabu of the Accord Party scored 38,357 votes.
Makinde won 31 out of the 33 local government areas in the state.