Makinde crushes political dynasties  in Oyo State
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Olusesan Laoye

Contrary  to the speculations  that the Oyo State  governorship election would be a neck to neck between  the candidate  of the  Peoples  Democratic  Party (PDP), the incumbent, Engineer Seyi Makinde  and  that of the  All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Teslim Folarin, the result was a rude shock  to pundits and even the entire people of Oyo State.

Governor Makinde, who   was elected  for a second term,  won with a landslide  margin, and and it was a victory that actually saw the fall of notable political dynasties in  Oyo State.

Makinde won in 31 out of the 33 local government in the state, while Folarin who came a distant  second won in only two Local governments.

According to the returning officer in the governorship  election, and the Vice Chancellor  Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU), Ile Ife.  Professor  Adebayo Simeon Banire,  Makinde scored a total vote of 563,756 against that of Folarin of 2256, 685. The difference  is 307,071.

The result, which could not be believed, also dethroned many political bigwigs in their  respective  strong holds, where  it was believed that the incumbent would not  even have any space to breath.

Even  Adebayo  Adelabu of Accord party, who was rated high did not meet the expectations  of the people and followers  as he had only 38, 357 votes.

Before the results  were announced, the INEC Residents Electoral Commission (REC) in Oyo state, Dr. Tella Adeniran pleaded for 30 minutes break.

What the outcome of the election and the surprise meant in Oyo state now, is that Makinde would now ride higher and capitalised  on the victory for a second term. It was also an  indication that would for another four years silence his political detractors.

The result  has  proved those, who ganged-up  against him and thought that the coalition  would humiliate him, wrong, as no one is  sure of what would henceforth, happen to their political  career and  their parties.

But political analysts, believed that for him to have a smooth  ride in his second term he should make friends  with some of the people who may have worked against his second term and should not have the attitude  of the winners take all, which is synonymous  with typical  Nigerian politicians.

Although there were moves  to challenge, the election at the  Tribunal,  Makinde has pledged  to carry everybody along in his second term  in government.

He told journalists  in an interview  after he was declared winner of the governorship election that, “Right now, I am just overwhelmed. I want to thank the good people of Oyo State for the confidence they reposed in this administration and my ability to lead successfully.

“I also want to say thank you to all our friends and my colleagues throughout the country, through one thing or the other that they did for us to support this administration. For me, I think the reward for hard work is more work.

“So, for this second tenure, we will even work harder for the people of Oyo State more than we did during the first tenure.

“The Omituntun 2.0 is a thing that will be a lot better, sweeter and more effective when compared to Omituntun 1.0. So, I just want to say thank you to my leaders, my elders and my supporters. You have done really well. This victory is dedicated to God and the good people of Oyo State.”

Those who could be said to be highly affected among the political bigwigs  in the state, who people believed may have had their dynasties  broken or weakened, are those who strongly backed Folarin as they were  humiliated in their various polling units and local governments.

Adelabu  of the Accord Party,  was defeated  at  his polling  unit, Teslim defeated  at his polling unit ,  High Chief  Ladoja defeated  at his polling  unit  as well,  Omodewu, the APC Chairman  from Otu, itesiwaju LG defeated at polling his unit. Ajimobi’s son, the APC  assembly candidate in Ibadan south  west,   who people thought would carry on with the political dynasty  of his father, the late governor of  the State,  Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, was defeated  at  his polling  unit.

Also, Yemi Aderibigbe  from Akinyele, who said  last Saturday  when the election was shifted,  that APC will  be defeated in  26 LGs  also lost his  polling unit.

Commenting on the outcome and how the police, curtailed, violence  during the election period, the State Commissioner of Police, Adewale William’s told journalists at the INEC office that some hoodlums  who wanted to disrupt  the election were apprehended. He also said that some  people  in  possession  of guns and charms were arrested.

He called on the  people of the State  to remain calm  and should not allow the the euphoria  of the victory  to be cloud them to cause mayhem in the state.

Also the  the commandant of the Civil Defense  Corps  in Oyo State, Mr. M.A. Adaralewa said that the command was vigilant  during the election. He said some trouble  makers were arrested  and called on all the losers  to accept the result in good  faith and not resolve to violence.

Meanwhile  the polling agent  for the PDP and governor Makinde, Prof. Nureni Adeniran said,  Makinde’s  victory was well deserved.

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