Oyo governor, Seyi Makinde, has urged remaining members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state to embrace genuine reconciliation ahead of the 2023 general election.
Makinde made the appeal during his remarks at the 2021 Christmas Carol Service and Nine Lessons, which was organized by the state government on Sunday in Ibadan.
The governor, who read the Ninth lesson of the Bible from Isaiah chapter 9, verses 6 to 7, urged all disgruntled members of his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to embrace genuine reconciliation in the spirit of the Christmas season.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace,” says Isaiah 9:6-7.
“There shall be no end to the increase of his government and peace, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.” This will be accomplished through the Lord of Hosts’ zeal.”
While promising that his administration will continue to improve governance, Makinde took advantage of the occasion to thank the people of the state for their prayers.
He urged more prayers in the coming year, citing 2022 as the year when political parties will select candidates to run in the general elections in 2023.
The governor stated that it was his administration’s responsibility to ensure that the state’s resources were well-managed.
Some people, he said, were missing the point when they criticized some of his development projects as having misplaced priorities, such as the independent power project (IPP).
“Oyo State will have its own IPP, and from that proof of concept, we will gradually expand it to industries and households.”
“Also, a few critics questioned why we are connecting zones through road construction rather than street construction.
“Well, for us, we’re opening up places and ensuring that all other areas are also opened and developed so that we don’t choke ourselves due to an inability to expand infrastructure,” he explained.