Makinde, Wife, PDP Chieftains, Others Attend Victory Thanksgiving Service
The Executive Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, has declared that he will work harder to bring more benefits to the people of the state in his second term of office.
The governor, who urged residents of the state not to entertain any fears about his performance in the second term, said that he had prayed to God that if he would not leave a good legacy, God should not allow him to win re-election.
He added that his victory is a divine intervention and an urge to do more.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor stated this on Sunday, during a Thanksgiving Service in respect of his re-election, held at the Living Spring Chapel International, Ibadan.
The statement noted that the service was attended by chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), top government functionaries and 28 member of the Oyo State House of Assembly elected on the ticket of the PDP in the March 18 Governorship and House of Assembly elections.
While speaking, the governor said that the members-elect had all come to show appreciation to God. He expressed his appreciation to the church of God for its support and prayers.
He said: “On behalf of all of us, I want to say thank you to the church, especially my brothers and sisters in Living Spring Church.
“Our presiding pastor here is also one of the fathers of the faith. During the 2018/2019 crossover night, I was anointed on this altar, he prayed for me and I won the election. Not up to eight months as the governor of this state, the COVID-19 pandemic came and I was part of the first set that contracted it. I thought it was going to take my life but everybody rose, kept praying for me and God answered the prayers. So, I thank you all once again for your support.
“You would have observed that, during our electioneering period, I used to conclude the activities with a song that goes thus: ‘oro wa o gbéjo wewe, ka sa ma dupe lo to,’ meaning “we don’t need to engage in long talks; we are only supposed to give thanks.
“I can liken my re-election victory to a ‘divine journey’ and I can explain. I am not INEC and did not fix the date for the election but I tagged the second term Omituntun 2.0. The election that brought me in took place on the 9th of March, 2019. And they fixed the one for 2023 for the 11th of March, 2023,” Makinde added.
Earlier, the presiding pastor of the Living Spring Church, Pastor Femi Emmanuel, offered prayers to God for the success of the governor and his team in the second term.
He told the congregation that the victory recorded by Governor Makinde was beyond the power of man, adding that it was the first time an overwhelming majority of Oyo people agreed to vote for one candidate.