Gov Seyi Makinde, on Sunday, September 5, stated that he is praying to God and awaiting His direction on his 2023 re-election bid.
Makinde, who disclosed this during the 2021 Hijrah luncheon held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, declared that 2023 belonged to God and that His will prevail in his political adventure.
The governor stated that he had observed that some of his supporters had started campaigning for his re-election “with the insignia of 4 + 4.
“Please let us go back to God. I did not tell the people in 2019 that I must be a governor at all costs.
“The prayer I prayed to God was to allow His will prevail. So, I am saying it again,” Makinde said.
He also urged people to always factor in God into whatever they do; irrespective of their religious inclination.
Makinde promised to ensure that his administration would continue to balance political appointments; between Christians and Muslims in the state.
“I have reappointed seven commissioners and for the remaining 10, it will be a balanced appointment.
“On LAUTECH, we have done our best, I, a Christian from PDP and Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, a Muslim from another party. We were able to work together and resolve the issue within a year or so,” Makinde stated.
The governor reiterated his administration’s determination to re-double its efforts; to ensure the state’s progress and development.
In his sermon at the event, Prof. Daud Noibi said that the 2021 Hijrah celebration was the first of its kind, saying it was a day of joy for all Muslims in the state.
Noibi expressed appreciation to the governor for making the luncheon possible; and also assured him that the Muslim community in the state would continue to support his administration.
The President of the League of Imams in the Southwest, Edo, and Delta, Alhaji Daud Akinola, said the luncheon was a unique one for the Muslim community in Oyo.
Akinola, who was represented by Sheik Najimudeen Alkubroh, said that the governor had won the hearts of all Muslim faithful in the state because of the tremendous developmental projects being executed by his administration.