Governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde has said, “I supported fairness, justice and equity”, while speaking on a radio program on Saturday.
Makinde is one of the G5, a group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors who openly were against the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 449, 884 votes in the presidential election in Oyo state to defeat Atiku who polled 182, 977 votes.
When asked how the figures exceeded that of his party man, Makinde said, “I supported fairness, justice and equity. I supported a united Nigeria, a Nigeria that gives opportunity to every part of this country”.
“He (Tinubu) defeated me out there (Makinde’s ward). How do you deliver your ward? You know, you allow people to express themselves. A lot of our people, that is what they decided to do. They decided that look, we want after 8 years of presidency in the north, they want it to come to the south and this place being southwest, one of theirs was a candidate so they supported one of their own.
“When you go into a contest, you have to situate things appropriately. We had a survey before that election; we knew that a lot of our people are agitating for a country where there is fairness, equity and justice. I pointed it out to our party.
“I am glad that I am a part of a process that redrew the electoral map of Nigeria. That arrogance, I believe with the result of last Saturday’s election is basically behind us. Now we know that people will have to seek for alignment. If you want to rule this country, you are not just going to say oh, because I am from a certain part of this country, then that is the only qualification I require to rule this country. Now, you have to build bridges, reach out to others.”
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