By Iyabo Adebisi
As members of the 10th National Assembly elect their leaders, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says fairness, justice and equity will be ensured in the election of the leadership of the Senate and the State Houses of Assembly.
He said this during a post inauguration Special Interdenominational thanksgiving service in Ibadan organised by the Oyo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in conjunction with Fathers of Faith in the state held at Oritamefa Baptist Church, Total Garden.
He spoke against the backdrop of ongoing political intrigues among members of the Senate to elect a Muslim Northerner to lead the Red chamber against the choice of the president and all state governors for a Christian Senate President in the interest of religious balancing having had the President and Vice President as Muslims.
Makinde said, “By all means we must guard our democracy, it is still the type of governance where everyone is involved, until you have an outcome, you don’t know what will happen, the People’s will must prevail at the end of the day”.
“We have an assignment, and it is big deal for this country, this time tomorrow the leadership of the National Assembly will be known, we have prayed here, but the reality of our reality is that there are enemy of this country, they believe in sowing seeds of discord, they tried in Oyo State a couple of days before my election, they tried to polarize this state along religious lines, they mobilized Muslims that Seyi is a Christian, don’t vote for him. Of course, in Oyo State, we did not allow them so they went away in shame. And we would do it at the national level as well, tomorrow they will go away in shame”.
“We already have a President that is of Islamic faith, and a Vice president that is of same faith, number three is going to be the Senate President and what we are saying across party lines, all the governors in Nigeria and I am saying it publicly, we came together and said we will support the choice of the President who is a Christian from the South-South region of Nigeria
“We are not playing religious politics, but what is fair is fair, we stood for Southern presidency, we stood for justice, we stood for fairness and we are going to stand for equity.”
“So I will be at the National Assembly tomorrow, even though I wasn’t elected a Senator and I have never been elected one, I will be there with other of my colleagues , we have fixed a meeting for this afternoon, that is why I am not going to stay long , we will go and ensure that principle of fairness, justice and equity prevails in the election of the president of the Senate of the federal Republic of Nigeria” he said.
On the constitution of a new cabinet and appointments into political offices, Governor Makinde said the State House of Assembly will be proclaimed on Wednesday adding that “from that point we can move really fast to then make appointments and get people to start work. By the grace of God we won’t disappoint God and we won’t disappoint you.”
In his brief exhortation, Chairman, Oyo State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle Dr Joshua Akinyemiju described Governor Makinde as a political apostle and a covenant child of God who brought accountability and probity to the governance of Oyo State.
Prayers were offered for the governor and his family, the state, nation, and the church.