Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has congratulated Governor Seyi Makinde on his re-election as the chief executive officer of the state, describing his victory as well-earned and well-deserved.
The union in a statement signed by the Chairman, Ademola Babalola, and made available by the Secretary, Sola Oladapo, charged Governor Makinde, to see his return as governor for another four years as a golden opportunity to further the development of the state and the welfare of its people under his watch.
Babalola noted that the spread of the various developmental projects embarked upon by Makinde in his first term made him the darling of the people of the state who have seen in him a compassionate and just administrator.
“The signs had been so visible that Saturday’s guber election would be a walkover for Makinde, having endeared himself to the common people by showing to them that he is a compassionate administrator.
“The governor’s good deeds were also trumpeted by the workers and particularly pensioners many of whom trekked distances to their polling units to vote for the man who has returned smile to their faces.
“Hitherto neglected zones are getting their deserved attention through road and other infrastructural projects connecting the zones and making the movement of agric produce from the production to the consumption centres possible,” the statement said.
Babalola, however, tasked Makinde to be magnanimous in victory by engaging competent people from across the state, irrespective of political leanings in his government.
The NUJ chairman commended the two leading opposition candidates, Teslim Folarin of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Adebayo Adelabu of Accord Party for congratulating Makinde.
He urged them to support the governor to move the state forward by offering suggestions to him on how they think certain things should be done for the progress and development of the state.
He also tasked winners of the 2023 elections across all levels not to forget the promises they made to the people of their constituencies, reminding them that they would give account of their stewardship in another four years.
The NUJ Chairman then called on the people of the state to continue to embrace peace and support the Makinde-led administration, adding that no progress can be made in an atmosphere of chaos.