The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday declared that the people of the state will vote for a presidential candidate whose election will promote equity, justice and unity in the country.
The Governor spoke when he received the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asíwájú Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his office.
Makinde urged Tinubu to feel free to campaign in the state, saying everything has been done to ensure the event was peaceful and hitch free.
He said his administration believes in putting people first, stating: “Political players will come and go, but the country will remain.”
Speaking on the position of the G5, the group of governors within the Peoples Democratic Party at odds with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Makinde said if they have to choose between their individual aspirations and the unity of the country, they will choose Nigeria’s unity.
He said the group monitored the APC presidential primaries that produced Tinubu as candidate and commended the principled position taken by the Northern Governors.
Noting that the Northern Governors reckoned that because power must return to the South in 2023, they would support a Southern candidate.
He said: “There has to be inclusiveness by all sections of the country in power sharing if the country must progress.
“If the country does not survive, how can anyone aspire to be anything in that country?”
Tinubu thanked Governor Makinde for the warm reception, saying he came to accord him the respect that he deserves as the chief executive of the state.
He said: “I cannot come to Oyo State to campaign for votes without visiting you to pay my respect to you as a governor, leader and an Omoluabi.”
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