Makinde Affirms G5’s Zeal To Push Nigeria’s Unity

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tinubu-makinde-ibadanDISCOURSE ACROSS PARTY LINES … L-R: APC Presidential Candidate Bola Tinubu visiting with PDP’s Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on the sidelines of the latter’s rally in the state … Thursday.    

In a cryptic message on Thursday, as the country is poised to head for the polls in a matter of days, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, South-West Nigeria, the only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor in the geopolitical zone, and a member of the party’s group of five aggrieved governors (G5), says the G5, also known as the Integrity Group, is solely interested in working for Nigeria’s unity.

Makinde spoke when the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and some other chieftains of the party visited him in Ibadan, the state capital, on the sidelines of a rally in the state.

“The Integrity Group, we have said if we have to choose between the unity of this country and our aspirations, we will choose the unity of the country,” the Oyo Governor said, re-echoing the G5’s call for fairness and equity in power-sharing in the country.

“We have to evolve a system such that there is inclusivity, fairness, justice, and equity in how we run this country,” the PDP chieftain submitted.

He pointed out that, while there are several political parties and candidates, everyone must ensure they work with the unity of the country in view.

This, according to him, becomes more important because “if the country does not survive, the political parties will fade away”.

Makinde acknowledged Northern APC governors for standing for equity and fairness in their support of Tinubu.

The Oyo State helmsman declared that, as far as the state is concerned, the people will vote for “equity, fairness, justice, and the unity of Nigeria”.

On his part, Tinubu said he is aspiring to be the leader of a united country, noting that the political divide won’t stop that.

“I am here to pay a simple respect,” the former Lagos State Governor said during the event.

On the entourage of APC flagbearer were a former Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande; Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare; Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State; and former governors of Ekiti and Osun states, Kayode Fayemi and Gboyega Oyetola, respectively.

Later, same day after the rally, in a 9:19 PM tweet from the handle Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT, the APC Presidential Candidate wrote: “My appreciations to Gov Seyi Makinde @seyiamakinde for the warm reception and his golden words of encouragement.”

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