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Groups hold solidarity walk for Makinde over victory at Appeal Court


Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde (left) addressing members of some groups in the state during a solidarity visit to the governor over his victory at the Appeal Court in Ibadan… yesterday.

No fewer than 2,000 women and youths yesterday marched around Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in a solidarity walk in support of Governor Seyi Makinde’s victory at the Court of Appeal.

The protesters, under the aegis of six different groups, including “Save Oyo Group”, “Oyo State Women Voice”, “Mekunu Koya”, “Oyo Mandate”, ‘Oyo Dotun Group” and “Oyo State Youth Grand Alliance”, carried placards bearing various inscriptions.

They were singing various solidarity songs in support of the government and marched across certain areas in the state before terminating at the Agodi Governor’s Office, Ibadan.


Inscriptions on the placards carried by the protesters included “GSM till 2027”, “In GSM we trust”, “Free Education, Free Health”, “Pensioners and Civil Service Liberators”, “GSM our Saviour” and “GSM, Oyo Stands Behind You”, among others.

Makinde, while addressing the people, assured them that the mandate given him to serve them was intact and would not be taken by any one else.

He, therefore, appealed to the people to remain calm and go about their duties lawfully, adding that there was no cause for alarm as far as the electoral victory at the 2019 governorship poll was concerned.

He said: “Be rest assured. Your votes at the election were enormous and gave us victory and since we came to government, we have been serving you.

“They won’t spoil our show. There is nothing that has happened to your mandate. Your mandate is intact. If they claim they have won, why didn’t they report to the Government House this morning?”

Meanwhile, the leader of the groups, Mr. Kehinde Nojeemdeen, who addressed the governor on the purpose of the solidarity walk, said that the ruling of the Appeal Court was wrongly perceived by many people in the state when the opposition party went to town with false news.

He restated the firm belief of the people in the Makinde-led administration, saying that they would stand by the government.

The leader also seized the opportunity to thank the governor for all the policies he had introduced, especially in the areas of education and health.


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