The Oasis Reporters
December 4, 2020
Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has expressed gratitude to fellow governors Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State in South South Nigeria, the region his wife, Engr. Tamunominini hails from, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, also from the South South and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State in the South West for commiserating with him during the lying in state and service of songs for his mother, Chief (Mrs) Abigail Omojolagbe Amope Makinde (nee Omoregie).
He tweeted that he feels privileged to have shared nearly fifty-three years of his life with her, and he’ll treasure the beautiful memories he has of her.
This evening, we held the lying in state and service of songs for my mother, Chief (Mrs) Abigail Omojolagbe Amope Makinde (nee Omoregie). I feel privileged because I got to share nearly fifty-three years of my life with her, and I'll treasure the beautiful memories I have of her. pic.twitter.com/kAfLNX2FRP— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) December 4, 2020
While thanking everyone who came from near and far to attend the funeral ceremonies, Governor Seyi Makinde mentioned especially Governors Douye Diri, Rotimi Akeredolu and Governor Obaseki, for taking “time off governance to spend the evening with my family”.
I thank everyone who came from near and far to attend the funeral ceremonies. I especially thank my brothers, Governors Douye Diri, @RotimiAkeredolu and @GovernorObaseki, for taking time off governance to spend the evening with my family. pic.twitter.com/jPTTsJHUn3— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) December 4, 2020
With Mrs Abigail Makinde’s maiden name given as Omoregie which is unmistakably an Edo name, many swear that Makinde’s mother is a Bini woman from Edo State, pointing to the fact that the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki is usually quick to call him his brother, in an endearing way.
Curiously too, the governorship style of both men is similar in being progressive in the way they break new grounds to prosper their States and build infrastructure.
As Obaseki was aligning with the sensible needs of his people, Edo being an oil producing State in the Niger Delta region and practically every litre of petroleum product used in his State being imported, he moved to construct an oil refinery in Edo State, as well as building a power plant.
It coincided with Makinde’s move to getting a Gas pipeline infrastructure in Oyo.
Why are all these feasible now, but not so before? Has there been another legislation or change of heart from the FG? I called up the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde in Ibadan and this was his response:
“Vision of the Governors is what’s at stake. FG has never stopped business instincts. For instance Lagos under Tinubu installed a gas powered turbine in Lagos”.
Seyi Makinde brought a new sense and new direction to governance of the state. You don’t hear him complain of paucity of funds”, just like his brother, Obaseki. They just find a way to get things done.
Some people in Ibadan also believe that Makinde’s mother has an Ondo connection in the family tree.