Abigail Makinde’s Lying In State Attracts Govs Of Same Vision, Across Party Lines In Ibadan, Oyo Gov Expresses Gratitude

The Oasis Reporters

December 4, 2020


Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde (third left); his wife, Tamunominini (third right); Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri (second left); Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Daud Akinola (second right) and others, during the lying-in-state of Makinde’s mother, Madam Abigail Makinde, at Governor Makinde’s residence, Agodi GRA, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo State Govt

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.

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”.

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.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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