I’ll be first Oyo governor to hand over to a successor – Makinde
Ojo Peter, Ibadam
Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has sensationally proclaimed himself as the first governor in the state to transfer power to his successor after expiration of their tenure in office.
Makinde, while speaking on Saturday during the Inauguration and Duty Commencement Service of the 8th President of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, held at the CAC International Headquarters, Ibadan promised that he would be the first governor in the state to hand over to his successor.
He said, “No governor has ever handed over to his successor in this state, Baba Lam Adeshina didn’t hand over to his successor, former governor Ladoja, Ladoja didn’t hand over to former governor Adebayo Alao Akala, Akala didn’t hand over to Abiola Ajimobi, and Ajimobi also didn’t hand over to me, but am standing in front of the altar of God, I will be the first governor to hand over to my successor.”
Makinde, however, commended the smooth process that led to the inauguration of the new CAC president, saying that though Nigeria is at the cross road, but priority of all Nigerians should be how to end crisis of division in the nation.
Meanwhile, the governor has called on leaders in the country to make it a priority to end crisis of division among the Nigerians. The governor made the call at the inauguration and commencement of duty service of the 8th president of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Pastor Samuel Olusegun Oladele, held at All Saints Chapel, C.A.C. General Secretariat, Bashorun, Ibadan.
He said that Nigeria equally needed to reconcile with the rest of the world. He said: “The chairman of the South West Governors picked something from the citation of the 8th President of the CAC Worldwide and he mentioned that his (new president’s) priority is to end the crisis of division that has plagued the church for 30 years.
“I am reading the same thing from a different angle. Our country is at the crossroads right now: the issues of insecurity, banditry, ethnic clashes everywhere. And we know that the leadership of the church or political leaders did not drop from heaven as we are also from this society.
“So, if we are at a crossroads and the new president has said his priority is to end crisis of division, I think as a nation and people, we, also, from this day, should make it a priority to end crisis of division in Nigeria.
“The division is not just about the local branches here. The church has branches all over the world. We also need to make it a priority that Nigeria needs to reconcile with the rest of the world and I know it will happen.”
He, however, enjoined all politicians to learn from the transition model of the Christ Apostolic Church, which, he said, is rancour-free and encourages peaceful handing over of power.
He said that he was ready to make the difference in Oyo state where, according to him, no governor has handed over to the successor, since the start of the Fourth Republic in 1999.
“In the message of the vice president, he said we politicians need to learn how to conduct rancour-free elections. I think it is not just about elections. We have something to learn about even handing over power and making proclamation and ensuring continuity.
“When we started the democracy, we are now enjoying in Oyo state, if you look at all the past governors, none of them has handed over to the successor.
“But because we are having a new beginning, and as I am standing on the altar of the Almighty, I will be the first governor to hand over to a successor in Oyo state.”
In his own remarks, the vice president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the Aso Rock Chaplain, Rev Seyi Malomo, commended the Christ Apostolic Church for the smooth process that brought about the inauguration of the 8th president, adding that this is the way it should be.
He said: “I want to commend the Christ Apostolic Church for the smooth process, which has brought the inauguration of the president because this is the way it should be. “Certainly, there is a lot for politicians to learn from the church on how to conduct elections without rancor.
“My prayer for the new president is that his tenure will record greater success in Jesus name. I also want to thank the outgoing president for his infallible service to CAC, for the years of glorious and faithful service. You have managed the affairs of CAC with integrity, maturity and fatherly understanding. May Almighty God preserve you for many more years in strength and good health to enjoy your fruit of labour.”
He declared that through the CAC, God has demonstrated that he does not need the highly educated professors or the mighty to do his work and that He can raise the humblest men to do his work.
The VP Said: “The anointing of God in this church has made it such that the humblest of men, even the least educated, can bring the good news of delivering the oppressed from unseen spirit and even raising the dead. Apostle Ayo Babalola remains a testament to this fact.”
He, therefore, enjoined the church to support the new president so that, as one body, the CAC will march forward, grow stronger and move faster to propagate the much-needed gospel of Christ.
The service also had the governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu in attendance.
Akeredolu, while addressing the congregation, asked them to work for a new beginning adding that the leadership of the church has being in the trenches for too long.
In attendance were the chief of staff to the governor of osun state, Dr Charles Akinola, who represented his boss, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, a host of royal fathers, government functionaries, pastors and dignitaries from different parts of the world.