Governance not about political parties — Gov Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Saturday described governance as reflection of society, adding that no political office holder could be successful without the input of the citizens, especially civil servants.

Makinde, who spoke in Okuku, Osun State, at the thanksgiving service to mark the 70th birthday anniversary of a former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, also said governance was not about the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party.

He, therefore, urged religious leaders to continue to offer prayers, rather than put the blame of bad governance in the country only on the political class.

Also present at the event were the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN); wife of Osun State Governor, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola; Osun State Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi; and two factional chairmen of the PDP in the state, Soji Adagunodo and Sunday Bisi.

The Oyo governor, who was reacting to the sermon of the Diocesan Bishop of Osun North Anglican Communion at the event, Rt. Rev. Adetoye Olaoye, said, “I picked one or two things from the sermon of the bishop. He said governance should not be about APC or PDP.

“I recognise the fact that once you attain power, you exert influence on society. We, the politicians, are not from abroad; we are from this society. Politicians are a reflection of our society.

“The prayer we need is that, as humans and Nigerians, God should continually guide us to do the right thing. There is no governor or any political office holder that can be successful without the civil servants. So, if you are praying for the political leaders, please, pray for civil servants.”

Makinde described Oyinlola as an astute politician with sound knowledge of governance.