Teslim Folarin, the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State,
on Monday, congratulated the state governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Engr Seyi Makinde, for his re-election in the just-concluded Saturday election.
In a statement personally signed on Monday, Folarin said, “In line with the official pronouncement of the Independent National Electoral Commission, I hereby congratulate Seyi Makinde.
“I would like to express my sincere appreciations to the Oyo State electorate for their support for all APC candidates on February 25th and March 18th elections respectively. May God bless you all.
“To whom much is given, much is expected. It is on this note that I am offering my solemn gratitude to leaders and members of our great party, APC, the coalition parties, candidates of other political parties that worked for us, volunteers, the press as well as individuals that contributed to the Itesiwaju Ipinle Oyo 2023 project.
“Furthermore, I give kudos to members of 2023 Oyo state APC Presidential and Governorship Campaign Council for the best-ever issue-based campaigns. Thank you for your absolute loyalty, dedication and commitment to the struggle.”
Recalls that Makinde polled 563,756 votes to defeat his closest rival, Folarin of APC, who scored 256,685 votes, while Adebayo Adelabu of Accord Party polled 38,357 votes.
The state collation officer and Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-lfe, Adebayo Bamire, who announced the result at the state Independent National Electoral Commission’s collation centre, on Sunday, said, “Makinde Oluseyi, having satisfied requirement of the law, is declared winner of the poll.”