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I’m Not In Competition With Anyone — Makinde

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Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde has stated that his campaign will be an issue-based one as he is not in competition with anyone.

The Governor made this known in his bi-monthly newsletter sent out on Thursday.

In the letter, the governor noted that his campaign will be based on issues that were not fully addressed in his first term as he noted that his second term will be an upgrade of the first.

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He said: “… As you may already know, our official slogan for the 2023 gubernatorial campaign is Omituntun 2.0. We chose this slogan because it shows in clear terms that we plan to run an issue-based campaign. We are not in competition with anyone but ourselves. We are simply saying our second term is going to be an upgrade of our first term”.

Makinde also added that in a few weeks, he will be releasing his manifesto which he called “Roadmap to Sustainable Development in Oyo 2023-2027”.

“In the next few weeks, we will be releasing our Roadmap to Sustainable Development in Oyo State 2023-2027. We plan to build on the foundation we already laid with the Roadmap to Accelerated Development 2019-2023.

“As I have mentioned in the past, we will still be running on the four pillars but will expand the economy beyond agribusiness to look at tourism and solid minerals exploitation.

“Of course, exploring our tourism potential means that we have to have a welcoming environment to receive tourists. What this entails is a greater emphasis on road construction and a cleaner environment. This is why going into our second term; we are closely working with the local government authorities to ensure that they can meet their obligations in these areas.

“As you may already know, LGAs cannot function optimally if they do not have the funds to do so. Presently, their FAAC allocations mostly cater to the payment of salaries and leave little room for them to do anything else. So, for LGAs, Omituntun 2.0 means that the state will be contributing more towards the development at the local level”, he assured.

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