By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Social Democratic Party SDP governorship candidate in the last election in Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has emphasized the need for Yoruba people to unite and speak with one voice.
Makinde, who maintained that unity among the people would further strengthen them to pursue and achieve a common goal in the interest of their people, enhanced national unity and progress of Nigeria as a nation, said this when the Samuel Ladoke Akintola Memorial Committee visited him in his office at Omititun House, Iwo Road, Ibadan at the weekend.
“Yoruba unity is very important and we must do everything to ensure we unite and defend our integrity as a nation so that we would have the strength to pursue and achieve common goals that will make live better for our people,” he said.
Speaking about the late premier of the defunct Western Region, Samuel Ladoke Akintola, Makinde said, “there is no way the history of Western Region and Nigeria will be written without mentioning the role played by the late premier in the advancement of political ideology and promotion of national unity.
“He was a nationalist par excellence. His vision and ideas were geared towards the unity of Nigeria and he will forever be remembered for his roles in the region as a premier and one of the people who truly promoted national unity,” he said.
Makinde assured the committee of his support towards the success of the 50th remembrance anniversary
scheduled to hold in January 2016.
Earlier in his address, the committee chairman, Mr. Yemi Adedokun, said the 50th memorial anniversary lecture of the late former premier of Western Region is being programmed to bring Yoruba people together and discuss issues of national unity and regional development.
“The administration of the late Akintola achieved so much in infrastructural and economic development of the region and at the same time the unity of Nigeria as a country,” he added.