Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State governor has on Friday broke his silence on his mother’s death.
Makinde who spoke while making the acquittances of the Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by its national Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus at his Ikolaba GRA, said his mother died came as a rude shock adding that her death came at the time family was planning to celebrate her 81 years birthday.
“Actually, we were preparing for my mummy’s 81st birthday, which would have been on the November 7, exactly three weeks from yesterday (that she died). But who are we to question God?
He described his late mother as an epitome of love and humility, despite being a disciplinarian.
“We are grateful to God for the life she lived. To us, she was an epitome of love, humility. She was tough. If you see that trait in some of us, it came from her. And we also thank God that it was not like we were carrying her from one hospital to the other. She died peacefully in her sleep. So, we thank God for what He has done.”
In his remark, Makinde expressed gratitude to the PDP NWC, noting the fact that the leadership of the party made it to Ibadan barely 24 hours after Mama’s demise showed the love they have for him.
Makinde said: “I want to thank you most sincerely for this condolence visit. I want to say, on behalf of myself, my wife, immediate family, and extended family, we are very grateful and appreciative of this visit. This happened yesterday morning and you are here this morning. It shows that you truly love me. So, I want to say thank you.
Makinde, who also took the opportunity to appreciate the PDP NWC for the confidence in him to lead the Ondo State governorship campaign, said what the outcome of the election meant was the party would have to go back to the drawing board, adding that the campaign council will submit a report as soon as practicable.
Other national leaders who accompanied the National Executives include the National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd); Deputy National Secretary; National Financial Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Mai Basira; National Woman Leader, Hajia Mariya Waziri; National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, as well a leader of the PDP from Osun State, Hon. Soji Adagunodo.