Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has revealed that his mother discouraged him from joining politics on the premise that politicians in the country were ungodly.
Speaking on Sunday at his family thanksgiving service at St David’s Anglican Church Cathedral, Ijomu, Akure, Ondo State, Mr Makinde said he owed God for his victory in the governorship election.
“I am standing before you that I am a testimony of an individual getting into the position of the governor of a state without any godfather apart from the Almighty,” he said.
“When I wanted to go into politics, my two mothers, Mama Akure and Mama Ibadan, doubted me. They called me late in the night and told me in Akure and Ibadan dialects that if politicians give you anything, do not take.
“They said this because of their belief that no godly person should go into politics. If my mother can doubt me, it means I should not worry if an outsider does the same. I am standing before you that I am a testimony of an individual getting into the position of the governor of a state without any godfather apart from the Almighty,” he said.
“But I am standing here before you to say that a godly person can go into politics and do well.”
Makinde said he had no godfather anywhere, adding that God was his support.
“We as a church, should not be timid. It is only when godly people participate in politics that we can sanitise our environment. The church must organise to participate actively in politics. As you all know, election would soon come in Ondo State, I will also be here to campaign, so the church should be ready to participate,” he said.