Seyi Makinde Biography, Age, Career, Spouse, Networth, Education

Seyi Makinde
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Seyi Makinde at LSE Africa Summit
Governor of Oyo State
Assumed office
29 May 2019
Deputy Rauf Olaniyan
Bayo Lawal
Preceded by Abiola Ajimobi
Personal details
Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde

25 December 1967 (age 55)
Ibadan, Western State, Nigeria (now Oyo State, Nigeria)

Political party People’s Democratic Party
Spouse Tamunominini Makinde
Children 3
  • Olatubosun Makinde (father)
  • Abigail Makinde (mother)
Education University of Lagos
Occupation Politician, engineer
Known for Group Managing Director of Makon Group Limited

Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde (born 25 December 1967) is a Nigerian businessman, politician, and philanthropist who has served as Governor of Oyo State since 29 May 2019. He is an engineer and a subject matter expert on fluid and gas metering. He is the group managing director of Makon Group Limited; an indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria. He established his first oil and gas private business called Makon Engineering and Technical Services, (METS) at the age of 29 in the year 1997, after earning years of work experience with international oil and gas companies.

Makinde had contested the 2015 Oyo State gubernatorial election on the platform Social Democratic Party (SDP) but lost.

Early life and education

Makinde was born to a teacher turned accountant, Pa Olatubosun Makinde, and Abigail Makinde of Aigbofa Compound in Oja’ba, Ibadan, Oyo State. He is the third child of the family. Makinde began his education at St Paul Primary School and completed his primary education at St Michael Primary School, Yemetu, Ibadan. His secondary education was at Bishop Phillips Academy, Monatan, Ibadan. In 1985, he gained admission to the University of Lagos (Unilag) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

In 1998, Makinde trained at Industrial Control Services in Houston, Texas on the Safety Shutdown System; and the Development of Analytical Competence for Managing Operations at Lagos Business School (now Pan-Atlantic University)in 1999. In 2000, he had training in automation. In 2002, he studied Fundamentals of Crude Sampling at Jiskoot Auto Control Training Centre, Kent, England. Also, in 2005, he studied Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Professional and business career

Makinde did his national service (NYSC) with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria, where he was later engaged as a pupil engineer. He served in different capacities; handling and partaking in several key projects between 1990 and 1992. From 1992 to 1997, he worked as a field Engineer (Eket operations) for Rebold International Limited, and in 1995, he was appointed as Field Manager in the same company.

In 1997, Makinde established his first business, Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited (METS), after working for five years (1992-1997) with various international oil and gas companies (IOCs), as the Engineering Manager. He is now the group managing director of Makon Group of Companies.

Makinde is a member of national and international professional bodies notably: the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Council for Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Oil and Gas Design Engineers of Nigeria (OGDEN), International Society of Automation (ISA), Institute of Measurement and Control UK; and American Measurement Institute (AMI).

Political career

In 2007, Seyi Makinde contested for the Oyo South Senatorial seat under the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) but lost to the People’s Democratic Party candidate- Kamoru Adedibu. Makinde remained undeterred by his first failed attempt and in 2010; under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, he aspired for the Oyo South 2011 Senatorial seat but lost the primary to the incumbent Oyo South Senator.

In 2014, Makinde aimed for the Oyo State 2015 governorship ticket under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In December 2014, upon the conclusion of the party’s primary election, he was denied the governorship nomination ticket. Makinde however, remained true to his ambition and defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), under which platform he contested for the Oyo State 2015 SDP gubernatorial candidate, but came out 3rd having garnished over 50,000.

In September 2017, the Caretaker National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi visited him in Ibadan and following extensive, deep, and wide consultations with National Leaders, Oyo State leaders, and elders of the Social Democratic Party, and cross sections of strategic partners within Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde returned to his former political party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He maintained that joining the PDP was not for personal gains but for the development of the State by finding lasting solutions to the array of problems facing the State. On September 29, 2018, Makinde emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections for Oyo State, after polling 2772 votes at the primary election that took place at liberty stadium, Oke-Ado in Ibadan.

On March 9, 2019, Makinde polled 515,621 votes defeating his closest rival, Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressive Party who polled 357,982 votes. The All Progressives Congress (APC), during the General elections. Makinde was elected into the Office of the Governor of Oyo State at the 2019 Gubernatorial elections for Oyo State which were held on March 9, 2019.

Makinde on 29 May 2019 was sworn in as the 28th executive Governor of Oyo State. Makinde takes over from Late Senator Abiola Ajimobi after the latter’s eight years in office.

On April 7, 2022, Makinde declared his intention of running for another four years as clamored by the good people of Oyo State due to his groundbreaking achievements since resuming office in 2019. He made this declaration in a message posted on his social media channels stating that “if the people of Oyo state desire it, we will serve four more years”.

Awards and recognitions

  • Nigerian Union of Journalists (Oyo State Council)-Laudable Contribution to Humanity Merit Award.
  • National Association of Oke-Ogun Students (Ibadan)-Merit Award.
  • Fiditi Grammar School (Oyo State)-Old Student Merit Award in appreciation for the commitment, dedication, and service to the association and humanity.
  • Junior Chamber International (JCI) University of Calabar Chapter.-Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
  • Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Oyo State Chapter)-Gold Merit Award for immense and invaluable contribution to sports development.
  • Nigerian Association of Social Workers Merit Awards (Oyo State Chapter)-Philanthropic gestures and contribution to Social Care Delivery Services.
  • CCII National Merit Award.
  • Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (Ibadan) – awarded Seyi “Astute Politician of the Year 2018” for his resilience with which he had continued to assist the less privileged in society.

Personal life

Makinde lives in Ibadan, Oyo State. He is married to Tamunominini Makinde, a Southern Nigerian by birth, and they have three children.

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Labour Party Adoption of Seyi Makinde

The Obidient Movement in Oyo State and some Labour Party candidates contesting for the state House of Assembly, on Monday, distanced themselves from the endorsement of Governor Seyi Makinde as their consensus candidate for Saturday’s governorship election.

This was made known in a communique read by one of the House of Assembly candidates, Ayodeji Babalola from Ibadan South-East Constituency II.

Babalola spoke to journalists after a meeting held at Obi/Datti Campaign Office in Oke-Ado, Ibadan.

The press statement was jointly signed by Babalola;  Kayode Adejumo-Bello, Ibadan North Constituency II; Temidayo Taiwo, Ibadan South-West Constituency II, Oluwatoyin Okunlola, Oluyole Constituency and Sumonu Musa, Ibadan North-East Constituency II.

The communique read by Babalola, said, “Our attention has been drawn to a news item making the rounds in both the traditional and social media on the declaration of support for the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressive Congress by some minority factions of the leadership of Labour Party in Oyo State towards the forthcoming gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections in the state, an action that was taken unilaterally and in pursuit of personal agenda and aggrandisement.

“The movement and all candidates hereby totally dissociate themselves from the selfish stand of those negligible and greedy elements. The entire public is hereby put on notice to beware of this desperate move.

“We like to put it on record that, the Obi-dient Movement is an assemblage of over 120 support groups who are attracted to politics by their interest in the aspiration of Peter Obi to become the President of this great country, hence the coinage, Obi-dient.

“Therefore, majority of us are card-carrying members of Labour Party and at the same time very staunch members of the Obi-dient Movement. This same support for our master is unequivocally extended to all candidates of the party nationwide and in Oyo state particularly.

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