Seyi Makinde

ListenOluseyi 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.[1][2][3] He is an engineer and a subject matter expert on fluid and gas metering.[4] He is the group managing director of Makon Group Limited; an indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria.[5][6] 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.[2]

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

(1967-12-25) 25 December 1967 (age 54)
Ibadan, Western State, Nigeria (now Oyo State, Nigeria)
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party
SpouseTamunominini Makinde
  • Olatubosun Makinde (father)
  • Abigail Makinde (mother)
EducationUniversity of Lagos
OccupationPolitician, engineer
Known forGroup Managing Director of Makon Group Limited

Makinde had contested for the 2015 Oyo State gubernatorial election on the platform Social Democratic Party (SDP) but lost.[7][8][9][10][11]

Early life and educationEdit

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.[2][4] 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.[12] 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 Safety Shutdown System; and Development of Analytical Competence for Managing Operations at Lagos Business School (now Pan-Atlantic University)in 1999.[13] In 2000, he had training in automation. In 2002, he studied Fundamentals of Crude Sampling at Jiskoot Auto Control Training Centre, Kent, England.[13] Also, in 2005, he studied Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.[13]

Professional and business careerEdit

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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[5][6]

Makinde is a member of national and international professional bodies notably: 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).[2][14]

Political careerEdit

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.[11] 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.[11][15][16][17]

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.[18][19][20] 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.[20]

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.[21][22] 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.[23]

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.[24] Makinde was elected into the Office of the Governor of Oyo State at the 2019 Gubernatorial elections for Oyo State which held on March 9, 2019.[25]

Makinde on 29 May 2019 was sworn in as the 28th executive Governor of Oyo State.[26] Makinde takes over from Late Senator Abiola Ajimobi after the latter's eight years in office.[27]

On April 7, 2022, Makinde declared his intention of run for another four years as clamored by the good people of Oyo State due to his ground breaking 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 recognitionsEdit

  • Nigerian Union of Journalists (Oyo State Council)-Laudable Contribution to Humanity Merit Award.[28]
  • National Association of Oke-Ogun Students (Ibadan)-Merit Award.[29]
  • Fiditi Grammar School (Oyo State)-Old Student Merit Award in appreciation to 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.[30]
  • 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 the society.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

Makinde lives in Ibadan, Oyo State. He is married to Tamunominini Makinde, a Southern Nigerian by birth, and they have three children.[32]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


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  21. ^ "Seyi Makinde Rejoins PDP from SDP in Oyo-State". Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  22. ^ "Oyo SDP governorship candidate, Seyi Makinde returns to PDP". September 4, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  23. ^ "Oyo 2019: Seyi Makinde emerges PDP gubernatorial candidate [PHOTOS]". September 30, 2018.
  24. ^ "INEC Election Result 2019: Atiku declared winner in Oyo State". Punch Newspapers. February 26, 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
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  26. ^ "TWO YEARS ON: 'Seyi Makinde— Between The End And The Means!". Vanguard News. June 27, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  27. ^ "Seyi Makinde takes oath of office as Oyo Governor". Oak TV Newstrack. Oak tv. May 29, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  28. ^ "CCII Honours Seyi Makinde, Others". March 17, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  29. ^ "Ogunmola bags FNOOS award". April 18, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  30. ^ "Glo, CCII paint Ibadan green •As CCII honours Makinde, Olujinmi, others". March 17, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  31. ^ "FRCN Xmas Grand Finale: Seyi Makinde Felicitates with Kids". December 23, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  32. ^ "Meet Seyi Makinde". Retrieved May 21, 2016.