Aregbesola’s cabinet members not Ladeparts-based politicians – APC chieftain
– Conversations are ongoing regarding the 2018 governorship election in Osun state
– Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are confident that the party will emerge victorious in the forthcoming elections
– A youth leader of the party in the state has chronicled a historical perspective of their struggles
The senatorial youth leader of the APC for Osun central senatorial district in the State of Osun, Apostle Samson Oyebode has boasted that his party will win convincingly the September 22 governorship election in the state.
He expressed confidence that the party will be victorious owing to the landmark achievements and monumental legacies of the Rauf Aregbesola administration in the last eight years that has brought development to the state.
Oyebode, a former chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Boripe local government, who equally once served as assistant public relations officer at the state level stated that the achievements of Governor Aregbesola will be yardstick upon which the slogan of continuity and consolidation will be built.
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According to him, the fact that there are 27 aspirants jostling to succeed the governor is enough testament that the APC government has done well adding that the party is counting on the good people of Osun state to reciprocate this gesture.
While reacting to another allegation that most of the cabinet members are Lagos-based politicians, Oyebode responded saying the insinuations were wrong.
His words: “Let us take Gboyega Oyetola as an example to debunk the wrong insinuation they have been peddling around, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola was the first politician who invited the governor, Rauf Aregbesola to the Iragbiji Day celebration in year 2004, after which he hosted him in his Iragbiji country home which he built about 2 decades ago.
“I can boldly tell you that even before the advent of the Aregbesola administration, Oyetola spent more days in Osun than he spends in Lagos, anybody saying anything contrary is deceitful and shying away from the truth, he and others were all part of the 2007 political struggle and the ordeals that followed to reclaim the stolen mandate.
“I can also tell you in confidence that incumbent chief of staff to Governor Rauf Aregbesola is a silent philanthropist, grassroots politician, community leader and one who holds the party in the state in high esteem through his financial commitment and thorough-bred discipleship.”
He continued: “For the avoidance of doubt, when I was the chairman of the Alliance for Democracy in our local government, Oyetola bought the only party bus of 18 seater in year 2000 and the first public address system for us then, what distinguished him from other politician is that he is not a noise maker.
“What if I tell you that as a revered community leader in Iragbiji, he has sponsored well above 200 indigent students to tertiary institution who today are all doing wonderfully well in their different endeavours, that shows he has always been part of the human and educational development in the state.
“At times, when I hear people say, Oyetola is the not qualified to contest in Osun, I laughed it off as he has a rich wealth of experience and expertise, having served meritoriously both in the private sector for well above thirty years and public sector as the chief of staff to the governor which is seen and adjudged to be the engine room of the administration with good track records, he has deep understanding about government business, human and financial administration, budgeting system and above all, he is a core party man, however, the party leadership both at the state and federal level will determine who flies the party ticket.”
On his reaction about the chances of the APC in the forthcoming governorship election, he said if you carefully profile through the array of all our aspirants and their astonishing credentials, all of them are qualified and competent to step into the big shoes of Aregbesola.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC Osun state, Honourable Akindiya Amos who is from Olaoluwa local government area of Osun West Senatorial District has condemned the agitation by some individuals from his senatorial district insisting that they must produce the next governor of the state.