The Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson, on Sunday lauded the Osun State Government for creating an atmosphere of peace, stability and political tolerance.
He stated that the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has justified the essence of leadership and reflected the same in all economic strata, particularly in the security sector.
Governor Dickson gave the commendation while paying a courtesy visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola at Government House, Osogbo.
Dickson who was primarily in Osun in his capacity as the Chairman Primary Election Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the September 22 gubernatorial election in the state, said his visit has exposed him to good legacies built by the Aregbesola’s government.
He described his presence in the state as adventurous and rewarding in view of peaceful atmosphere, stability and comfort created by the present administration.
Dickson said the Aregbesola’s administration has demonstrated high sense of commitment to good governance and extended a hand of fellowship to all.
According to him, “I am very happy to be in Osun, this is a state of my good brother, a hardworking and performing governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.”
“I have been in Osun since yesterday to oversee the conduct of my party gubernatorial primary election and since we have arrived, we have been experiencing the peaceful atmosphere here and there.
“We have seen the high level of security put in place by the Aregbesola’s administration, we have enjoyed peace even with the little time we have spent as our visit to Osun has in no doubt exposed us to the high sense of commitment to security of lives and property of the citizenry by the present administration.
“Governor Aregbesola and I are friends, we are brothers and we can’t come to Osun and enjoy all these peace, joy and comfort without visiting the state governor.
“So, we thank Mr. Governor for the enabling environment created, we laud the state for the reigning peace, stability and atmosphere of tolerance.
“We are proud of him, we are proud of his government; we are equally enthused by his noble countdown device constantly reminding him of the days he is left with in office.
“This shows his rare commitment to democratic tenets, good governance and to the fact that one cannot be in government for life.
“So, we are very proud of you, we are proud of your government and we are proud of the people of the state”, Dickson added.
In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the leadership quality of Governor Dickson, describing him as a noble Nigerian, astute and advocate of good governance who means well for the country.
Aregbesola said the visit of Governor Dickson was a manifestation to the fact that Nigeria is democratically advancing and improving.
He lauded Dickson on the successful completion of the PDP’s primaries in the state, describing the outcome of the primary as a clear testimony of an improved internal democracy.
Aregbesola made an advocacy for political tolerance, saying it is time for politicians and leaders to eschew politics of acrimony, hatred, do-or-die and intolerance.
According to him, it is expected for politicians to bicker and compete on ideologies before election but at the level of governance, there shouldn’t be room for party affiliations.
“It is in light of this that I appreciate this visit. It shows that we are building internal democracy, we are looking beyond party-politics”, Aregbesola added.