Osun Assembly Promises To Support Health Sector

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has said it would embrace policies and programmes that will enhance the wellbeing of the people particularly in the health sector.

Dr Najeem Salaam, the speaker of the state  Assembly stated this on Thursday while addressing officials of the state health insurance scheme who came to intimate the legislature on the need for legislation that will back up the operation of the scheme at the Assembly complex Osogbo.

He noted that the House of Assembly would always strive for what is good to be in the interest of the state to develop.

He also explained that the bill concerning the scheme will be carefully scrutinized with a view to passing it into law.

According to him, nothing can work if concerned individuals refuse to do what is expected of them”.

The speaker in his remarks urged appropriate departments of government to be more resourceful in their activities.

Dr Salaam also advised that they should ensure that the system works perfectly.

In separate reactions to the submission by officials, the lawmakers raised number of issues with respect to explanation on the benefits of the scheme, as well as the functions of the proposed Osun Health Insurance Agency that will be in charge of the scheme.

Other areas of focus in their contributions include the source of funding and the merits as they were all unanimous that the scheme, if carefully manage, will be of benefits to the people of the state.

Earlier, the official of Osun Health Insurance Scheme led by the Executive Secretary, Dr. Niyi Oginni; USAID consultant, Mrs. Abiola Giwa among others took turns to explain the benefits of the scheme.

The officials who stressed the importance of legislation on the operation of the scheme urged the House of Assembly to look into the bill with a view to accelerating its passage.

According to them, “we urged the lawmakers to work specially on this bill that will help the poor people   have access to quality health service across the state.”

Omisore’s Ambition Cracks SDP

By Sola Jacobs

The recent carpet-crossing of the Ife-born politician, Otunba Iyiola Omisore from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state has generated furore, as members of the party had denounced his membership and rejected his gubernatorial bid on the platform of the party in the State of Osun.

According to the Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the State, Elder Femi Awe, the party has no record of Senator Omisore as a card-carrying member of the party, let alone a letter of intent to contest on its platform.

He continued that “in his usual style and way of doing things, he has been announcing to whoever cares to listen that he has joined our party while he has not personally or officially meet the party leadership to express his interest of becoming a member”.

Another stalwart in the SDP and a gubernatorial candidate, Chief Yemisi Oladeji has carpeted Omisore over his pursuit of gubernatorial ambition in SDP as wishful thinking.

He added that the former Governor is not more than a “friend of SDP” in the state, as there is no significant move by him to join the party, contrary to his public claim.

Chief Oladeji stated further “this is just a wishful thinking brought about by certain elements trying to create confusion in the peaceful process of our party primaries and from records available to us, Senator Omosire is not a member of SDP in Osun”.

He therefore advised the former senator to first and foremost, properly approach the party to regularize his membership and until that is done, he is not a member of the party.

Meanwhile OSUN DEFENDER investigation in Ile-Ilfe among the supporters of the former Deputy Governor revealed a dissented opinion as most of his followers refused to support his ambition on the platform of SDP, which seem to have polarized his supporters in the ancient city.

According to Mr Fawibe Adeolu, one of his supporters from Ilode unit I, Ile-Ife,  Otunba’s ambition is myopic and inconsiderate of the interest of his followers.

He added, “his inconsistency has a far adverse effect on our future and we have refused to follow him, to secure our future in party we have labour to build”.

Another ardent supporter of Omisore in Okerewe ward I Ile-Ife, Mr Adewole Adesupo opined that as a leader, Omisore knows the best party to pursue his political ambition and that he believes in his political calculation, hence, his support for the senator is binding.

He described the statement credited to the SDP State Secretary and another gubernatorial candidate in the party, Chief Yemisi Oladeji as a political statement which had no effect on the ambition of the Ife-born politician.

Meanwhile a statement on social media credited to one Mr. Taiwo Akeju, that the senator had fully decamped from the PDP to the SDP and called on public to disregard the position of Mr Awe, insisting that the said Awe is not the state secretary of the party and cannot speak for it.

It was gathered that the members of SDP has called  for the leadership meeting of the party in the state over the purported ambition of Otunba Iyiola Omisore so that it will not cause crack in the leadership and the chances of the party in the gubernatorial election that will hold in the state come September 22nd, 2018.

 

Osun Federal Boards Appointees Tasked To Serve Humanity

By Solomon Odeniyi

As the Klobb Progresso Igbajo (KPI) hosts three of its members who were recently appointed into several Federal Board to a reception, the Secretary to the State Government of Osun, Alh.  Moshood Adeoti has called on the trio to use the opportunity to serve humanity.

The SSG described the appointees as hard working individuals who have proved their worth in their different field of expertise.

He described the appointees as good ambassadors of the ancient town, who always strive to carve a niche for themselves.

Adeoti also called on the teeming populace in the town to always support indigenes of the community to serve humanity better.

In his word: “You should be proud of your sons who have had the opportunity to serve in the country, states and even local communities because they have always proven to be hardworking and be good ambassadors of the town.

“I am of the belief that these individuals have proven themselves to be above board in their past assignment and I am sure we are all proud of them”.

He described their appointments as rare privileges, citing that out of the 26 slots given to the state, the town had three to itself.

In his address, the chairman of the occasion and the Asiwaju of Igbajoland, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo urged the appointees to be upright and always put the interest of the community above their individual interests.

He admonished them to be hardworking and should not discriminate against anyone politically during and after their tenure in those offices to enable them achieve better goals in their endeavours.

The President of the club, Prince Gbite Ademikanra congratulated the appointees and described the appointment as a challenge and call to service.

The monarch of the town, Oba Isaac Olufemi Fashade, the Owa of Igbajoland in his speech disclosed that the appointees have been pride of the town anywhere, saying he was proud of so many illustrious sons and daughters of the town, who have been good ambassadors of the community within and outside the country.

Aregbesola Has Indelibly Imprinted His Name In History – APC

By Mariam Bello

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that with eight years of exceptional governance in the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has indelibly imprinted his name in the history of Osun in particular and in Nigeria in general.

In a message from the party in Osogbo signed by the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi to mark the Governor’s 61st birthday,  the party said that all rational human beings inside and outside the state who are familiar with the reality of governance in the state would not dispute that the greatest thing that has ever happened in the last 27 years in Osun is Rauf Aregbesola

The party said, “He has outperformed all governors before him, and at no time in the history of the state has a governor attracted as much international attention as Aregbesola has done”.

“There is no family in Osun that was not impacted by Aregbesola’s presence in government. All parents with kids at school had their children’s school environment improved; farmers had their fortunes improved; communities felt the infrastructural upgrade that Ogbeni Aregbesola effected throughout the state.

“Vulnerable elder citizens for the first time in the history of Osun were catered for by the state government.  And nowhere in the Federation can any state governor boast of a standard and quality educational infrastructure, the likes of which Aregbesola initiated and established in the state of Osun in the last eight years.

“Indeed, when we talk of development index in Nigeria today, Osun under the leadership of Aregbesola is ranked only second to Lagos in the Federation.

“By our own modest assessment, Aregbesola’s achievements socially, infrastructurally, educationally, agriculturally, and above all economically, more than double efforts of all other governors before him put together.

“That is incredibly exceptional. It is the stuff of which history is made.

How Osun Lost N75bn To Unremitted N8.1bn Revenue Under PDP – Aregbesola

By Ismaeel Uthman

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has again expressed bitterness over the wanton corruption that characterized the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government which resulted to economic woes for the country.

Aregbesola disclosed that a sum of N8.1trillion revenue was not remitted by some federal agencies and parastatals to the government’s cover under the PDP government, lamenting that such amount would have gone a long way in building the country, economically and infrastructure wise.

The governor said it was discovered that between 2010 and 2015, under the former President Goodluck Jonathan led administration, many government agencies and parastatals failed to make remittances to the coffers of the federal government to the tune of N8.1 trillion.

According to Aregbesola, Osun would have gotten nothing less than N75bn out of the N8.1trillion were the fund remitted to the government, saying that the state would have used the money to complete various infrastructural projects and embark on more.

The governor, who said the immediate past administration of the PDP did more harm than good to the economy of the nation, explained that the issue of economic recession wouldn’t have come up if not for the brazen corruption and mismanagement of the country’s resourses by the past government.

Aregbesola said: “It is unfortunate, the situation we have found ourselves in Nigeria because we are not supposed to be in this condition, if the immediate past PDP led federal government had done the needful, things would have been better for Nigerians.

“It is sad to know, as we have just discovered that, between 2010 and 2015 under the Jonathan led administration, many government agencies and parastatals failed to make remittances to the coffers of the Federal Government to the tune of N8.1 trillion.

“Out of this amount, at least N75billion would have come to Osun alone which we would have used to complete all our projects and even have enough money to embark on others.

“With this amount, a lot of states that are facing the challenges of salary payment would have cleared all salaries without stress.

“I am very sure, if that money was remitted, Nigeria wouldn’t have experienced recession at all and it is very unfortunate that we are still grappling with the consequences of the corruption attitudes of the past administration in the country.”

Osun 2018: Battle For APC Ticket Begins

By Shina Abubakar

As the All Progressives Congress (APC) allows its prospective aspirants to publicly declare their intention to vie for its ticket ahead of the July Primary election, the party has given its aspirants directives as to the red lines it does not expect them to cross during any of their activities.

The rules has on top of the list, N500,000 intention fee, which the party expected all aspirants to pay before embarking on campaign programme, adding that each aspirants is expected to embark on a decent, colourful statewide mobilization of members and promotion of the party.

It further disclosed that their no aspirant should embark on hate speech or promotion of neither rancour nor maligning the party or government in any form and aspirants should strive to foster unity among party faithful without enhancing faction within the party.

Also, the party insisted that campaign issues should focus on the state of economy while adding that it should be modest, well organised and not necessarily exorbitant.

It ordered that all aspirants must flag-off their campaigns from the party secretariat in the state capital and itinerary approved by the party.

Aspirants, the party, insist must avoid statements or actions that could embarrass the party or government and should conduct themselves and campaign teams with decorum, pride and dignity.

The party also insisted that aspirant should guarantee maximum security at campaign venue to ensure the safety of party members and the general populace.

The state party chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun while addressing the aspirants said that the party ought to have met them to set the ball rolling for political activities to commence in earnest, but the right time is not late, urging them to desist from act that could lead them to losing the composure and calmness with which they started their ambition.

He reminded the aspirants that the interest of the party and the state is superior to their individuals ambition, hence, the party expected them to work for the greater good of the party and ensure its victory in the September 22, governorship poll in the state.

According to him, our party is not just any political party established to contest election and fill political offices. It has been built through time as the party of the people which extols the Yoruba virtues of Omoluabi as the driving ethos.

“It is a tendency that has emerged as a platform for the pursuit of good governance and the welfare of the people by patriots that personified the Omoluabi ethos. Our ideals, handed down over the ages have been egalitarianism, integrity in leadership and uncompromising pursuit of the interest of our people. This is the current manifestation of AG, SDP, AD, AC, and ACN. These are the parties of Awolowo,Adekunle Ajasin, Abraham Adesanya, Bola lge, Bisi Akande and Tinubu.

“This is what separates us from the others. Our leaders, up till the present moment have been willing to pay any price and forego any personal comfort and interest in the pursuit of these ends.

He disclosed that all the aspirants are well qualified to govern the state, especially as they have all paid their dues in nurturing the party to the enviable height it is today and urged them to remain focus not to allow personal interest jeopardize the chances of the party in the coming poll.

“The governorship of the state and the ultimate victory of our party are bigger than any of us and our personal aspiration. We must all strive towards the same objective, which is the pursuit of the public interest and the welfare of our people. We must know that only one of us can win, no matter the efforts all of us put into it”.

However, reacting on behalf of all the aspirants, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam pledged the commitment of all aspirants to the success of the party.

He however urged the party to consider all aspirants as equal and provide a level playing ground for all without picking anyone as its favourite in the build up to the July 7, 2018 primary election as he called on the party supporters to see the struggle for the ticket as an internal affairs that must not be engulf in crisis.

Fielding question from journalist after the meeting, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon. Lasun Yusuf said his ambition is not a do-or-die affair and he is ready to support whoever emerges from a transparent and credible primary election later in July this year.

 

 

List Of Aspirants

1 Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (Secretary to the State Government) –  Osun West

2 Dr. Najeem Salaam (Speaker, Osun House of Assembly) – Osun West

  1. Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (Chief of Staff) – Osun Central
  2. Hon. Lasun Yusuf (Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives) – Osun Central
  3. Elder Peter Babalola (Chairman, Local Government Service Commission) – Osun West
  4. Mr. Babatunde Taiwo – Osun Central
  5. Mr. Kunle Rasheed Adegoke –  Osun Central
  6. Mr. Benedict Alabi – Osun West
  7. Engineer Adelere Oriolowo – Osun West
  8. Hon. Gafar Amere – Osun West
  9. Mr. Rauf Adekunle Olabamiji – Osun West
  10. Oluomo Sunday Akere (Former Commissioner for Information & Strategy) –  Osun Central
  11. Dr. Oyebola Oyemomi – Osun-West 
  12. Mr. Dayo Oyebanji – Osun West
  13. Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi – Osun East
  14. Mr. Saka Layonu – Osun West
  15. Dr. Isiaka Owoade – Osun West
  16. Engr Ayoade Lawal
  17. Dr. Taofeek Olayinka Ayinde – Osun West
  18. Chief Biodun Fajobi – Osun West
  19. Hon. Yinka Ajayi – Osun Central
  20. Mrs. Akanbi Alimot Bolanle
  21. Alhaji Ayodele Fatai
  22. Alao Olabisi Kamoru
  23. Jolayemi Kamoru
  24. Engr. Mumini R. Olabamiji
  25. Elder G.T. Adediji

 

Aregbe, 61 Years On: Assessments, Encomiums

By Solomon Odeniyi

Politicians, technocrats, workers’ unions and residents of the State of Osun have assessed, showered encomiums and commendations on Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state as he marks his 61st Birthday today.

While some said the successes recorded by the Aregbesola administration in its seven and half years have proven the celebrator to be a man of integrity due to his prudent nature of leadership, some based their assessments on the fact that the Governor has changed the face of the state for the better in the area of infrastructural development.

The labour unions, through the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Osun chapter, Comrade Jacob Adekomi said that Aregbesola’s government has done so much for the state workforce interms of welfare and human capital development.

According to him, the administration has kept his promises with workers inspite the economic crisis, regretting that the crisis did not allow him to do all he would have wanted for the workers.

He said, even after the administration of Aregbesola, the workers in the state would continue to remember that there was a governor who showed so much commitment to their welfare and their development inspite the obstacles.

“Governor Aregbesola’s performance will continue to linger in the mind of the Osun labour movement, especially for resisting temptations to disengage workers despite daunting economic challenges,   we all knew what applicable in other states where some state governors resulted to mass sack”, he said.

Congratulating him on the celebration of his 61st birthday, the labour leader urged the governor to ensure that the government offsets the salary arrears that had been creating issues between him and the civil servants in the state.

The Accountant-General, Mr Kolawole Akintayo said that the successes recorded by the Aregbesola administration were based on his prudent nature, saying, his achievements have been unprecedented in the history of the state.

According to him, “Osun is lucky to have Governor Aregbesola because, the state would have gone bankrupt during the economic crisis that hit Nigeria few years ago if not for his financial sagacity and sense of commitment.

“No doubt, the Aregbesola’s administration changed the face of the state, economically, educationally, and politically and that is to tell you that he is a committed  man who want the best for the people of the state”, Akintayo stressed.

Also, the Managing Director, Omoluabi Holdings Limited, Dr Tunde Faleye described Aregbesola as a man of the masses who has demonstrated unrivalled commitment to better the lots of the people, saying that his commitment has actually paid off.

According to him, the state was battling infrastructure decay and there was poverty in the land before the administration of Aregbesola, but his intervention programmes have drastically reduced the level of poverty in the state.

Faleye specifically identified youth empowerment through series of interventions as one major area that the Aregbesola administration has made a lot of impact, saying that the private industries that have been attracted to the state under the administration have helped the system to create more jobs for the youths.

According to him, there must be insistence by the people of Osun through their votes that whoever going to take over from Aregbesola must be somebody who understands and ready to carry on the developmental strides started by the administration.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti said the people of Osun would continue to remember the name of Aregbesola for bringing unprecedented development to the state, saying that the state has never been so lucky.

Adeoti, who is one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in the state, noted that ever since his path crossed with that of Aregbesola, he has seen a man with commitment to change the orientation of the black people for the better, saying his promises to the people of the state have been fulfilled.

Also, Ileri Oluwa Group, a campaign group canvassing support for the Chief of Staff to Osun Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola said going by the unprecedented development that had been achieved by his administration, Aregbesola when leaving office as governor would leave a legacy that would take extra-efforts to surpass.

He was optimistic that a footprint for development has been developed and would assist the incoming government to make headway in its efforts for development.

Also, the Forum of Council Chairmen in the state has described Aregbesola as a governor with unusual commitment to development, saying, the council chairmen across the state were happy to be part of the success stories of the administration.

The Chairman and Secretary of the forum, Hon. Omoboyede Jaiyeola and Hon. Sekinat Halid said that Aregbesola has left a mark that would be difficult to erase, urging the people to continue to support his course which has paid off.

 

Lasun Yussuff Celebrates Aregbesola At 61

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yussuff has felicitated with Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the occasion of his 61st Birthday.

 

In a statement on Thursday in Osogbo, the Deputy Speaker eulogised Aregbesola for his perseverance and commitment to the ideals of true democracy as espoused by the late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

 

Hon Yussuff maintained that the Governor has also in the last 6 decades dedicated himself to humanity and the development of the society.

 

The APC Governorship Aspirant in the September 22 Governorship Election in Osun State described the sexagenarian as a visionary and pragmatic leader who has in the last seven and half years transformed the State.

 

“I must say that for the years that I’ve known you, you have been a pragmatic, selfless and exemplary leader who has impacted in many ramifications.”

 

“Before and after you became Governor, your humility never ceased as you remain an embodiment of virtues that makes you a role model for many across party lines.”

 

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives said “Your achievements also as the Chief Executive Officer of our state is a pointer to the fact that that you are a true progressive, one with a burning desire for all round development.”

 

Hon Lasun Yussuff however prayed the Almighty Allah to Grant Governor Aregbesola many more years in good health and give him the wisdom to bequeath to the State of Osun a worthy successor.

APC Congratulates Aregbesola At 61, Says He Remains Best Of All Governors In Osun

The State of Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has declared that with eight years of exceptional governance in the state, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has indelibly imprinted his name in the history of Osun in particular and in Nigeria in general.

In a message from the party in Osogbo to mark the Governor’s birthday,
the party said that all rational human beings in and outside the state who are familiar with the reality of governance in the state would not dispute that the greatest thing that has ever happened in the last 27 years of the existence of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been the best.

He has outperformed all governors before him, and at no time in the history of the state has a governor attracted as much international attention as Aregbesola has done.

According to the APC in a statement signed by it Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi “There is no family in Osun that was not impacted by Aregbesola’s presence in government. All parents without exception with kids at school had their children’s school environment improved.

“Famers had a field day as most of their fortunes improved. Communities felt the infrastructural upgrade that Ogbeni Aregbesola effected throughout the state. Vulnerable elder citizens for the first time in the history of Osun were catered for by the state government. And nowhere in the Federation can any state governor boast of a standard and quality educational infrastructure, the like of which Aregbesola initiated and established in Osun in the last eight years.

“Indeed, when we talk of development index in Nigeria today, Osun under the leadership of Aregbesola is ranked only second to Lagos in the Federation.”

He said further, “By our own modest assessment, Aregbesola’s achievements socially, infrastructurally, educationally, agriculturally, and above all economically, more than double efforts of all other governors before him put together. That is incredibly exceptional. It is the stuff of which history is made.”

The party stated that, “So when we celebrate with the governor on his birthday, these achievements are actually what we celebrate and we are happy to be identified with the governor in this celebration of excellence.”

Breaking: Osun APC Lifts Ban On Political Activities Ahead Of Sept 22 Guber Election

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun on Monday lifted the ban placed on political activities in the party.

The party Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun made the declaration during a meeting held with all the aspirants contesting under the banner of the party.

According to the list and guidelines released by the party, there are 27 gubernatorial aspirants from the ruling party.

THE CANDIDATES

1.Alao Olabisi Iwo LG
2.Oyebisi Alamu Iwo LG
3. Jolayemi Kamoru Ila LG
4. Dr. Isiaka Owoade Irewole LG
5. Oluomo Sunday Akere Boluwaduro LG
6. Sulaimon Lasun Yusuff Irepodun LG
7. Elder Tunde Adediji Aiyedaade LG
8. Adegboyega Oyetola Boripe LG
9. Mrs. Akanbi Alimot Bolanle
10. Hon. Akintayo Gafar Amere Iwo LG
11. Alh. Adeyemo Ayodele Fatai Aiyedaade LG
12. Babatunde Adedotun Taiwo Isokan LG
13. Elder Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi Ife
14. Ayoade A. Lawal
15. Engr. Dr. Taofeek Olayinka
16. Mr. Oludayo Oyebanji
17. Kunle Rasheed Adegoke Osogbo LG
18. Engr. Chief. Biodun Fajobi Ayedaade LG
19. Engr. Mumini A. Raifu Iwo LG
20. Dr. Ismail Abiodun Layonu Ede North
21. Rt. Hon. Dr. Salam Najeem Folasayo Ejigbo LG
22. Dr. Ezekiel Oyebola Oyemomi Ayedaade LG
23. Benedict Olugboyega Alabi Irewole LG
24. Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo Iwo LG
25. Dr. Peter. Adebayo Babalola Irewole LG
26. Alh. Moshood Olalekan Adeoti Iwo LG
27. Rep. Adeyinka Ajayi Boripe LG

The Chairman of the APC in the State of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun reeled out the rules for APC Aspirants Campaign:

1. Payment of intention fee N500,000.00

2. Aspirants are expected to maintain decency and colourful statewide campaign for the mobilization of memebes and promotion of the party.

3. No hate speech, promotion of rancor and anti-party sentiments. Do not malign the party and the government.

4. Foster the UNITY OF THE PARTY in all the activities. No fictionalisation

5. Campaign must reflect the state of our economy. Beautiful and modest, well organised outings. No flamboyant/ostentation.

6. Flag off must be from the State Party’s Secretariat in Osogbo.

7. Itinerary of campaigns must be approved by the party

8. Maximum guarantee of security and safety.

9. Avoid any action and statement that can embarrass the party and government.

10. Conduct self and team with decorum, pride and dignity always.

Ajimobi’s Aide Joins Osun Guber Race, Promises Economic, Human Development

By Solomon Odeniyi

The Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Infrastructure, Olugbenga Akintola at the weekend declared his intention to contest the governorship position of the state of Osun come September 22, with a promise to work assiduously on rebuilding agenda of economic  development and human capital investment.

Akintola who was also the former executive Chairman, Lagos Public Works Corporation under Babatunde Fashola is contesting under the Alliance for Democracy.

He noted that the educational knowledge, values, learned in the state have made him an accomplished architect whose expertise is valued internationally and put to use by Lagos and Oyo government, adding that  he was motivated not only to pay back but also to take the state into an enviable point of reference, honest and effective governance.

He said, “my vision is for an Osun state that will be capable of creating wealth for its people in good health. My goal is to ensure that Osun state can fulfill all its obligations towards its people through a capable workforce and industrialization.”

He added that in a bid to industrialise the state, the youth would be given necessary tools to function in the 21st century and in any capacity that Nigeria and the world demand of them.

“ I solemnly promise to rebuild Osun for a future in which our youths are prepared for the 21st century and our elders enjoy healthy old age while workers’ sacrifice is rewarded with timely payment of salaries and pensioners receive their entitlements.”

The state chairman of the AD, Olapade Fakunle said the party is not dead and remained the mother party for the ruling APC, adding that it is on a mission to liberate the people of the state.

He noted that victory is sure for the party in the September 22 election, as no party has matched the level of its achievement since the AD left power.

Fakunle warned that the party is coming with a full force to reclaim the governor’s office and the state secretariat built by the Alliance for Democracy.