All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun has expressed confidence that ‘the economic and human development strides, which the Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola-led government has made in the last seven years, will be unstoppable with the people’s determination to sustain it’.
According to the party, Osun has come a long way in engineering change from a poverty stricken and backward community to a significantly developing society of hard-working and progressive-minded people, doing everything that they can, to better their lots.
The party advised that, “The citizens of this state must not allow those who are backward-looking and selfish – especially political vultures, negatively disposed to progress – to mislead them into being careless about keeping pace with the developments and progress thus far achieved in Osun”.
This call for vigilance was contained in a statement from the APC Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy signed by its Director, Kunle Oyatomi and made available to the media in Osogbo.
The party stated that, “to understand the magnitude of what has happened in Osun under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the people have to take a serious look at what this state was some eight years ago, to appreciate what it is now.
“Osun was one of the poorest and struggling communities compared to many others in the country. Infrastructure was totally run-down; life was difficult, the human development index of the State was at best stagnant while economic activities were sluggish and unattractive to investors.
To worsen an already bad situation, environmental sanitation was horrible – so horrible that when the rains came, cities flooded, lives were lost and properties were destroyed. There was lamentation everywhere”, the APC recalled.
At the height of this tragedy’, the party continued in memory lane, “insecurity became the order of the day. Violence and murder rocked cities and towns, and the people were terrified.
Then a God-sent relief came in 2010. The stolen electoral mandate of 2007 was eventually restored and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola became governor of Osun and the state came alive like never before.
The stimulus for a race to develop the state was electric’, the APC said, adding that, ‘what was thought impossible became a reality.