Breaking: Oyebamiji Withdraws From Osun Guber Race

The Commissioner for Finance in the State of Osun, Alhaji Bola Oyebamiji has withdrawn from the Osun 2018 Governorship Race.

Oyebamiji, who is an aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress made the announcement on Friday in a statement.

The commissioner who noted the love and sacrifice of his supporters on the ambition, says he will work towards the success of anyone that emerges at the party’s primary election on July 19.

Read the full statement below:

Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election: My Decision

Dear Compatriots,

I consider it very imperative to address you my associates, friends and members of our great party; All Progressives Congress (APC) as touching issues surrounding my involvement in the 2018 gubernatorial race on the platform of our great party.

To the keen watchers of unfolding political events, this will be my first official public statement since the leaders of my town including traditional institutions, political associates, friends and those individuals who believe in my capacity to run effectively for the exalted seat of the Governor of our dear state made an unprecedented efforts in the history of Nigeria’s polity by raising over One Million Naira (#1,000,000.00) among themselves without my knowledge and proceeded to obtain an intention form at our party secretariat in Osogbo.

As a human being, when I heard about their action and the extent they had gone by paying the required fee to the leadership of our party in the state, I was caught between happiness and sadness. I was sad because I have committed myself to a worthy course of same magnitude; a course I completely believe in regardless of political, social or religious colouration. Not only that, I am also one of the front allies of that course and structure which is geared towards actualizing the Osun of our dreams. At first, I knew that the script of betrayal will be perfectly perceived and acted once I decided to yield to the call of my friends and supporters who felt I should compete for the highest political seat in the state.

On the other hand I was happy and felt fulfilled as a person that there were tons of people out there who not only dare all odds but also sacrifice their comfort and resources for me without expecting any corresponding benefits. For days, I was weighing my options; I consulted my creator, immediate family and those whose opinions matter in my political, social and religious life and concluded that there comes a time in the life of every man to fall for something or nothing; on this occasion; I willingly chose to fall for loyalty, trust, integrity and sound reasoning.

Dear friends and supporters, ever since the news of my purported aspiration broke, I have been very careful and mindful of my approaches to political issues and gathering so as not to heighten the already charged political environment within our party. Despite my silence and non-involvement in any political activities in the face of humongous pressure from every corner, thousands of people including young and old from the three senatorial districts of our state volunteered themselves as canvasers and mobilizers to woo party loyalists and general public to support my supposed candidature. This reality quite negates the image people erroneously attached to our youths that money determines their loyalty in politics. I therefore considered it a matter of pride and privilege to receive the support of various political, social, professional and religious leaders both home and abroad.

However, I have considered all factors surrounding the competition for the ticket of our great party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election and decided to isolate myself from the contest against the growing agitation for my involvement but rather remain committed to a course I considered worthy for the collective good of our dear state.  This decision is coming on the premise of my desire to see a united APC in Osun after July 19th Primary election and a stronger and cohesive party at the September 22 governorship election.

In view of this, I deeply regret any inconvenience my decision might bring to every individual or groups who out of their own volition decided to promote my name and what I represent without any prompt; I am extremely grateful and feel honoured for the social capital and premium you all invested in me.

In the meantime, I have decided to rally support for my party the APC to ensure the defense of its current position as the ruling party in Osun in order to sustain the current developmental strides of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. This is what we must all do in good faith in order to consolidate the unprecedented achievements of the outgoing government bearing in mind that God gives power to whom He pleases and above all, the WILL of Almighty Allah must be fulfilled.

Thank you and God bless.

Signed:
Bola Oyebamiji
Hon. Commissioner for Finance, State of Osun

Osun 2018: Oyebamiji Support Group Denounces Support For Oyetola, Says Ambition On Course

The Commissioner for Finance in the State of Osun, Mr Bola Oyebamiji has not sacrified his governorship ambition for the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.
In a statement titled “SEPTEMBER 22, WE REMAIN RESOLUTE” released on Saturday, Team Support Bola Oyebamiji (TBS) urged members of the public to discountenance an incoherent text “MY CONVICTIONS ARE WITH GBOYEGA OYETOLA” purportedly written by the commissioner saying there is no iota of truth in it.
According to his supporters, Oyebamiji is ready to vie and contest the upcoming governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with his programmes and policies fully ready to continue with the Progressive style of governance of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The group however urged the supporters of the Governorship aspirant to continue canvassing votes for the Ikire-born technocrat and finance guru.
Read the Full Statement Below: 
SEPTEMBER 22, WE REMAIN RESOLUTE!
We read with utter amazement an incoherent text tit led “MY CONVICTIONS ARE WITH GBOYEGA OYETOLA” purportedly written by Hon. Bola Oyebamiji, the Hon. Commissioner for Finance, State of Osun disclaiming his resolve to contest the forthcoming governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC); We write to state categorically that the misleading text is false and only exist in the fantasy land of the writer.
The aspiration of Hon. Bola Oyebamiji is alive and will not be sacrificed on the altar of any falsehood regardless of the source. The Hon. Commissioner for Finance is an appointee of Mr Governor and by extension is loyal to the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola. Unknown to the writer, Mr Oyebamiji holds Alhaji Gboyega in high esteem and would not have reiterated his support for his aspiration in such a disjointed piece.
We therefore appeal to friends, well-wishers and teaming supporters of Mr Bola Oyebamiji to disregard the write-up but rather keep propagating the political gospel that Mr Oyebamiji represents.
 In the meantime, Mr Bola Oyebamiji has directed all support groups to continue their activities aimed at actualising his aspiration regardless of the antics of mere distracters. He is at the moment preparing to address a press conference where all doubts would be cleared.
We thank you for your prayers and support at times.
Signed: Team Support Bola Oyebamiji (TSB)

Osun 2018: Oyebamiji, The Best Man For The Job

As the 2018 governorship election approaches in Osun, *Team Support Bola Oyebamiji* has fingered the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji as the best candidate for the Bola Ige House, the State’s seat of power on September 22.

Mr Olabisi Oyegbade, the Osun Coordinator of TSB, in a statement released in Osogbo, said Oyebamiji’s move to joining guber race was necessitated by his commitment to the well-being of his people and determination to serve.

According to him, “Oyebamiji is a man of high pedigree and good track record when he was the Managing Director of Osun State Investment Company Limited (OSICOL) and now, as Finance Commissioner, he has re-engineered the financial capacity of the state and repositioned it for greater height.

“Oyebamiji is the right man for the job because of his enormous experience within public and private sector of our economy which he will deploy to steer the state further from where our indefatigable Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will stop.

“He has been working within corridor of power and we don’t have any doubt that if he is voted as Governor of our dear State, he will deliver because of his potentials.”

Oyegbade appealed to the party chieftains to make a wise choice by supporting the governorship aspiration of Oyebamiji, who he said, has the ‘magic hand’ to consolidate on the political and socio-economic fortunes of the state.

Osun Is Sustainable If……………… Finance Commissioner

The economic challenges facing Nigeria as country are not hidden and the State of Osun being an integral part of the Federation is not isolated from the effects of such challenges.

Therefore every right thinking State government and by extension state’s ministries on whose shoulders the responsibility of managing finances at that level rests must chart a new course for itself in order to sustain government businesses and aspirations. 

Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji made this remarks while addressing the Management and the entire staff of the Ministry at the conference hall of the Ministry, Finance building, government secretariat, Osogbo. 

Mr Oyebamiji explained that the essence of the meeting is to sensitise the staff as a major stakeholder in the generation of revenue to the state government. He urged the staff to see themselves as revenue marshals of the government. 

He noted the fact that the state like every other states are facing serious financial challenges at this critical period since the one-way traffic sources of revenue from Federal Government coffer are either getting tighter or seriously drying up,hence the need for the Ministries and the State in general to put on the thinking caps and double her efforts towards opening new revenue channels and intensify the exploration of the old or traditional revenue sources. 

Finance Commissioner who expressed the hope that if all concerned stakeholders and the citizenry are committed to paying taxes and other levies due to the state, then the state would be freely fulfil it’s responbilities of developing the state. 

He then assured the staff that there are rewards such as promotional and financial incentives that await every outstanding officer in the Ministry especially those that participated in the Internal Generated Revenue as reward of hard work is hard work. 

He therefore commended the governor ,Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his ingenuity at managing the state resources  to give the state a new look .

Osun Gets N6.3bn From Third Paris Club Refund

The State Government of Osun has received a sum of six point three billion (6.3 billion) naira as the third tranche of the Paris Club refund.

Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji made this known yesterday.

Oyebamiji disclosed that, the Apportionment Committee headed by revered labour icon, Hassan Sumonu will sit over the fund and make necessary decision on the fund and will be disbursed as it is usual.

The Commissioner stated that, the committee will act quickly to put the fund at the disposal of the entire people of the state.

Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa said the availability of the fund at this time is the Lord’s doing.

According to him, God has always been making things possible when it seems there was not going to be anyway. God has eased off the financial problem which seemed intractable by his miracle with the arrival of the Paris Club refund.

Baderinwa said civil servants and the general people of the state will a financial ease of life when the N6.3billion is disbursed for the benefit of all.

He thanked the active and non active public servants for their cooperation and support to government since the country was ran into financial crisis. He urged them not to relent in this virtuous behaviour that has made the progress and development of the state as stakeholders.

Baderinwa said he was sure that a new dawn of abundance and happiness will soon come to Osun where life will be more abundant for all.

Osun Cultivates 1,500 Hectare Of Land For Cocoa

The Osun State Investment Company Limited (OSICOL) has cultivated 1,500 hectares of land for cocoa to boost the state’s internal generated revenue (IGR).

Addressing reporters in Osogbo, the state capital, OSICOL’s Managing Director Bola Oyebamiji said 623 hectares of cocoa had been planted at Ibokun and another 523 hectares at Iwo.

Oyebamiji identified the large scale cultivation of cocoa and palm tree as a long-term panacea to the state’s dwindling economic fortune.

According to him, the state has what it takes to revive its economy, if cocoa and oil palm cultivation is embraced.

Oyebamiji, who urrged Southwest residents to embrace cocoa and oil palm cultivation, noted that apart from the comparative advantage it has over other crops, mix cropping with it would also help to sustain the farmers.

The COSIL chief stressed that until Nigerians were able to produce the substantial part of what they consume, the economy would continue to dwindle.

He blamed the present economic downturn on overdependence on oil.

Aregbesola’s Critics Would Soon Praise Him – OSIC Boss

Osun State Investment Company’s managing director, Alhaji Bola Oyebamiji yesterday remarked that Aregbesola’s critics would later eulogize his intimidating achievements in the state at the end of the day. Oyebamiji, who made the remark in an interactive session with newsmen in Osogbo, charged the governor to disregard his political detractors who would want to get him derailed in achieving his positive aim in governance.

He however counseled Aregbesola to forge ahead in his developmental projects which had transformed the state in the last few years of his administration. Oyebamiji specifically lauded the massive road construction projects of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo, Oyebamiji noted that the bane of location of industry in Osun State by investors has been lack of good road networks adding that with the measures taken by Aregbesola, investors will be encouraged to invest in the state.

The managing director also identified large scale cultivation of cocoa and palm trees as long term panacea to the dwindling economic fortune of the state, saying that the state has what it takes to revive its economy if cocoa and oil palm cultivation is embraced.

According to him, Osun Investment Company has cultivated no fewer than 1,500 hectares of cocoa with 623 hectare in Ibokun and 523 hectare in Iwo.

While charging the people in the South West to embrace cocoa and oil palm cultivation, Oyebamiji noted that apart from the comparative advantage it has over other crops, mix cropping with it would help sustain the farmers.

Alhaji Oyebamiji maintained that until Nigerians are able to produce substantial part of what they consume, the economy will continue to dwindle blaming the present economic downturn on over dependence on oil.

To further boost the economy of the state, the managing director disclosed that the company is planning to establish a petroleum refinery to be located at Dagbolu in Olorunda local government area of the state.

He further disclosed that the investment company has estates spread all over the country including 34 three bedroom apartments in Lagos, 14 flats in Abuja and another 19 flats in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Osun Community Protests Invasion By Thugs

Koba Ope community in Osogbo, Osun State capital yesterday appealed to Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to intervene in alleged invasion, intimidation, harassment, and assault on members of the communities by thugs of Fountain University Osogbo.

Addressing the press in Osogbo, the chairman of the community, Imam Ayatullah Abudulkabir Adepoju said members of the community that shared boundary with the university have continued to suffer in the hands of rented thugs.