Osun West Is Determined To Have The Governorship Shot – Babalola


By Solomon Odeniyi

A leading aspirant contesting the governorship seat in Osun under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Elder Peter Babalola has said the aggressive agitation witnessed in the build up to the forthcoming September 22 election in the state from the west senatorial district is an indication that everyone from the area has woken from their deep slumber.

He added that politicians from the west senatorial district have all gone back to the drawing board to sensitize and mobilise the people not only to participate in the concluded continuous Voters exercise but to also collect their Permanent voters Card.

He spoke during a chat with the medium in his resident.

He said, “If you do your study very well you will discover the collection rate of PVC is high in the west, and a large per cent of the new eligible voters are from the west. Also, Politicians from the west senatorial district have gone back to the drawing board sensitizing people to go and mobilize not only to register but collect their PVC they are doing this because of their expectation.

“Everyone from the zone including the politicians from the west has woken from their deep slumber. The central has had their share, they ruled for 11 years. The east held sway for eight years and the west has none. Except you want to count the 22 months of Adeleke which cannot be compared to the number of years spent by the other zones.

“Even heaven knows west should present the next governor. If you call it zoning fine, if you say it’s from the mind or fair share, whatever is fair is fair. This is responsible for the massive registration in the west and the entire state”.

Peter-Action as popularly called maintained that alienation of a fragment of a society from the whole will over time breed conflict as the affected part would feel they are alienated and not part of the existing society.

Alluding to Ogun state which has zoned to the west and Oyo to the east their next governors, he said this was done in fairness to every zone in the aforementioned states, describing it as a tactical approach to carry everyone along in the state and must not be found guilty of this.

He stressed that there is zoning in the country’s constitution as well as that of the party which according to him must follow a process in form of an unwritten convention.

The aspirant who lauded the incumbent governor for the development witnessed in the state so far despite the paucity of funds, noted that, “He has no manifesto other than to build on the legacy set by Ogbeni Aregbesola which encompasses every aspect of the economy, adding that what Ogbeni has started, if successive administrations continue to build on, will act as a catalyst for the transformation of the state beyond recognition in the years to come”.

He said the exercise he has acquired over the years as someone who has served under military and civilian administrations are weighty, saying he is perfectly fits into Aregbesola’s shoes in order to achieve the much needed objective of continuity.

You’re Wasting Your Time, Babalola Tells Non-West Aspirants

I’ll Obey Peoples Judgement – Famodun

By Solomon Odeniyi

Elder Peter Babalola, an aspirant of the All Progressive Congress for the September 22 gubernatorial election has made a strong call for the zoning of the party’s governorship ticket to come from the Osun-West Senatorial District.

The Ikire born politician advised aspirants from  other districts to call it quit and support aspirants from the West, warning that failure to do so would amount to a waste of their resources as well as time and would be surprised at how they would be floored during the July 7 primary election.

The APC aspirant  described the west agitation project as done deal, as a huge number of the people making up the delegates, including Local Government Chairmen, Councillors among others reaching a concensus that the west senatorial district should produce the next governor.

He said” When I wanted to contest the other time, I was told it was not yet time for my zone and God in his infinite mercy spared my life till today. Then they said it was the central and it came to be, after that it was the turn of the east and now it is the turn of the West”.

Dispelling the notion that there are no competent aspiransts from the district, Babalola stressed that all  aspirants from west contesting under the party are more qualified for the position than those from other districts combined, affirming that aspirants from west are more than capable to govern the state.

Babalola, who stated that the reason the party has witnessed such an unprecedented number of people showing interest was as a result of the giant strides by Aregbesola, saying only people like him with a military and civilian experience could carry on with the good work without a hitch.

He added that he had no manifesto other than the six integral action plan of the governor and would make sure it is achieved to the fullest.

Reacting, the state party chairman described himself as the chairman of all and would only obey the judgement of all by the virtue of the outcome of the primary.

He said: “ I am aware of the serious campaign for west. Others as well are craving for the seat. If I must be sincere, West have been our strong point reflecting on election results. But as the head if I am to keep enjoying the support of all, I must not be seen to be with one side than other.  Also I would not want to go against the party constitution by saying it should be zoned to a particular zone. I will leave it to your judgement, and I will obey it. So if it is your wish for the West to produce the next governor so be it. I will ensure that under my watch, a free and fair election would be conducted. “

Babalola Warns Local Government Workers Against Indolency

Members of staff in all Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the State of Osun have been seriously warned to desist from indolency and lacklustre attitude while carrying out their official assignments.

This admonition was given today by the Chairman, State of Osun Local Government Service Commission, Elder Peter Babalola at the flag-off of the Local Government staff head count which took off at Olorunda Local Government as well as Olorunda North and South Local Council Development Areas of the State respectively.

Elder Babalola who was represented by the Commissioner 1 of the Agency, Mr. Kehinde Olamolu stated that it is necessary and mandatory for Local Government staff to wake up to their responsibilities for effective performance as truancy, absenteeism, indolence and inefficiency will no longer be tolerated by the government.

Mr. Olamolu reiterated the fact that in as much as government pays the staff salaries regularly, it is expected that they should reciprocate the gesture by being diligent in their duties.

He said that the head count exercise would be a continuous one and would take place in all the Local Governments and the Local Council Development areas of the State to determine the number of staff in all the council areas.