2018: APC Urges Candidates To Embark On Intensive Campaigns

…says party will not cajole votes for candidates

By Nofisat Marindoti

Ahead of the governorship election in the State of Osun, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State, Prince Adegboyega Famodun has charged all candidates to embark on intensive campaigns so as to be victorious in the election.

Famodun stated that was because the Party would not use any extra electoral process in assisting any of its candidate in the forth coming Local government election in the state.

Prince Famodun disclosed this in Osogbo while addressing APC Candidates in the election.

The Chairman explained that the achievements of APC government in the state would place all the candidates in an advantageous position ahead of other parties.

Prince Famodun argued that despite paucity of funds, the State government of Osun was far ahead of its contemporaries in the Country in the implementation of numerous projects.

The Chairman disclosed that the party was being challenged in some parts of the state, debunking the notion that the election was being boycotted by opposition parties.

Speaking in an interview, the Secretary of the APC in Osun State Honourable Ayobami Rasak Salinsile disclosed that out of 385 Wards in the State, oppositions are challenging APC candidates in 125 places.

Honourable Salinsile expressed confidence that APC would emerge victorious in all the Wards.

With Osun APC 2018- The Future Is Bright

By Sodiq Lawal

Fellow brethren, It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Nigeria is out of recession! So, let all men of goodwill clink glasses in celebration of the valuable worth of a
country that will neither wear out nor rust out!

Having said that, to say that all is well with party politics in State of Osun, especially, as 2018 draws nearer, depends on which side the observer is looking at. Like Siamese twins, things are scarily looking up for the ruling party and the opposition is closer to fire than it is to frying pan.

The political lion and the economic bear are strategizing; even the wolves and the hyenas of our ethno-religious belongingness are waiting in the wings, desperately hoping to devour whatever remains of the country called Nigeria. It is therefore time Nigeria’s David woke up to the responsibility of killing the uncircumcised Philistines before they kill Nigeria dead. In my considered opinion, such an important task must start from the State of Osun! For all, I care, Peoples Democratic Party ,(PDP) brought us to this sorry past and it should not be allowed to take us for collective amnesiacs.

All about Osun is not a tale of woes. As a matter of fact, the state has gone too far to look back and credit must be given to the forward- looking governor. Within a very short period of seven years, Aregbesola has given a new hope of a state gloriously conquering, not miserably failing!

For example, while the state continues to pay sufficient attention to the education of its students, every teacher on its payroll now knows that he or she has the potentials to rise up to the topmost level of his or her career. Through activities of the Osun Broilers Outgrowers Programme Scheme, OBOPS, the state has not only “placed Osun second to Oyo State in broiler production in the country” , “about 1,000 farmers and over-3,000 food vendors” have also been gainfully employed.

In Osun, cases of Poliomyelitis are now consigned to the past due to the administration’s effective and extensive immunization initiatives. It will also interest readers to know that the state came 9th in the just- concluded National Youth Games with 9 Gold (including 3 Non- Scoring), 5 Silver and 4 Bronze medals, the first of its kind in a long while.

In ‘Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears’ , Tom Lutz wrote: “Professional mourners have not so much disappeared over the last millennium; they have simply donned robes and stopped crying.” To be fair to posterity, it is because of who we are that we are where we are! For example, even if APC is such “a coat of many clouds” and PDP, “a blind giant groping in the dark” , have we ever tasked those condemning the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to contemplate Nigeria’s present state had Goodluck Jonathan remained in power beyond 2015?

On the other hand, how do we draw a healthy line of distinction between social welfare and ‘stomach infrastructure’ and why should a man with the handkerchief be found in a sweating mode? Again, who is a better politician: one who builds bridges across the Niger through massive investment in his people’s future or one who merely ‘constructs bridges’ across the stomach?

Well, Aregbesola’s strides in the midst of the opposition’s brickbats bring to memory the Story of the Twelve Spies. Of the twelve sent out to “explore the Promised Land and give a report to Moses and the people” , only two – Joshua and Caleb – actually came back with a report of hope and possession as contrasted with the frightening arrogation of largeness, fortification and power to the city and its occupants by the other explorers. But then, God’s promise of giving the land to His chosen ones was not unfulfilled. Even at that, my Bible didn’t tell me that the spies’ return to the Wilderness of Paran at the end of their assignment put a lid on the plight of the Israelites on their way to New Jerusalem. May principalities and powers, assigned to rubbish our leaders’ efforts, backfire!

No doubt, the only party where lies effective transformation like we all are witnessing today in the State of Osun is the All Progressives Congress (APC). The current situation in the state of Osun is progress in all her Sectors. From infrastructural development, to agricultural development, to education, improved health sector, Urban renewal, job creation, youth and women empowerment and many other developmental projects.

With all sincerity, what we need now is continuity to the effective transformational plans of the present Government led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. He is a good leader which he has demonstrated over the years in deeds, words and actions.

Undoubtedly, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has brought to the doorstep of every household a dividend of democracy. He has made Osun a reference point to effective developments.

It might interest us to know that apart from Lagos State, Osun remains the only State that has concentrated the largest chunk of her resources to bring meaningful development on education. Ogbeni’s administration has constructed new 70-State-of-the-art educational facilities for elementary, middle and high School Pupils/ Students with a complementary renovation of additional 1,500 Classrooms. Timely approval and construction of over 1000kms of rural and Urban roads, programs such as O-YES ( Osun Youth empowerment Scheme) has produced 40,000 jobs to teeming Youths in Osun, which has drastically reduced the unemployment rate according to publication of the National Bureau of Statistics as also recognised by the World Bank.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has consciously improved Osun in all sectors, hence, the hope for Osun State lies in the continuity of the present APC government and adequate support to whoever wins the ticket to succeed the Governor in Office.

Osun 2018: Aregbesola Urges Corps Members To Eschew Gratifications, Inducement

By Nofisat Marindoti
Governor Rauf Aregbesola has admonished members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to eschew all forms of gratifications and inducement when employed as ad-hoc staff during the upcoming governorship elections in the state.
Aregbesola gave the admonition while declaring open the 2017 Batch Stream II, NYSC orientation programme for the State of Osun, at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Ede.
Aregbesola who was represented by the state Commissioner of Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs Folake Adegboyega, said the state was moving into a crucial period as elections were around the corner.
He said the corps members would be playing vital role in determining the substance of democracy, as the collaboration between INEC and NYSC would see them participate as ad-hoc staff during elections.
“I want to admonish you to eschew all forms of gratifications and inducement capable of marring the
effectiveness and credibility of the collaboration between NYSC and INEC.
“Since 2011, patriots like you have joined INEC in ensuring the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country.
“I want you to re-calibrate your minds to live up to the good name built by your predecessors who have participated in similar processes in the past.”
Osun State Coordinator of NYSC,Mr Emmanuel Attah, in his welcome address, advised the corps members to build and maintain quality friendships during the orientation and after.
Attah equally urged the corps members to ensure that they abide by every laid down rules and regulation of the NYSC Bye-laws and Act.
He said a total of 2059 corps members deployed to the state were undergoing orientation in the NYSC camp and that the figure includes corps member dislodged from Ekiti and Ondo States.
He said a total of 1156 males and 903 females, duly registered, would be sworn-in as bonafide corps members of Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states, adding that Osun would however be playing host to Ekiti and Ondo states corps members.
The Chief Judge of Osun, Justice Adepele Ojo later administered the national pledge and oath of allegiance on the prospective corps members making them bonafide members of NYSC 2017 Batch B, stream II.

Accord Party Boasts To Win Osun Governorship – Party Secretary

By Sodiq Lawal

Despite its little capacity of membership and political clout, the Accord Party in the State of Osun has boasted that it will provide good leadership if the party takes power from the ruling party in this year’s Governorship Election.

The Secretary of the Accord Party, Ife Central branch, Hon. Adedeji Olayinka disclosed this in an interview our correspondent in Ile Ife.

The Accord Party did not win a single unit, ward, local government or senatorial district in the 2014 elections that produced the sitting Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in office.

The All Progressives Congress APC has also vowed to reclaim the seat and beat all parties hands down in the September, 2018 elections as a testimony to the unprecedented achievements of Governor Aregbesola in his two terms of governing the State of Osun.

Olayinka who opined that residents of the state are tired of both the APC and PDP administration with the Accord party being an alternative.

According to him, “the reformed Accord Party is working assiduously to make life more meaningful for Osun and as you can see all hands are on deck to ensure the party provides the people with good governance rooted in democratic ethos.”

Ademola Adeleke Denies Interest In Osun Governorship

The Senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, Ademola Adeleke has distanced himself from those jostling for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP for September’s Governorship Election in the state.

In a statement by Dele Adeleke on his behalf, the senator said contrary to the report of an online medium that he plans to declare a governorship ambition very soon.

Senator Adeleke said rather than contest, efforts to settle the crisis within the PDP is his priority.

The statement reads “The Senator appreciates the flow of goodwill and love from well wishers across the state but this story from “SPEARGIST” is nothing but falsehood.”

“Senator Ademola Adeleke remains committed to his mandate and topmost on his priority list remains the unification of our party and the healing of wounds that the protracted division had caused.”

“Let no one stain the good memories of our dearly beloved departed brother and leader of the masses; Alh Isiaka
Adetunji Adeleke with cheap politicisation of a day to honour him.”

Osun 2018: Omisore Distributes N2,000, Ankara Materials To Electorate (VIDEO)

Ahead of the September 22, 2018 Governorship Elections in Osun, a former Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Iyiola Omisore in the video below is seen distributing cash sum of N2,000 and Ankara Fabrics to the Electorate.

The programme was said to be an empowerment programme for the Masses by the PDP Governorship Aspirant.

Omisore Is Not Qualified To Rubbish My Administration – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has posited that the former Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Iyiola Omisore is unqualified to mock his administration.

Aregbesola said Omisore who could not do anything for the state and his Ile-Ife hometown throughout his 8 years in the Senate even as the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, has no right to rubbish his achievements in office so far.

He thereby cautioned him to desist from misleading the people of the state with falsehood about the current administration in the state.

The Governor said this at a colloquium organised by a youth group in the state under the auspices of Progressive e-Group in Osogbo, the State capital where his seven years of administering the state was reviewed.

Aregbesola who frowned at the rate at which Omisore that did not do anything for the state and his Ile-Ife hometown with his position in the Senate condemns his government with passion, said he has fulfilled his campaign promises and made positive impact in the lives of people of the state.

“Omisore is not qualified to rubbish my administration. For the 8 years he spent in the state and in spite of his position as the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Omisore did not do anything for our people and even the people of Ile-Ife where he hails from.

“Before Omisore could be entitled to condemn my government, he should go to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and complete the refund of the fund that he looted from national treasury ”

The Governor commended the Progressive e-Group and the entire youths in the state for their genuine interest in the development of the state and urged them to ignore the falsehood and misleading information by Omisore who is bent on rubbishing his government.

The Coordinator of the Progressives e-Group, Mr Mudasir Ayanfe in his address said the group was established 4 years ago to build synergy and fellowship among youths and those who patriotically believed in the administrative style of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

According to him, “We established the group in order to collectively showcase Aregbesola’s laudable programmes to the populace in one hand and extensively engage propagandists with facts and figures on the other hand.

“With sincerity of purpose of promoting good governance across board and continuous belief in the leadership style of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the group that started in 2014 as a local platform has become an official online media team of All Progressives Congress, State of Osun courtesy of our pragmatic Party Chairman – Prince Gboyega Famodun, a household name in the six States of south west and recently, a media extension at Presidency of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Mudasir said members of the group are proud of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s projects and modest achievements in office and that is why they are promoting him.

Dignitaries on the occasion include the Speaker of Osun State of Assembly, Hon Najeem Salaam, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Kolapo Alimi among others.

Osun 2018: Aregbesola Promises Worthy Successor, Commends Workers In New Year Message

Being the last New Year message to the people of the State of Osun, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said that he would handover the mantle of leadership of the state to a worthy successor from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Aregbesola, in his new year message to the people of the state, maintained that Osun must never be ruled by people or political party that would return the state to the inglorious state.

The governor, therefore, charged the people of the state to continue making a right choice of supporting the APC government and refused to be compromised, manipulated and intimidated by the opposition parties.

He said: “This is an election year in which our tenure will end and a successor must emerge. It is my solemn promise that we will not leave in a vacuum.

“In consultation with our leaders and the member of our great party, we will careful select and present to you a successor that belongs to our political tradition of progressive people oriented leadership, a person of integrity, who shares our aspirations and will take governance to the next level from where we stopped.

“ I want you therefore to conduct yourselves with the same dignity and courage of Omoluabi – a people whose conscience and soul cannot be bought, that cannot be intimidated with guns and dogs and who stand firm behind the progressive rock of political leadership.”

Aregbesola warned politicians from disturbing the peace of the state with any move capable of undermining the security and peaceful atmosphere of the state.

The governor said: “In the New Year, political desperado hell bent on precipitating crisis and mayhem will want to egg some misguided individuals into conducting themselves unseemly and disturb the peace and serenity of the state.

“We support the democratic expression of grievances through peaceful protests and other legitimate means. Nevertheless, all form of social agitation, be it economic, political or social, must not be done to the detriment of others.

“We have the mandate and strong intention to protect the right of others to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and go about their lawful duties without molestation, let or hindrance.”

He commended the workers of the state for their sacrifice, understanding and the willingness to do and support what is right, and not what is convenient, in the past seven years.

“I must in particular thank all the workers in the state who have laboured with us for the successful implementation of our programmes and are therefore part and parcel of our success story, especially those who have had to endure 75 per cent and 50 per cent salary regime since July 2015”, he said.

Making his stewardship, Aregbesola said: “For the past seven years, we have laboured to bring people centred progressive governance to Osun.

“This has been visible in youth, vulnerable senior citizens and women empowerment, agriculture development, industrialisation, infrastructure development, education, job creation, human development, water resources development, urban renewal and so on.

“All these have transformed Osun and projected it positively beyond what we met. Osun has now become the reference point in prudent management of resources and responsible governance.”

Osun PDP Is ‘Clinically’ Dead – Commissioner

…There Is No Crisis In Osun PDP, Party Chieftain Insists

By Nofisat Adeoye

Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, State of Osun, Engr. Oluremi Omowaiye, has posited that the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is “clinically dead”.

Omowaiye said the party has no kidney, no liver and has resorted to lies and blackmail against the state government to propagate its agenda.

The Commissioner stated this on a popular radio programme monitored by OSUN DEFENDER.

“The PDP is clinically dead, it has no kidney, no liver and the party is now thinking with its anus. There is no hope for PDP in Osun and the party members know this.

“This is a party that its secretary defected from few days ago, a party that has no chairman in the state, a party that has no structure and that its National Chairman has even been dragged to court. I boldly say that PDP is gone in the state.” Omowaiye added.

“PDP is a bad product to sell and sympathise with my brother for trying so hard to sell a dead party”

However in a swift response, a chieftain of the PDP who was also on the radio programme, Mr Akin Adeyi said the party is not dead or dying and is not in any crisis.

He said there had been no official statement against the chairman of the state caretaker committee and that the secretary who defected from the party only did because his boss defected and he had no choice.

Responding to the Adeyi’s claim that the state government has only embarked on capital projects at the expense of dying workers, Omowaiye said the state had only embarked on projects which would benefit the majority of the Osun people.

He noted that Government is not all about paying salaries and that the State government had only embarked on projects which are economically viable to the state.

“We know the PDP does not value infrastructure and you are only defending your dead party. Over 80% was used for workers from the first and second tranche of Paris club Refund and we know Government is not about paying workers alone.

“Look at the roads we have built, over 70 new schools, the markets and other infrastructural developments. When there was resources in the state, the PDP could not do it anything much less when there is limited resources in the state now.

“Osun people know the truth. We thank the State workers for their understanding.”

Osun 2018: ‘It Will Be Impossible For PDP To Return’

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said that with the noticeable all round development in the state, it would be highly impossible for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to come back to power in Osun.

The Governor while flagging off the distribution of over 15,000 health incentives to pregnant women in Osun held that Osun citizens having compared the wasteful reign of the PDP and the progressives’ developmental stride, will not make the mistake of voting the PDP in the coming election.

Aregbesola also commended traditional rulers in the state for their supports to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of the virtuous.

He said, over 15,000 health incentives will be given to pregnant women in a programme tagged “Saving One Million Lives Programme For Results (SOML PforR), Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Mama Kits Distribution” a federal government and World Bank assisted project.

Aregbesola who promised that the present administration would continue to pursue its health policy with all doggedness and commitment, reminded the audience that his major campaign promise was the restoration of healthy living among the people.

He added that since inception, his administration has embarked on the renovation, rehabilitation and upgrading of the nine state hospitals to ensure public accessibility to qualitative healthcare services in all parts of the state.

The Governor also recalled the Public Private Partnership (PPP) which entails the outsourcing of the pharmacy units of all State Hospitals in order to have regular availability of effective and safe drugs.

He then commended the management of the Osun Ambulance scheme for saving thousands of lives since the programme kick-started in 2013.

Aregbesola said, “With all we have done to develop the state, it is highly impossible for the PDP to ever have a say in the governance of this state. With their wasteful seven and half years, the people of the state have totally rejected them.

“Also, we have been providing and will continue to provide essential drugs and medical consumables in all our hospitals.

“O’Ambulance is another success story. The scheme was introduced in 2013 when 50 state-of-the-art ambulance vehicles were put on the road for medical emergencies, a scheme which has been used to save a lot of lives in situations of emergency in the state.

“In 2016 alone, O’Ambulance saved 1774 lives. Between January and March this year, it has also saved 630 lives”, Aregbesola stated.

PDP Is Ready for Pro-People Governance -Olawale Rasheed

A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun state, Mallam Olawale Rasheed has affirmed that the party is ready for a pro-people government with a validated governance agenda.

In a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by the Chairman, Policy Committee of his Campaign Organization, Dr Arowolo Olusegun, the aspirant posited that the current leadership tussle within the party is “a temporary hiccup which in no way affects the policy and governance preparedness of the party once it secures the peoples’ mandate by September next year.

” We make bold to declare that the PDP is not only ready for governance but for pro-people leadership and programmes that will attend to the wishes and aspirations of our people. Our agenda is not just good governance but people-centered policies designed to restore the well being of the state.

“We are convinced that the goal of any responsive government is the welfare of the citizens. Our policies are thus tailored towards placing human development as major preoccupation especially as the current administration has relegated same to the backwater of governance.PDP governance mantra is power and greatest good to the public.

“We have sustainable alternative programmes and policies in education,health,youth development,infrastructure ,the real sector as well an action plan to rid the state of huge debt within a two term tenure. Our policy focus is about community and societal prosperity through pro-people programmes”,the statement noted.

The governorship aspirant posited further that the party’s policy plan will address issues such as accessibility and affordability of higher education,youth employment and employability crisis,sustainable workers’ welfare and diaspora support and integration,adding that “a validated local content plan on infrastructure development is already concluded.

“Most importantly ,we will embark on large scale open government initiatives.We will in practical terms embrace open budget,access to information,open procurement and strict transparency and accountability in government finance. In short,a PDP government will return governance to the people”,the statement concluded.