Don’t Take Saturday’s Polls Lightly – Osun APC Tells Citizens

…urges them to come out en masse

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state of Osun has urged citizens of the state, especially its supporters to come out en-masse on Saturday to vote for those who they would prefer to be in charge of their local governments, adding that it is a responsibility they should not take lightly.

According to the party, “participation in local government election is as important as any other election in the country and for locals, it should perhaps be more important for residents of the locality because it is their closest interaction with governance through which they can be heard.”

In a statement from the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi, the APC said that “since it is official from the state electoral commission that the election is holding on Saturday and since no other agency is authorised by law to do so, it is imperative that voters turn up for the election.

“Nobody should allow himself/herself to be deceived that there will be no voting on that day. Anyone who says so will be attempting to fool you; so you have to come out and vote for your choice of candidate.” the APC said.

The party further declared that, “any party that is not participating in the election may be doing so either out of ignorance or fear of possible disgraceful failure at the polls or both.

“Although the APC already has 280 of its candidates returned unopposed out of the 389 wards that’s not a reason to take victory for granted in the remaining 109 wards up for the grabs”, the party warned its supporters.

According to the release, “Go out on Saturday and register a decisive victory by voting for the APC from the rest of the contest, the local government election will give a vivid indication of what the governorship contest of September will be. The APC expects no less than a resounding victory.

“As you read this, the PDP, which is the most vitriolic opposition party we have in Osun, is so disorganised that its centre cannot hold. Besides, all efforts to patch the factions together have repeatedly failed; which is an indication that the party is incapable of governing.

“They are falling apart even before the people of Osun show them the red card for the fourth time. The first time the PDP got the red card was in 2003, (but it took the court’s intervention in 2010 to stop PDP from stealing victory). The second time was just under a year that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola came to power in 2011. That was when Sen. Iyiola Omisore and others were removed from the National Assembly.

“The third humiliation of Omisore and the PDP was in 2014 when in spite of the massive deployment of Federal might in the ex-Senator’s favour, he lost the governorship election woefully.

“The fourth time will be a double on Saturday and in September 2018 that crushing defeats in both the council and governorship elections will nail the coffins of the PDP once and for all.

“That will be the crowning glory for a brilliant patriot of Osun origin who has so robustly fought a monstrosity called PDP from stopping progress in Osun. God bless Ogbeni.” the APC concluded.

Osun LG Election: APC To Embark On 5-Day Campaign In Ile Ife

 

By Sodiq Lawal

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ife Central and Ife Central West  has disclosed that the party will embark on 5-day campaign for the upcoming local government elections in the State of Osun.

 

The Secretary of APC in  Ife Central Local Government, Hon Olufemi Francis who spoke to our correspondent on Thursday said the party in Ife Central and Ife Central West will jointly commence a 5-days rally for all candidates from the grassroots to the state level.

 

He added that the campaign will begin on Saturday and end on Wednesday.

 

The Secretary however urged party members and Ife sons and daughters to turn out in folds for the campaign.

Osun APC Felicitates With Chief Bisi Akande On 79th Birthday

By Nofisat Marindoti

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State of Osun, has congratulated Chief Adebisi Akande on the occasion of his 79th birthday.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesman, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, APC said the party joined families and friends of the chieftain to honour and celebrate some of his grand achievements.

According to the release, “It was to the credit of Akande that APC was nursed until it was given birth to in 2013. We had to depend on his wisdom and political sagacity in putting together parties of different orientations into one cohesive family that we are today.

“We celebrate his uncommon wisdom, which was not appreciated by some, at the time he was Governor in placing this state on a firm foundation administratively.”

APC said Akande would be treasured for his statesmanship which cuts across party lines and has brought him to the forefront of national leadership.

“Papa turns 79 today, we wish him many more glorious years of selfless service to Osun and the country in general.” the release added.

Meanwhile, the immediate past Honourable Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in the State of Osun, Dr. Adewale Bolorunduro, has also felicitated with founding Interim Chairman of the APC, on his Birthday.

In a congratulatory message to mark the birthday of the elder statesman released by his Media Office in Ilesa, Dr. Bolorunduro extolled Chief Akande for his wisdom, sacrifices, forthrightness, patriotism and astute leadership acumen; right from his days of service in the Old Oyo State.

Dr. Bolorunduro described the tenure of Chief Adebisi Akande as Governor of Osun between 1999 and 2003 as one which was “characterized by selfless service and monumental development to mankind leading to a solid foundation for the progressive governance of the Rauf Aregbesola – led Administration.”

“Chief Adebisi Akande, Baba Omo Kekeke himself, has continued to be a bridge between the present and the past with his enormous wealth of experience in public service as a true democrat which has been of immense benefit to many of us who are his political children”, the Former Commissioner added.

He prayed that the Almighty God grant “Chief Akande longer life, more strength, increased wisdom and vitality as his experience is still direly needed especially as Nigeria and the State of Osun moves into another critical electioneering period.’’

Osun APC Congratulates Party’s Spokesperson On Birthday

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun has joined friends, family members, professional colleagues and associates to congratulate the party’s Director Of Publicity, Research And Strategy, Barrister Olukunle Isreal Oyatomi on his birthday.

The Osun APC described Kunle Oyatomi as a patriotic, loyal and an exemplary pen pusher.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the party and made available to newsmen.

Barrister Kunle Oyatomi is according to the party an outstanding journalist of repute who has used his journalistic experience for the development of the party and has also worked assiduously for the success of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.

The APC family therefore prayed that God Almighty should grant Oyatomi good health, wisdom and the strength to continue to serve the party, the state and the country

APC Leader Lauds Aregbesola’s Administration

By Sodiq Lawal

The Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ife Central branch, Hon. Adekilekun lateef, has commended Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the transparent and judicious management of state affairs in spite of lean resources.

In an exclusive interview with Osun Defender correspondent in Ile Ife, Lateef attributed the economic woes bedeviling the state and the country to the alleged mismanagement of the nation’s resources by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He lauded Arebesola for securing and safeguarding the present and future of the citizens of the state.

Hon Lateef extolled the governor’s leadership skills in promoting harmony, peace and unity across the state.

While calling for the massive support of the people for the giant strides of the government, the party leader appreciated the governor for executing developmental projects for the benefit of the people in spite of the hardship experienced nationwide.

He however urged youths in the State of Osun to shun all forms of violence in the forth-coming elections.

APC Mourns Osun Ex-Adviser, Amuda

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun has expressed shock at the sudden death of former Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Works, Engineer Sabitu Amuda.

Amuda died in the early hours of Sunday after a brief illness.

A statement signed by the State Secretary of the party, Hon Rasaq Salinsile described the death of the deceased as a great loss to Iwo Community, Osun and Nigeria at large.

The Late Sabitu Amuda

The statement read: “Osun has lost one of its leading stars whose contributions to the development of the state will be greatly missed”.

“The Late Amuda served as Special Adviser on Works & Infrastructures during the first term of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and was an active member of the ruling party in the state until his death.

“He was always bothered about how to move the state forward.

“On behalf of Osun APC and Iwo community, we identify with the Amuda family at this trying period and pray God Almighty will comfort them and grant his gentle soul peaceful rest.”

Osun APC Says Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Deserves Best Governor Award

The eulogy, praise and the recognition that has come the way of the Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola from home and abroad in recent times has been described as a welcome development.

The Osun state APC on Saturday submitted that what Aregbesola has achieved in the state of the living spring, will outlive his critics submitting that those who irrationally condemn the governor may actually be intellectually challenged.

Director, Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi in a statement made available to newsmen referred to the critics and members of the opposition as politicians acting in a politically irresponsible way, feigning ignorance and denying the facts and the available demonstrable and clear evidence.

‘And the pleasant surprise, or some may say irony, is that Aregbesola is being singled out for those things he has done which the PDP and the other critics had vehemently denied and claimed it did not exist at all, it is also strange that on the one hand, the position of the opposition is that

Aregbesola has done nothing whatsoever to improve the lives of the people and on the other hand, they shamelessly threaten to either stop, demolish or suspend every project which in their reckoning is too ‘sophisticated’ for the people of Osun state. They also claimed that the state has been the “worst” for it since the Aregbesola-led APC government came into power seven years ago. However, only last Thursday, the Yoruba Professionals, home and abroad, declared Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the ‘Best’ performing governor for the year 2017.

This should make the PDP bury its head in shame because these set of people are not simpletons like most of the Aregbesola’s critics, but rather professionals with stable minds, depth of scholarship and a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to adjudge a governor the ‘best’ among his colleagues’ the party stated.

The party further said that it was not surprised that the state PDP has been unusual silent since the Award was made public, the opposition party according to the APC, possibly realized what further damage a negative comment would do to the party’s already rotten image as liars, falsifiers of data and the people in denial of what stares them in the face.

‘Anybody who has not read the reasons the Yoruba Professionals gave for bestowing the award on Governor Rauf Aregbesola will do himself or herself a lot of good getting that done and those who had already done that may also take a second look at it. It was not a sentimental exercise the group had a goal in mind to award excellence its due, after vigorous assessment of the empirical evidence on ground.

As professionals, they acted professionally. It will be interesting to read or hear (or both) from the PDP what demonstrable evidence they will advance against the judgement of the Yoruba Professionals. One thing is sure though; the submission made by the professionals among others, will certainly lead the debate in the run-up to the governorship election in September’ Oyatomi said.

Thank You For Your Loyalty- APC to Osun People

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun has praised the people of the state, including the civil servants for ‘their loyalty and understanding in the difficult period of massive economic recession that Nigeria has been living through since 2014’.

In particular, the APC said that the party was ‘proud of the people’s resilience and determination to forge ahead with progressive ideas in spite of the difficulties that 2017 has presented’.

These compliments were contained in the end of the year message from the party’s chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, issued to the media in Osogbo on Sunday.

According to the party, ‘regardless that the state is one of the least resourced in the Nigerian Federation, it has demonstrated perhaps the most innovative capabilities in effecting the changes and developments necessary for economic growth in unprecedented circumstances.

‘We have seen one of the most destructive opposition yet in Osun over the last seven years and the most evil campaign is in the making to lay to waste all that Aregbesola-led APC government has done since 2010.

‘But you, the people of Osun have seen it all; you have experienced the difference between light and darkness, evil and good and you are in the best position to make a choice.

‘In 2014, amid a vicious PDP campaign, which drew blood and tears from the people, Osun stood firm behind the good, and they threw evil into the garbage heap.

‘Yet, for the second time in four years, the good people of Osun will again be required to decide whether they will reject the evil as they did in 2014. That momentous year starts this January.

‘In 2003, Osun made a terrible mistake to give the PDP a chance. It was such horrible experience that in 2007, they had to vote that party out of office. Their choice was violated until 2010 when justice was served.

‘However, evil continued to fight to steal the soul of Osun, but in spite of all the then Federal might and force of violence, the people of Osun stood their grounds and the PDP was again rejected.

‘This year, they will be pitching up a battle royale in the unlikely event of attempting to capture Osun and avenge 2007 and 2014. And like wounded lions, they will ravage the state by discontinuing every policy of the APC (God forbid) that had brought joy to the people of Osun’, the APC warned.

‘Let it be stated in very clear terms; the APC has confidence and trust in the people of Osun that they will vote to continue with the progress so far made by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. That means they will decide to retain APC in power.
It takes a united people to decide to sustain progressive government. We therefore urge the people that in the interest of their children and grandchildren, nothing should be allowed to truncate the progress made in education, in infrastructure, in agriculture and in social welfare as well as in the economy of Osun.

‘We are in the dawn of a new era when Osun will ranked further amongst the leading states of the Federation. And CONTINUITY will be the gateway into that era’, the APC declared.

APC Berates Omisore For calling Osun Civil Service State

By Nofisat Adeoye

The All Progressives Congress, APC in the State of Osun has berated a former Deputy Governor of the state, Sen. Iyiola Omisore for tagging the state as a civil service state.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the party said the statement could only have come from someone with no political experience of government.

“To call Osun a civil service state is absolute nonsense. Any politician with that mentality or attitude or both can never ever develop a state. The civil servants are a fraction of the totality of government and they constitute in most cases, less than 1% of the population.

“They are an important part of government, admittedly but they are not the reason government exists. Government exists for 100% citizens of the state and justice demands that all be treated equally and helped to contribute to the overall development of the state.

The APC added that workers only constitute 5% of the state population and shouldn’t be given priority over other people and sections of the state.

“Only an ignorant politician will be in government as head of the executive and give unequal priority to any section of the state. If the civil servants deserve salaries because they work for it, all other citizens also have right to social services which every citizen, including civil servants enjoy.”

“So, it is clear if Omisore had been governor since 2010, he could never have handled the crisis that hit Nigeria, including Osun since 2013. Ninety per cent of what Aregbesola has done in Osun today would never have seen the light of day because Omisore will be busy using all Osun money to pay salaries and to succeed even at that, he would have needed to take loans to pay workers’ salaries.

“And in the case of Osun, these workers represent only 5% of the population.
You can therefore imagine what state of squalor and underdevelopment Osun would have been today.” the release read in part.

APC Berates PDP Over Rice Distribution To Members In Osun

By Nofisat Adeoye

The All Progressives Congress, APC,in the State of Osun has berated the Sen. Iyiola Omisore-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for distributing rice to its members ahead the upcoming Christmas.

The PDP had on Thursday distributed some bags of rice to its members at its factional secretariat in Osogbo, the State capital.

The APC, through a release signed by its spokesperson, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, tagged the rice distribution as a “shameless strategy that cannot make a politician win a governorship election” and as an insult to the people of the state.

“The food-for-vote strategy, which the PDP had been applying for over a decade didn’t work in the past and will fail again in 2018. For the PDP to pretend that rice gift can also unite the fractious party is delusional.”

“However, the people of Osun know what the PDP is worth in governance and such naive gesture will infuriate the majority of them and backfire on the party’s face rather than giving it any chance whatsoever in taking over from the APC come 2018.” the party added.

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.”