Osun Govt Accuses Opposition of Vandalizing Bridges

The State Government of Osun has accused the opposition of vandalizing some infrastructural projects being done by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s admimistration in some parts of Osogbo, the state capital.

The accusation came on the heel of the vandalization of November 26 and August 9 bridges of the Osogbo-East bypass by some yet to be known vandals.

About six feet of the rod used for the expansion joint of the November 26 bridge on the Osun river was
cut away and street light armoured cables were also carted away by the vandals.

At the August 9 bridge, four cast iron which allow surface run off water on the bridge, according to the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Kazem Salami were also stolen.

Speaking at the inspection of the bridges, Salami who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, described the incident as a deliberate sabotage of the infrastructure by some ‘enemies of progress’.

Salami, who dismissed the rumour that the bridge was about to collapse maintained that the vandalized section of the bridge does not in anyway have structural defect on it, stressing that the bridges would last for 30 years before any maintenance work on them would be necessary.

He explained that the expansion joint vandalised was just to take care of the elasticity of the concrete on the bridge, stating that there is no structural defect on them.

The commissioner said: “This is November 26, bridge; some enemies of progress came about two weeks ago and removed all the armoured cable at the side of the parapet wall. They came again on the bridge and cut the binder cords that support the material for the expansion joint.

“They cut some section of the binder cord away. Concrete is a special material. It expands when there is heat and contrast when there is cold. That is why the cords are put at the expansion joint to prevent crack at the joint. But the vandals came, broke the asphalt and cut away the binder cords.

“The contractor has replaced the cords and that is why traffic is diverted for curing period.

“The enemies of progress just wanted to destroy Aregbesola’s job, and they cannot succeed. If any bridge is going to collapse, it is not any of the bridges Aregbesola constructed. The construction strength of these bridges is higher than others anywhere in Nigeria.

Commenting, Baderinwa, the commissioner for Information and Strategy said: “When you look at the kind of work being carried out as far as road construction is concerned in the state, you will appreciate the infrastructural development; only for ignoble people that would start vandalizing the projects. It is the most criminal thing for anybody to do! It is a deliberate sabotage by enemies of this government and the people of the state.

“After November 27th this year, the administration of Aregbesola will be over, but these bridges, like other projects in the state would remain for another 50 years unrepaired. If we have these kind of infrastructure and you think the only thing to do is to start sabotaging, vandalizing them, it is the most unfortunate thing. I pity those who are doing it.

“To establish the sabotaging theory, the opposition people are the ones that first broke the news that the bridge was about to collapse. They were the one that started talking about it. I am throwing it as a challenge to them, that they are the ones that wanted to sabotage the bridge, but God says it is not possible for them.

“I put it to the oppositions in the state that they are the ones that made the attempt. Going by what the commissioner for Works and Transport said, if you firebomb these bridges, they are not going to cave in, that is the reality. But they are not aware of that fact, that is why they are making petty attempts.

“We are challenging them to deny the fact that they are not the ones who first broke the news that the bridges was about to collapse. There is a Yoruba saying that a witch threatened yesterday and the child dies today; it is obvious the witch killed the child. They did it, they brought it to the notice of the public, they wanted to create crisis for the government and they wanted people to lose confidence in the projects being carried out. But unfortunately, as usual, they have failed.

PDP Borrowed To Pay Salaries – Semiu Okanlawon

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Information Strategy, Hon. Semiu Okanlawon, has revealed that the past administration by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, borrowed money to pay workers salaries.

This is in response to the criticism against Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration borrowing money to sponsor some developmental projects.

During a radio programme monitored by Osun Defender, Okanlawon said that the Oyinlola Olagunsoye’s administration borrowed 1bn every month to pay salary.

The Legal Adviser to the PDP who was also on the programme however, said the present administration has not completed any road project including the proposed airport among others in the state.

In a swift response, Okanlawon stated that the projects are ongoing, adding that while some has been completed, others are under construction.

“The projects are going on, construction work is taking place, most of the roads are completed while the Gbongan bridge is under construction. An aircraft can actually land in the present condition of the airport and those who know it worth has came to sign an MOU with the state government. It is just that PDP and its loyalists are gifted not to see good things, Aregbesola deserves kudos because he has used unprecedented means to catalyse Osun economy.”

“We inherited all loans granted Osun since its creation and even at that, Osun didn’t owe such mischievous loan as being accused by the opposition neither is it embarking on grandeurs projects.

“If PDP is accusing us of grandeurs projects, ask its members what they do while in Government for 16 years in Nigeria with 7 and a half years in Osun.”

“Osun people now knows better. We didn’t borrow such gargantuan funds as being alleged, the State Government is only borrowing as occasion demanded for the welfare of the people. PDP can never fool the collective psyches of Osun people.” Okanlawon added.

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.

PDP And Its Loyalists Are Gifted Not To See Good Things- Aregbesola’s Aide, Okanlawon

By Waheed Adekunle

The Special Adviser to the Governor of the State of Osun on Information and Strategy, Hon. Semiu Okanlawon, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of being too blind to see the achievements of the present administration.

Okanlawon said this on a radio programme on Friday.

The legal adviser to PDP, Chief Sunday Ojo Williams had stated that the ruling party has not completed any project in its seven years.

However, in a swift response, Okanlawon said Aregbesola deserved kudos because he had used unprecedented means to catalyse Osun economy in the last seven years.

Okanlawon described the PDP’s seven and a half years rule in the state as a complete waste.

The Aregbesola’s media aide asserted that the present administration in the state has not only raised the bar of governance but put in place enduring legacy in all aspects of the economy.

He accused PDP and its loyalists of being economical with the truth as regards the achievements made by his principal, noting that the Aregbesola’s administration has brought to the people of the state the aspired dividends of democracy.

According to Okanlawon, the seven and a half rule of PDP in the state was a total setback on the socioeconomic well-being of the people of the state.

“If PDP accuses us of grandeurs projects, ask its members what they do while in government for16 years in Nigeria and 7 and a half years in Osun.

“It is unfortunate that PDP lives on lies, mischief and all manner of things, if not they will not claim that the present administration had done nothing.

“For any discerning mind, it is crystal cleared that Osun has witnessed all round transformation, growth and development compared to what it was when PDP was in government in the state.

“If you travel round the state, one will see different infrastructural intervention of this government cut across the sectors be it education, security, health, agriculture among others.

“Prior to Aregbesola’s administration, the people of the state were wallowing in abject poverty, while a reasonable number of citizens were neither felt the impact of Governor nor receive the dividends of democracy.

“Our administration in spite the present economic situation has brought unprecedented infrastructure development that had become the cynosure of all eyes in the southwest region and Nigeria at large.

“As we know, this government was sent by God to salvage the people of the state and I am very confident that the people of Osun truly knew this and if not, they would not return our Governor for second term”, he stated.

‎Okanlawon added that the PDP legal Adviser, Ojo Williams, former Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Iyiola Omisore and other PDP loyalists have no moral integrity to fault Aregbesola’s government.

He said Osun and Nigeria as a country was led to its present economic woes due to PDP alleged mismanagement, stressing that Osun was almost run aground if not being rescued by his principal.

“Omisore, Ojo, entire PDP stalwarts and loyalists lack moral integrity, political justification to fault Aregbesola’s Government because they were the ones that led us to where we are today.

“It is shameful that PDP and its loyalists are pointing accusation fingers at us of borrowing, forgetting that they too borrowed while in government in spite the fact that they were unable to point at good things they did.

“Take for instance, our administration on its assumption inherited all loans granted Osun since its creation and it is on records that PDP also borrowed to execute some services then”.

Debunking the allegation of 500billion loan leveled against his principal, Okanlawon said ‘no right thinking individual will believe such allegation as the state doesn’t have capacity to borrow such money”.

Itemising the successes recorded by the Aregbesola led government, Okanlawon held that the present administration has repositioned Osun to its deserved position in the comity of states in Nigeria.

“When ‎we came to power in 2010, we mapped out strategy to redeem the economy of the state and the move later translated to the full implementation of our six-point integral action plan that had been yielding positive impact in the last seven years.

“We met Osun at comatose, thus working round the clock to bring the glory of the state back through the provision of massive infrastructure development particularly on education, security, agriculture and health sectors.

“Today, Osun has been rated as second wealthiest state in the country just as many of the state’s social intervention programmes had been replicated and adopted nationally and internationally”, Okanlawon emphasized.

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.”

EDITORIAL: PDP In Osun After The Convention Debacle

Are the Yoruba in the PDP just discovering that they have no place in that
party? From the moment Obasanjo left office in 1999, the Yoruba elements in the party were consigned to the dustbin With eggs splattered all over their faces, the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] players in the Southwest now have to find a new line in order to shore up whatever is left of their tattered credibility.

Incredibly, the new face-saving propaganda is that, “The vice presidency is going to be zoned to the Southwest”. Anyone who believes this fantasy is liable to believe just about anything including the proposition that pigs can fly.

It should by now be very obvious that the PDP has nothing to offer the Southwest. Niyi Akintola SAN, a Yoruba progressive, seminally observed few days ago in the aftermath of the Abuja debacle that, “Are the Yoruba in the PDP just discovering that they have no place in that party? From the moment Obasanjo left office in 1999, the Yoruba elements in the party were consigned to the dustbin… The stand of Governor Wike and his co-travelers that the Yoruba matters not in PDP is nothing new. It is simply a continuation of the segregation of the Yoruba from the mainstream of the PDP and its activities.’’

At best, the Southwest is just there to make up the numbers, much like the substitutes bench in a football match. Occasionally, they could have their usefulness, but that is just about it, very much like extras in another person’s movie.

There are valuable lessons to be learnt here, particularly in the State of Osun which has a governorship election coming up on the 22nd of September, 2018. It’s just round the corner, and it will be pivotal. The [divided] Osun State wing of the PDP with less than a year to go cannot be described as a government-in-waiting.

First of all, the party, organisationally is in disarray. They cannot even agree on a delegate list. If they cannot work out a give and take formula to harmonise a list of delegates to their own national convention, how on earth can they handle the increasingly complex mechanism of the government of the State of Osun?

The PDP clearly has nothing to offer the Yoruba at the center and is ill-prepared for governance in the state of Osun. The election is pivotal because Osun needs continuity.

There is a need to build upon the sterling progress made by seven years of dedicated work by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his team. It will be tragic to throw it all away by handing over the State to a fractitious, disheveled team with no clout at the center and no programme worth talking about to continue the rejuvenation and reconstruction of the state.

The debacle last Saturday has clearly put the State of Osun on notice. The PDP has nothing to offer the Yoruba nationality and its Osun wing is completely out of sync with the tremendous pro-people elevating progress made in the last seven years. The advance in every sphere is real, if you seek to know what Aregbesola has achieved, do come to the State of Osun and look around you.

The PDP which is clearly unfit to govern will reverse the gains and Osun will be back to square one. There is clearly no alternative now than to consolidate the gains through continuity. This model has worked admirably in Lagos and is vitally needed in Osun. You have been forewarned!

Crisis Edges Osun PDP Out Of National Convention

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The Internal crisis rocking Osun Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) will deny its participation and voting right in the PDP National Convention holding on Saturday in Abuja as a result of “irreconcilable difference”, over the local and state leadership of the party.

The indication emerged during the inauguration of the party convention main and sub-committee by the party National Caretaker Chairman Senator Ahmed Makarfi, as the state delegates were excluded from the convention delegate lists.

Osun local government and state congress as at the time of this report remained inconclusive and was excluded from congress report approved by the National Executive Council of the party last week.
Makarfi, had last week, sought the approval of the party leadership of the report of congresses as produced in nine states which includes; Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, and Osun.

While the party affirmed the conclusion of the ward, local government and state congresses in all the states, Makarfi said in the memo that only ward congress had been done in Osun.
Makarfi said, it has become practically impossible to make progress in conducting local and state congresses.

The implication is that the Osun branch would not be able to participate in the convention, except the statutory delegates recognized by the party’s constitution.

Since August that the party NEC has appointed Sharafadeen Ishola as the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the party in the state, all efforts to conduct an acceptable congress at the local and state level had been unsuccessful.

The statutory delegates that may participate in the convention includes Chief Shuaib Oyedokun, a Member of the Board of Trustee of the party; Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Trustee Member; Erelu Olusola Obada, former Minister; Mr Jelili Adesiyan, former Minister; Professor Wale Ladipo former National Secretary; Senator Ademola Adeleke representing Osun West; the two serving Federal House of Representative Members, Hon Albert Adeogun and Hon Wole Oke, and the two current serving House of Assembly Members.

The party’s NEC had at its meeting on August 12 dissolved all party structures in Osun state and ordered fresh congresses for the purpose of electing party executive at all levels.

The contest between Hon Soji Adagunodo and Dr Bayo Faforijin for the chairmanship of the party has split the party and both camps have rejected several consensus proposals from the caretaker committee headed by Sharafadeen Ishola.

Meanwhile, 19 PDP leaders from the state were inaugurated on Monday to serve in the various party national convention committees that would hold Saturday.

Prominent among the leaders are the two former Deputy Governor, Mrs Erelu Olusola Obada, Member Security Committee; Senator Iyiola Omisore, member Venue and Protocol Committee and Chief Francis Fadahunsi, Member Security Committee.

PDP Deceiving Osun Workers Over Salary – APC

The State of Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC has cautioned “mischievous politicians especially those in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP to stop deceiving Osun workers by spreading the false idea that the primary obligation of government is to pay workers’ salaries.

In a statement, the party said the primary responsibility of government is not to only pay workers salaries alone, but cater for the welfare of the general populace.

The party through its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr Kunle Oyatomi said the idea of the PDP in inciting the public against the government and creating chaos in the society which is not in the interest of government workers.

According to the party, “government has enormous responsibilities to the entire population of Osun; and all of these responsibilities are as important as paying salaries to workers. The difference between a failed and irresponsible government and a successful and responsible one is the ability to manage available or limited resources to satisfy the needs of the greatest possible number of the people from who the government derives its authority and legitimacy to govern.”

The APC said “it has become necessary to put a stop to the ungodly falsehood being circulated by few impressionable people who the PDP has deceived into believing the senseless idea that government exist only to pay workers’ salaries. Nothing could be farther from the truth.”

The APC praised government workers’ perseverance and urged them to understand the important position they occupy within the establishment.

The statement continued, “any political party like the PDP, that attempts to distract or misdirect the civil servants from this fundamental responsibility is an enemy of the people and the state”, such political party must be rejected and prevented from participating in governance in the State of Osun.”

The APC, however said Governor Rauf Aregbesola appreciates and commends the workers for their perseverance as well as their valued contributions to the success of his government.

It also urged the leadership of the state workforce to caution their members as any partisan attitude from them negates the principles of civil service.

“The governor and his government therefore deserve to be acknowledged, not scandalized as some negative people are openly doing in public places”, the APC said.

“They did it with awful consequences in 2003. It certainly won’t happen again in 2018 because Osun has changed beyond the imagination of the PDP and its cohort of hate-filled people”.

PDP Spent Seven And A Half Year In Govt But Has No Legacy To Show For It – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Adeoye

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has said the Peoples Democratic Party which ruled the state for seven and a half year, did not do anything all through its rule, saying the party has no legacy to show for it.

Aregbesola said this on a breakfast show on TV Continental on Wednesday as parts of events marking his administration’s seven years in government.

Aregbesola noted that while the PDP has no legacy to show for their administration, his government has succeeded in building 50 years solid foundation in all sectors.

“We inherited a state with no infrastructure, no agriculture, no rail, no road and no security and within our seven years in government, we have been able to navigate a greater tomorrow for the state of Osun”, Aregbesola Added.

“PDP mischievous campaign cannot last because its members can see the reality on ground, they spent seven and a half year in Osun Government but has no legacy to show for it whereas our administration has succeeded in building 50 years solid foundation in all sectors.

“We are meeting every aspiration of our people. PDP and its cohorts are only jittery of what they were unable to do while in government.

“Our administration has spent over 200billion naira to pay workers’ salaries and pensions since 2010 when we assumed office and the totality of what we have spent so far on physical infrastructure is less than N60billion.

“We have also recorded a proportional geometric increase in the percentage of external examinations. We are rebranding Osun so as to build and put in place all we need and deserve as a people.” Aregbesola added.


Osun PDP Leadership Crisis Worsen

By Shina Abubakar

The seeming leadership crisis in the State of Osun chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new dimension, as the party’s chance of achieving peaceful resolution seems impossible, just as the sacked Ali Modu Sheriff faction is hell-bent on holding on to leadership structure in the state.

The recent pronouncement of the Supreme Court on the legal status of the National leadership of the party was expected to put to rest, all issues regarding the crises confronting the opposition party, but the situation further deteriorated in some of the states where Sheriff’s faction hold sway, especially in the SouthWest.

Prior to the court’s pronouncement, the Osun situation was a bit different as the Soji Adagunodo faction has the majority of members of the party which is made up of the young generation of party followers while the Bayo Faforiji faction was in the minority and only enjoyed the support of Senator Iyiola Omisore before the judgment gave them acceptability.

It would be recalled that the Osun PDP crisis was not without the ambition of Senator Omisore to be the Governor of the state while the young breed and some elders in the party strictly opposed, giving room for division in the party prior to the crisis at the national level.

With the acceptability of Makarfi faction, the National leadership of the party recognised Bayo Faforiji as the party chairman in the state at the detriment of the majority members of the party, who were not favourably disposed to the arrangement.

To persuade the majority faction, a committee was set up to resolve the issue, with a view to maintaining unity in the party, in line with the spirit of the efforts to win the recently concluded Osun West Senatorial bye-election, but the National leadership has always given recognition to Dr. Bayo Faforiji as the chairman.

This situation did not go down well with the Adagunodo faction who believed it has the majority of party members and irrespective of the court judgment should enjoy priority in resolving the party crisis.

However, some of the factors working against the faction is the allegation of receiving N150 million from the Adeleke Family to prosecute the last senatorial bye-election, but a close associate of Adagunodo described the allegation as a figment of the imagination of those spreading it.

Another critical issue the faction is contending with is the role played by the former General Secretary of the party, Professor Wale Oladapo in relegating Senator Iyiola Omisore, as the other faction believed that he would have to pay for it now that the court had sacked him from the post.

But the Adagunodo faction also has strong bargaining power at its disposal, especially as the faction enjoyed the support of many of the young breed of the party and also many of the elders who were against the pseudo dominance of the party and is working towards making statement that the party belongs to the members not an individual.

Another stumbling block on the path of the Faforiji faction is the emergence of Senator Buruji Kashamu and others who rose against the leadership of Governor Ayodele Fayose in the region and would stop at nothing to make sure the arrangement never stand.

OSUN DEFENDER however gathered that the PDP in the state, no matter the compromise may not retain a united house, as a faction in the party is looking forward to move to another party ahead of the 2018 governorship election before it is too late to prepare for campaign.