- The stage is set for the September 22 governorship election in Osun state
- AD candidate, Architect Olugbenga Akintola, says he his ready to face the challenges ahead of him if voted into power
- He also promised to focus on how to maximize the human and natural resources for Osun state to prosper if elected
Ahead of the September 22 governorship election in Osun state, Alliance for Democracy (AD) candidate, Architect Olugbenga Akintola, says his focus will be to build on the legacy of Southwest founding fathers.
Akintola made the promise when he was was presented to members of the party in Osogbo, the state capital, alongside his deputy, Dr Akeem Bello last weekend.
He said the AD is alive to build on legacy of Pa Awolowo and Bola Ige, “to ensure a prosperous future for our children.”
He told the party faithfuls that he his ready to face the challenges ahead of him if voted into power and accept the responsibilities attached to the office.
In his speech titled: 'I Accept,' Akintola said he is humbled by the privilege to be the AD candidate for the election, because it affords him the opportunity “to continue with the programme of life more abundant as designed and implemented by Baba Awolowo and Uncle Bola Ige.”
His words: “I accept the flag of our party at a moment when 4.2million ‘Osunians’ are in battle day-to-day survival. I accept the flag of our party when the debt of Osun state is more than 200 billion. I accept the flag of our party when our hard-working citizens have been turned to beggars because of 34 months half –salary.
“I am mindful of the faith of our pensioners who have been given Osun 30-35 years of their productive lives but are unable to enjoy their retirement because of backlog of unpaid pensions.
“I am mindful that our youth cannot get jobs because there is none for them. I am mindful that they have subjected our ‘Omoluabi citizens’ to abject poverty and chained them to the bottom of the economic ladder.
“I therefore stand here today humbled by the privilege given to me to bring Atunse (rebuilding) to the repressive and oppressive conditions of Osuninans. We need to rebuild Osun by putting people back at the centre of development. Our Atunse Agenda puts Osunians at the centre of the economic development and human capital investment.”
Akintola said, if elected, his administration will focus on how to maximize the human and natural resources for Osun state to prosper.
He said: “We must eliminate the burden of loans that was recklessly taken on our behalf. We must change the situation that our average monthly revenue is 2billion but we spend averagely 6.42 billion per month.
“We must give our retirees their pension that they can enjoy comfort in their old age. We must give our youth the necessary tools to function in the 21st century and in any capacity that Nigeria and the world demands of them.
“It is imperative to industrialise our state so that more jobs are available and we can raise the living standards of our people. It is imperative for our entrepreneur women and men to prosper.
“It is imperative for our primary health centres to have personnel and medic*tion so that our people can be healthy. It is imperative for our farmers to have reason to remember the good old days of pride in their labour as agriculture sector will feed our people and industries.”
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Meanwhile, Adejare Bello, ex-speaker of the Osun state House of Assembly, defected to the All Progressives Congress, barely a week to the governorship election.
Bello, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had on Monday, September 17, resigned his membership of the party.
In a letter addressed to Soji Adagunodo, the PDP state chairman, the former speaker said that he resigned his membership because the party has drifted from the ideals of its founding fathers.
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