*Najeem, Hussein, Salinsile missing among signatories
The leaders of All Progressive Congress (APC), in Osun West Senatorial District, have declared support for the Governor, State of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, over his development strides in the district.
The leaders described as ridiculous and unpardonable the recent advertorial by a group, Osun Network for Equity and Social Justice clamoring for power shift to Osun West in 2020 to precipitate friction in the party.
The party leaders at a press conference in Iwo, attended by the APC Chieftains in the 10 local governments, explained that while it is the legitimate right of Osun West to be the governor of the state, the current governor is performing creditably in the district and deserve the support of the district for the second term.
Meanwhile, the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam, Senator Mudashir Hussein, and the APC State Secretary, Hon Rasak Salensile, who are party leaders from the district were absent from the press conference and are not part of the signatories to the rejoinder.
The conference had in attendance 42 out of 48 recorgnised party leaders from the Senatorial district.
APC serving Senator from the district, Aderele Oriolowo, and the APC Senatorial Leader, Hon Yinusa Amonbi, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, who spoke on behalf of the party leaders said Oyetola had paid much attention to the development of the area and had done well in areas ranging from health, education, road infrastructure, political and human development.
Amonbi who read the press text said: “It gladdens our hearts to inform the world that His Excellency, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, has magnanimously attended to, face-lifted and in some areas built health facilities especially PHCs across all over 100 electoral wards within the district.
“Worthy of note is his recommendation of our son, Rt. Hon. Rafiu Adejare Bello, as a non-career Ambassador announced recently which is another feat to Osun West Senatorial district. The entire West District recognises the wonderful and mature roles exhibited by Governor Oyetola in the establishment of the Federal College of Education, Iwo. We remain grateful.
“Let it be stated expressly that we have eminent and qualified sons and daughters who can fit into the governorship race, however, our support for the incumbent Governor remains firm and unshaken.
“We, the leaders of Osun APC in the Osun West Senatorial District, hereby pass a Vote of Confidence on the Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, for his foresight, exemplary leadership, administrative skills and using this opportunity to completely dissociate ourselves from the submission of Osun Network For Equity and Social Justice published in the Nations newspaper of the 18 Day of August, 2020.
“As leaders and members of APC, we are unwavering, solid and rooted in our loyalty to his leadership prowess as the state helmsman, and this will continue as long as he remains committed to the pact of good governance and emulative motivational acumen of the unwritten cord he struck with the Osun West Senatorial District electorates.
The leaders said sponsored crisis within the Osun APC family, has failed and dead on arrival and the new slogan is “Oyetola Lekansi”
Other leaders of the party who are signatories to the documents are: Rt. Hon. Adejare Bello, Ambassador-Designate, Osun former Speaker, Professor Mojeed Alabi, Hon. Olanrewaju Monruf, Majority Leader, Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Ayo Afolabi, APC South West Secretary, Hon Omolaoye Akintola, APC NEC member, party chairmen from the 10 local governments in the district, and members of the state House Assembly, among others.