Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has said neither the government of the Peoples Democratic Party at the federal level nor that of the states has brought any form of development to the South-west geo-political zone of the country.
The governor stated this in Iwo, headquarters of Iwo Local Government, just as eminent septuagenarian lawyer, Otunba Adebayo Aremu, said the trajectory of the town’s politics showed clearly a preference for forward looking politicians who promote the welfare of the downtrodden. The ancient town of Iwo stood still for several hours on Friday as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Iwo gathered with one voice to adopt the second term bid of the governor. The playing field of the District Council Elementary School Araromi, venue for
the programme, was jam packed as members and followers of the party in theirthousands gathered to express their appreciation for the governor.
Prominent among the sons and daughters of Iwoland who spoke at the event were the “Ekerin of Iwoland” and a former Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Bola Asafa. The eminent lawyer, who told the gathering that he practiced law in Ogun State for many years before relocating home, said the people of the city had never had it better. Reminding the gathering of the marvel of feeding elementary school pupils every day, provision of uniforms for 750,000 students, over 800 kilometres of roads in the state, restoration of peace and tranquility as opposed to the thick air of tension that pervaded the state under the PDP rule, Aremu said the achievements of Ogbeni Aregbesola in the last three and half years were unprecedented. According to him, “Aregbesola’s government is incomparable; no administration in the history of Osun has performed as much as he has done, he has transformed not only Iwoland but the whole of Osun”.
Former Commissioner for Information, Asafa, while praising the current administration for the massive works done, noted that though Osun is poor in terms of financial resources, the degree of performance noticed so far has ranked Aregbesola among some of the best managers of resources Nigeria has produced.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Mushood Adeoti, urged the people of Iwo and entire state to continue to support the government and the party, stressing that it is only the APC that can move the state and the country forward in the right direction. He said: “Look at our roads, look at the new schools he is building, a lot of our jobless youths are now gainfully employed as a result of the OYES scheme put in place by our Governor.
This government Is feeding our elementary school pupils every day. The PDP cannot do it, don’t be deceived by their lies”. He then went on to move a motion for the adoption of the governor for a second term, which was immediately seconded by Alhaji Liadi Ganiyu, another leader of the party in the local government area to a loud applause from the teeming supporters of the party.
In his response, Governor Aregbesola, while promising his continued delivery of good governance to the people of Iwo and the entire state, announced to the excitement of the crowd that all the remaining roads projects around the town and those linking Iwo to the state capital and the neighbouring Oyo State would be reconstructed. He said Iwo is key to the economic reconstruction of Osun saying indigenes have been known in history as enterprising people.