By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola on Tuesday formally received the All Progressives Congress (APC) Expression of Intention and Nomination Forms from his political associates.
It would be recalled that some weeks ago, the governor’s cabinet members and friends, including Senate spokesperson, Dr Ajibola Bashiru picked the governorship nomination and intent forms at the party’s Secretariat in Abuja on behalf of the governor.
Presenting the forms to the governor, the state Chairman-elect of the party who led other ‘friends of the governor’, Prince Gboyega Famodun noted that the presentation of the forms was the mandate of all party members in the state.
He, however, stated that for the sake of democracy whomsoever believed they can contest the primary election with Oyetola can exercise their right, saying the party is not foreclosing anything.
Receiving the form, Oyetola expressed gratitude to the people of the state, particularly his political associates that purchased the form for him, saying, “This is a rare honour coming to me to serve my people for another term.”
He said: “I thank the people that purchased the form for me for the rare commitment they displayed. I was not informed they wanted to do so. I heard the news when I was planning on how to get it. For them to have gone this far, it is an inspiration to do more, not to be deterred.
“I accept without any reservation your request for me to run for another four years. I want to assure you, God willing, the best is yet to come.
“The four years is about building the foundation and the next four years by the Grace of God is building on the foundation. As you all know, we were challenged by so many things, yet we did not disappoint you. The reward for hard-work is more work. We will not be deterred, we will do more.
“We thank you all. You are our back bones; you are behind us and there is nothing to fear . We will turn around the fortunes of this state. We want the state to be reckoned with in the comity of states
“It is a question of commitment, focus, vision and choosing the right people to surround us. God has been very kind to us, it has been peace, love and harmony.
“Democracy is about competition. We are not afraid of competition; we are ready for it. I promise by the Grace of Almighty Allah, we are not going to disappoint you.”
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman, Osun APC Elders Council, Pa Shola Akinwumi congratulated the governor for the remarkable achievements of his administration, saying it was only possible because of his refusal to be intimidated and distracted.
He said: “I congratulate you because you have refused to be intimidated and distracted, that is why some of us are attracted and so much attached to you.
“Good product has no boundary. They wanted to dragged you into their nonsense so as to distract you but you remain focused. I’m so happy you have driven your detractors methodically into the ocean.”