By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Hausa community in Osun State has promised to mobilise all necessary political support for the actualisation of the re-election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
They, however, dissociated themselves from the video trending on the social media that Hausa Community in Osun is supporting a splinter group within All Progressives Congress (APC) to slim the chance of Governor Oyetola for second term.
They also reaffirmed their support and commitment to the leadership of the APC.
Addressing journalists at the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osogbo, their spokesperson, Alhaji Umar kotonkoro noted that the leadership of Oyetola has shown them that it is possible for a political leader in Nigeria to completely downplay the ethnicity and religion in governance and resources distribution despite the ethnic complexity of Nigeria.
He said: “This declaration and clarification becomes important following a false impression being created by one Imam Basir, a former Senior Special Assistant to the former Governor Rauf Aregbesola, that Hausa Community in Osun are supporting a splinter group within APC to slim the chance of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for second term.
“After a critical review of the issue and wide consultations with Sherik Hausa’s in the three Senatorial Districts and 69 Local Governments and Local Council Development Authority, we decided to alert the whole world and the entire Hausa community about this false impression and lies not to allow it to feaster for so long because culturally and religiously we are not known for double standard and political inconsistency.
“We are bold to say that such position in a trending video of Imam Bashir only represent his personal opinion which is not in any way represent the reality and position of Hausa Community in Osun. Imam Bashir is only pursing his personal political agenda which in our own opinion is to the detriment of Hausa community that has enjoyed tremendous support from the current administration.
“We say equivocally that we have strong confidence in the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and we shall continue to rally support for him till and after the July 16, 2022 election when we are so confident that he will be declared victoriously.
“Governor Oyetola has shown humility, tolerance and accommodation in leadership that has earned him a second term in our heart and soul. As Hausa community, we have enjoyed unprecedented business patronage from His Excellency, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola apart from swift responses to security issues that has to the with the protection of our businesses, life and properties in all part of the state.
“As Hausas, we have no fear to leave and transact businesses in any part of the state as a result of the responsible leadership of Governor Oyetola who has shown to us that it is possible for a political leader in Nigeria to completely downplay the ethnicity and religion in governance and resources distribution despite the ethnic complexity of Nigeria.
“Political decision is about the stake of the majority and we are confident about our future in Osun under the leadership of Governor Oyetola, he has demonstrated honesty, integrity, tolerance and transparency in leadership, therefore, we unequivocally endorse and declare our total support for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola second term.”