By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Traditional rulers in Osun State have commended Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for consolidating on the good legacies of the immediate past administration in the state.
The duo of Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, gave the commendation during the Celebratory Banquet, organised by the state government in honour of Oyetola and the immediate past governor who is now Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the Government House, Osogbo.
The monarchs who expressed satisfaction on the spate of development that the state had witnessed in the last nine months of Oyetola’s administration lauded him for building and sustaining the good legacies of the immediate past governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.
Oba Aromolaran described as “worthwhile”, the consolidation approach of the present administration, which according to him had ensured the continuity of good governance and meaningful development.
He described the emergence of Oyetola at the poll and his subsequent victory at the Supreme Court as divine, saying God installed Oyetola to consolidate on the good legacies of the immediate past administration.
While commending the good works that Aregbesola did in the eight years of his administration, the monarch said that his joy was in the fact that the incumbent government is following the same path of good governance.
The traditional ruler then appealed to Oyetola not to relent in his efforts at taking the state to greater heights.
He assured him of the support of the royal fathers, saying “we are solidly behind you and your predecessor.”
On his part, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, lauded the achievements of the progressive government in the last eight and half years in the state.
He commended the state government for aggressively developing the state capital, saying the people of Osogbo will continue to appreciate the good works done to turn around the socioeconomic fortunes of the town.
He said: “Progressive government has brought unparalleled development to Osogbo and other major towns in Osun. Aregbesola did a lot. Oyetola has taken the rest up.
“I thank God for giving us Aregbesola and Oyetola. They are political geniuses and epitome of development. I can say without equivocation that the present administration has successfully taken it up from where Aregbesola stopped.
“We can see the good works going on in all sectors particularly in the areas of security; health and infrastructure among others. I must also commend the governor for the prompt payment of salaries since assumption of office”.
Similarly, the leader of Afenifere socio-political group, Senator Ayorinde Fasanmi, acknowledged the leadership trait exhibited by the governor in administering the affairs of the state.
Fasanmi, who described Oyetola as a transformer, hailed the governor for being passionate and aggressive towards advancing the economy of the state.
The elder statesman, who advised the governor not to lose track but remain focused in his commitment to turn the socioeconomic fortunes of the state around, told the governor to be magnanimous since the will of God has manifested in his life.
The Yoruba socio-political leader, also commended the state government for taking the welfare and security of the people as its priorities.