As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for the Osun governorship election, pioneer governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke and former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday submitted their nomination forms for the guber race and accused the incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola of running the state aground.
While Adeleke boasted that his achievements in the 22 months he served as governor of the state clearly superceded what the incumbent governor has done in the past three and a half years, Omisore said the lacklustre performance of Aregbesola has shown that the APC has nothing to offer.
Briefing journalists after submitting his form, Adeleke said “I didn’t just wake up to pick the governorship form. My people said I should contest the primary and I am in the race to answer to this call to duty.
“What I have been able to do in just 22 months, Aregbesola has not been able to do in four years. As I speak with you, what I achieved then, nobody has been able to do half even with all the resources available to them.
“With the lean resources then, I achieved so much, with the huge resources now, I will achieve so much. Look at the dual carriage way, the College of Education and all the legacies that people point to now.”
According to Omisore who also spoke with the press he said PDP will reclaim the state and the SouthWest zone, stressing that APC dominated the South West by default of court judgment.
He said “I disagree with the question posed that South West is composed of APC states. It is not APC state; they came to the zone through the back door. We contested the court decisions, I can assure you PDP will win in the zone hands down.
“In Osun, there is no project completed in the last four years; the government has not paid workers salary in the past three months. There is nothing to show for governance in Osun in the past four years,” he stressed.
On re-classification of educational institutions in Osun, Omisore accused Aregbesola of dividing the state along religious lines through his educational policy adding “the educational system have been basterdized for financial reasons. Osun state has secularity of religion, so we have no business with religion creeping into our educational system.
“What Aregbesola and his APC did in Osun is part of administrative laziness; it is lack of capacity; it shows lack of depth; it shows a party which will stop at nothing than to divide the people.
“If by God’s grace we win the election, we shall restore the dignity of education and the dignity of our people.
“I want to assure you that this era will end soon in Osun and I will be the one to restore the dignity of my people. Democracy is about having the best candidate, its about plurality,” he stressed.
While he said he has no objection to the emergence of consensus candidate Omisore said democratic principles will always dominate once there is a dissenting voice.