The former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has returned his expression of interest and nomination forms to the party national secretariat, declaring that he is back in the race to rescue Osun State.
Similarly, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, who was also an aspirant in the 2018 poll, has boasted that he is the most qualified person to pull the state out of the quagmire that he said the All Progressive Congress (APC) has placed it in the last 12 years.
Speaking to correspondents after the submission of his forms, Senator Adeleke said he is coming back as light to drive away from the darkness in Osun aState.
“Light is coming to Osun. When the light comes darkness vanishes,” he declared, saying that the APC administration has caused the collapse of the state in every respect.
According to him, there is the absence of infrastructure while the education legacy that was put in place by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has been completely forgotten.
“APC is nothing to write home about. Infrastructure dead, education dead. That’s why I’m running to rescue Osun state,” he said, adding: “I am back and I know that this time around, we will get it so that we can rescue our state. Agriculture and education will be our priority,” he further said.
Senator Adeleke observed that Osun State has been plunged into debts, whose repayment he said if elected, he will reschedule with creditors to enable the state to focus on development.
According to him, while prioritizing agriculture, his administration will create the enabling environment to attract the private sector to create jobs for the teeming youths of the state.
Adeleke revealed that he has evolved a strategy to prevent the 2018 debacle which cost him the election from repeating itself.
Also speaking to correspondents after the submission of his forms, Dr Ogunbiyi, alleged: “There is no doubt that Osun State has been under a siege for more than 12 years in the hands of the incumbent.
“The people have been greatly dehumanised and there is no better time to restore hope and bring Osun State back from the brinks of total collapse.”
On his qualifications for the governorship of the state, he declared: “I am pleased to present myself as the most qualified amongst the multitude of people that have expressed interest to govern our dear State, Osun.
“I possessed the quality and experience required to harness the vast state’s resources for productive and developmental purposes. I am an entrepreneur and a businessman, a professional corporate guru that understands the needs of our state.
From debt burden and debts management to job creation for our teeming unemployed youths. The greatest challenge facing Osun today is the huge debt burden without any corresponding wealth creation output. We will resolve this problem and put Osun State back on the path of prosperity.
“We can create gainful employment using Agriculture and agric related industries. Osun State can actually be developed into a food basket at least for the South West, if not Nigeria as a whole. The educational sector has been neglected thus compromising the future of our young population. Why can’t we have compulsory free primary education in Osun state?
“We are mostly the beneficiary of this project by our late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. I can assure the entire citizens of Osun State of a prudent, effective and results-oriented government. This was what was denied you during the 2018 primaries of our great Party that were heavily rigged.
“We have yet another chance to put the PDP back into government as I present to you myself Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, a man with comprehensive and practical experiences in administration. A thorough bread man with result-oriented administration.
“I am prepared by education from highly reputable Institutions in Nigeria and the developed world. I am also equipped with the much-needed skills to lead the state as your next Governor.”