Osun 2018: Most aspirants lack blueprint, clean programmes of vision for state – Envoy
– The political conversation is Osun is getting intense by the day as the state prepares for a governorship election in September
– A prominent indigene of the state is concerned about the language used by political actors to advance their arguments
– He cautions against divisive comments capable of throwing the state into crisis
A former Ambassador of Nigeria to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Abdulyekin Abilagbo has chided gubernatorial aspirants in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun state over their divisive statements.
Abilagbo specifically singled out aspirants under the ruling All Progressives Cingress (APC) for “polarizing the brotherhood strings and unity that held together the 27 year old state.”
The Iwo-born envoy said: “It is so worrisome that most of those aspiring to govern the state has not come up with the blueprints and programmes of vision for the state; instead most of those aspirants are busy championing the issue of sectionalism and zoning. Is it not laughable in this time and age that people are still fanning the ember of religion and ethnicity.
“We were alive and can bear testament to the 1993 presidential election where MKO Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe, both Muslims contested on the same platform and enjoyed wide acceptability in all zones of Nigeria purposely because he ran qualitative and people friendly manifesto, what has become of us today, are we retarding or what?”
Abilagbo who was at different times Nigeria`s diplomatic representative to Egypt, Chad, Saudi Arabia and Russia lamented that most of his kinsmen from the Osun west zone of the state are crusaders of zoning, stressing that they have completely neglected the basic ingredients of democratic principles which involve consultation and robust selling of programmes and policies to the populace till date.
He hailed the Chief of Staff to Aregbesola; Mr Gboyega Oyetola whom he hailed for “expressly communicating his designs and plans for our state.”
He continued: “The imaginable difference and deduction from this is that he seems to be the only who understands the strengths, opportunities and challenges of the state and more prepared to administer Osun, he stressed further.
“At the moment, the state government is unable to meet her full statutory obligations to civil servants, none of my kinsmen is talking about improvement in IGR for sustainability and sufficiency, what should be paramount in the mind of every right-thinking aspirants is how to further project our state into greater heights, formulate policies that will make our state the food basket of the south-west, that will industrialize the state and bring improved turnaround in our internally generated revenue so as to drive our economy.
“Osun is no longer at a pedestrian level, Aregbesola has raised the bar of governance beyond ordinary, and only people who have the mental, intellectual capacity can continue and consolidate with the already laid foundation.”
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Meanwhile, the speaker of Osun state House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam, has debunked some media reports suggesting he has ditched his governorship ambition based on a Lagos meeting he had with the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in company of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the state chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun.
According to the speaker, at no time was he asked to step down for any aspirant during the Lagos meeting.
He made this known in a statement sent to NAIJ.com by his chief press secretary, Goke Butika, stressing that he is currently engaged on how the political atmosphere would be managed in the state without any hitch.