By Bisi Olominu
Leaders of Ile-Ogbo in Ayedire Local Government Area of the state of Osun has said that no opposition party in the state has the leadership qualities needed to govern the state as being demonstrated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in the state.
Residents and Leaders in the Local government held that they are solidly behind the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for being committed to the electoral promises he made while contesting the governorship election in 2007 and at his re-election in 2014.
Aregbesola who had earlier observed prayers at the town’s Central Mosque before he proceeded to the Olu of Ile-Ogbo at his palace had residents of the town trooped out en masse to welcome the Governor who led the chieftains of the APC and other top political functionaries to the ancient town.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional ruler of the ancient town, Oba Abeeb Adetoyese Agbaje, and the entire residents of the town, the Bashorun of Ile-Ogbo, Professor Pade Aderibigbe, applauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s effort at making Osun a mega state through infrastructural development.
Professor Aderibigbe asserted that Governor Aregbesola had laid a solid foundation in all sectors of the economy which would be very difficult for any opposition party to rival.
The Bashorun of Ile-Ogbo asserted that no opposition party in the state has the administrative acumen required to govern the state as majority of them had been tested and found wanting.
He commended Governor Aregbesola for being unwavering in bringing to the people the much desired dividends of democracy through critical social intervention programmes that have impacted greatly in the lives of the citizens.
According to him, “We have been having Governors in Osun, but we have not had a Governor like Aregbesola who is so committed to human development like this.
“Our state has in no measure witnessed massive development in the last few years of this administration to the extent that every town was given each deserved attention and development.
“Aside the fact that we in Ile-Ogbo felt the presence of this government in the areas of education, health, security, among others, it is also known that Aregbesola’s socio-economic intervention cut across the state, particularly the rural areas.
“For us to continue to enjoy this level of good governance, we must champion the cause of continuity.
“We have seen what the previous governments did. But to be sincere, no government has done surprisingly well and excellently like our Governor Ogbeni Aregbesola, as his impact is felt tremendously in all aspects of life particularly on school and road infrastructure”.
While advocating for continued support from the present administration in the state, Professor Aderibigbe assured that the residents of the town would continue to lend its support to the administration.
“It is in view of this that we in Ile-Ogbo would continue to show our sincere appreciation to the present government for being kind and good to us as a people.”
Earlier in his remarks at the Central Mosque, Governor Aregbesola implored Muslims to be more committed to the tenets of Islam and commandments of Allah in all they do.
Aregbesola said Islam is peace and that it is a religion of the pious, noting that nothing would be accepted by Allah except righteousness.
He charged Muslim on cleanliness, patience, tolerance and neighbourliness, saying without them, their faith is incomplete.
Responding at the palace, Governor Aregbesola reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to making Osun one of the states in Nigeria with high level infrastructural development.
He tasked the people of the ancient town on the need to continuously support his government by being hard working, productive and efficient in whatever they do, noting that the era of free money that comes from crude oil is gone.
He therefore implored them to embrace agriculture as the sure path to state and national development.