The newly-elected National Secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Otunba Iyiola Omisore, has called on citizens of Osun to show appreciation for the unprecedented developments the state had witnessed under the current administration by voting massively for the party at the July 16 governorship elections.
He made this call in when the entire party structures of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State tumultuously welcomed him at the state capital, Osogbo.
Omisore returned to the state for the first time after he emerged the National Secretary at the National Convention of the ruling party held on Saturday, March 26, in Abuja.
Addressing party members at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Omisore said, “My emergence as the new National Secretary of our party will usher in greatness, victory and all-round success for Osun in particular, and indeed, Nigeria, in general.
“As you all know, ours is a state of progressives and we are overwhelmed today that we have this opportunity. I am honoured today and I urge our people to show appreciation by voting massively for our party at the next governorship election in the state and at the general election.
“First and foremost, let’s thank God for His mercy on us. He has been so merciful to us. I thank Mr. Governor for making today a reality. I acknowledge his efforts that translated to what I am now. I thank Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our leader, for his support. I thank Chief Adebisi Akande for his support. I thank all the Governors, most importantly in the Southwest, and our party members the Southwest in particular and Nigeria in general.
“The best way to reciprocate this is to vote massively in the next governorship election. We must do everything right from now to ensure that our party coasts to victory. As we can see, the administration of Governor Oyetola has brought so many developmental strides to the state, which we have never witnessed before; from regular salaries to infrastructural development and renewal, from education and health sector improvement to other socio-economic interventions.
“I urge the people of Osun and our party members in particular that it is our time now. So, we must justify this with massive votes. We must prove our weights and capacity that we are ever ready for victory and the difference must be clear in the July 16 governorship election”, he counseled.
In his remarks, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola lauded party faithful in the state for their firm belief in his administration and for showing their unalloyed support at all times to ensure victory for the party.
“Today is not a speech-making day. We are here to give gratitude to God. God has been very merciful to us. When I was there, I was a caretaker committee member, but now, our state has been blessed with National Secretary which is a permanent position. I thank Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Adebisi Akande, Southwest Governors for their support all through.
“As you all know, we have never had it this good. What we used to have was Ex-officio. We had never had a National Secretary. Senator Omisore is now a member of National Working Committee and National Executive Council of our great party.
“I commend your massive turnout in the last primary election where we had 222, 169 votes. I am assuring you that better things are underway for all in our second term in office. After election, everybody will be more satisfied. As you can see, God has always been on our side. When I see the Olaiya flyover, I give thanks to God.
“So, please, be prepared for the next governorship election. I can see that you are ready for action and without fear, with you, I have confidence in God that our party will win. We are very ready,” Oyetola said.
In their separate remarks, the APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun and former Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titilayo Laoye-Ponle, lauded the party members in the state for their consistent support, and described the emergence of Senator Iyiola Omisore as the National Secretary of the party as a welcome development.