The spokesperson of the Nigerian Senate, Senator representing Osun Central and the newly-appointed Director-General of Osun APC campaign Council ahead of the July 16 elections, Senator (Dr.) Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, has lauded the achievements of incumbent governor of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, adding that his giant strides have made APC the party to beat in the forthcoming governorship election.
Bashiru, in his acceptance speech following the announcement of his appointment as the Director-General of the Party’s Campaign Council and Head of the Directorate of Strategy and Operations, said Oyetola has given a robust and excellent account that exemplify good governance.
Speaking at the state secretariat of the Party at Ogo-Oluwa on Bashiru said Oyetola’s scorecard in labour and industrial relations, infrastructure, health, education, and security, among others, are the Party’s primary weapon of canvassing for votes.
He therefore charged Party members that the basic rule of engagement with the electorates should be issue-based and devoid of character debasement, adding that emphasis must always be on a quick summary of the successes of the Party and the achievements of Governor Gboyega Oyetola in the past four years.
“Today marks the beginning of the journey of further entrenching qualitative and good governance in Osun State by returning our performing Governor, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, for a second term in office to steer the ship of Osun State for another four years.
“The task before us is very important and yes, may be a little arduous. We however find courage by taking succor in the fact that the task has been made easy by Mr. Governor who started the preparation for the forthcoming election on the first day of assuming office as Governor. Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, to the chagrin of naysayers and detractors, within and without our fold, has performed excellently well for Osun State.
“He has given a robust and excellent account that exemplify good governance. With the support of the State Assembly, and his sterling cabinet who have been worthy lieutenants in their assigned roles, his performance, coupled with the unprecedented achievements of our great party which began with the administration of Baba Akande are visible for all to see.
“In fact, the giant strides of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, have put us in very good stead as the Party to beat in the forthcoming election. His scorecard in labour and industrial relations, infrastructure, health, education, and security among others is our primary weapon of canvassing for votes. This is how we can encourage the electorates to vote for our Party”, he said.
Bashiru also called on members of the council to be alive to their responsibilities by making the propagation of the achievements of Governor Oyetola the fulcrum of their engagements with the people.
He continued: “While I congratulate all of us on the great honour of being found worthy to be called upon as party members into the Campaign Council for the re-election of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola as the Governor of Osun State for another term of four years in the forthcoming election of July 16, 2022, I implore us to be very alive to our assigned responsibilities.
“It is given that we are pivotal to the success of our Party at the polls and we must begin by propagating the achievements of Governor Gboyega Oyetola as the fulcrum of our engagements with our people on why our Party deserves to be voted for and our candidate returned as the next Governor of Osun State.
“As we go into the season of campaigns, I implore us to be civil, tolerant, and remain focused and unperturbed on our objective. Our focus at all times should be on what we want to get done, the re-election of Governor Gboyega Oyetola for a second term in office as the Governor of Osun State.
“Our basic rule of engagement with the electorates should be issue-based and devoid of character debasement (as much as possible), our zeal for the re-election of our standard bearer must be balanced with humility, modesty, and confidence. Our emphasis must always be on a quick summary of our successes as a Party and the achievements of Governor Gboyega Oyetola in the past four years.
“In politics, it is tempting to go negative by pointing out the flaws in other candidates. Going negative is the dark side: quicker, easier, more seductive, but ultimately the better candidate wins. Let us give our opponents the liberty of going negative but we, as progressives, must not pander to their bait. After all, our concern is not our opponents but the electorates, whose votes will usher us back into the Government House to continue with the good works of consolidating development and prosperity with working social infrastructures and a productive economy.
“I hereby appeal to all members of our great Party to work passionately for the re-election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, we should see this moment in the history of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress, as a threshold for the reaffirmation of our superiority as progressives”, he added.