From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Osogbo
Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola has declared that there would not be vacancy in the Osun State government house until he completes his second term in office. To this end, Aregbesola has advised the main opposition parties particularly the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and the Labour Party, (LP) in the state to forget the dream of taking over power from him come 2014, if the governorship election is free and fair.
Besides, the governor also denied allegation that he spent the state allocation to prosecute the last gubernatorial election in Ondo State in which the Action Congress of Nigeria’s (ACN) candidate, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu came a distant third. Fielding questions from newsmen in Osogbo, weekend, at a seven hour programme tagged “Ogbeni Till Day Break”, Governor Aregbesola stated that the so called PDP leaders less than six months after the Court of Appeal in Ibadan had sacked Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s administration from office, lost woefully in their various constituencies during the 2011 general elections.
Specifically, he mentioned the immediate past governor, Prince Oyinlola whom he said could only win in two wards in his home town while another PDP leader Senator Iyiola Omisore could only win by three votes margin in his poling booth. “What that simply means is that Oyinlola is not better than a councilor in his constituency while Omisore can not even become anything .Now, tell me where will the support come for them to be able to defeat our party in any free and fair election?” he asked.
Making clarification on the allegation that he contributed about N4billion to Akeredolu’s campaign fund in the Ondo governorship election, Aregbesola asked where those carrying the unfounded allegations expected him to get such money. His words: “I did not use Osun State resources to fight Ondo governorship election. If I had used Osun resources to fight Ondo election where then did I get the resources to pay workers salaries in my state and still able to execute those projects.”
“What I did in Ondo State is what any democrat all over the world would do .I went to Ondo State to campaign for my party’s candidate and I don’t have any apology for anybody for doing that and now that the result had gone that way, I have put that behind me and I am moving forward”, he added. He however warned the LP in Ondo State to end bragging season and face how to deliver the dividend of democracy to people of the State.
“What happened in Ondo State gave some people a bragging season and we will allow them to brag .It’s normal, but their bragging season is almost over.” You cannot keep on bragging over and over because after bragging what comes next is bashing. We in ACN have received our own bashing in that election in Ondo State but that does not mean we are weak”, he said.