The Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, has said he joined politics because of his desire to serve.
The governor stated this at the palace of Timi of Ede, Munirudeen Lawal, during a political campaign to Ede Federal Constituency on Tuesday. The Ede monarch also endorsed Mr. Aregbesola’s second-term bid saying “the people of this state will make sure you come back to continue the developmental stride.”
Mr. Aregbesola, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said while others have no ideas of what to do with power, he thinks about policies and programmes that would positively turn the fortunes of the people.
He said that a holistic analysis of his administration’s programme would reveal that his government has treated the people and various political districts in the state equally.
He said the Ede Constituency supported his governorship ambition in 2007 by voting en mass.
According to the governor, the Cocoa Industries in Ede would soon be rejuvenated as a government delegation had gone to China for the purpose of purchasing new machines for the industry.
“Our administration has treated the various political districts equally, without favour of sentiment,” Mr. Aregbesola said.
“Ede has been supportive of our ambition and government. Without the votes of Ede North and Ede South Local Government Areas, I would not be governor. Without these two local governments we would not have the two members of House of Representatives and one member of House of Assembly.
“Don’t let the opposition tell you lies because that is their stock in trade. Ask them to tell you the programmes they have for the people. But we know they have none. What we have done in this state in less than forty months surpass what they did in seven years both in quantity and quality.
“As we speak, the Chairman of Ede Cocoa Industries is in China on how to get brand new cocoa processing machines. I assure you that this is just the beginning of good things in Osun.”
The governor listed some of the achievements of his government in the federal constituency to include: rehabilitation of 21.3km Ede township roads; construction of 7.3km local government roads in Ejigbo LG; construction of 7.7km local government roads in Ede South LG; construction of 10km local government roads in Ede North LG; construction of 8.5km local government roads in Egbedore LG; and rehabilitation of 8.9km Abere-Ojoro-Yidi Road.
Others are total overlay of Royal Hotel Road, Ejigbo; completion of a Government High School in Ejigbo; AUD Government Middle School, Ejigbo; Seventh Day Adventist Government High School, Ede; L.A Government Middle School, Agbongbe, Ede; L.A Government Elementary School, Obada, Ede; a total of 1, 941 tablets distributed in the Federal Constituency; 561 tablets distributed in Ede South LG; 324 tablets distributed in Egbedore LG; 669 tablets distributed in Ejigbo LG; and 393 tablets distributed in Ede North.
Mr. Lawal, while giving his royal blessings, commended Mr. Aregbesola for the massive work going on in the state.
The monarch stated that the governor, having given a good account of his administration in the first term, deserved to be re-elected to continue the work.
“You have performed very well in your first term. The people of this state will make sure you come back to continue the developmental stride,” he said.
“With the people supporting you, your second term is definitely assured.”