Osun Vows To Support Any Presidential Candidate Put Forward By APC

f16c3089012335af8414b146795098dc_MThe Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in South West Nigeria has pledged to support any candidate that emerges as its flag bearer in the 2015 Presidential election.

State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, gave this assurance when a former Vice President and Presidential aspirant of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku came on a courtesy visit to the state.

Represented by the deputy governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, the governor assured the aspirant that as a strong APC state, all necessary supports will be extended to him if he emerges as the party’s candidate.

While describing Alhaji Atiku as one of the most respected politicians in the country, the governor urged the aspirant to work with whoever might emerge after the party primaries.

According to the governor, “We will rise up and support whoever is put forward by our party. As we did in 2011 when we deliver the state to our party, so we are going to do come 2015”.

Other aspirants eying the party presidential ticket are the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwanso, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Mr. Dannis Issaih and former Head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing party leaders, youth and women group at the APC party secretariat Osogbo, Alhaji Atiku said of all the aspirants, he is the most qualified and experienced, having held the second most powerful position in the country.

“I have the longest political experience among all of them and I belief in the party supremacy. I served as a democratically elected vice president for 8 years, none of them can stand my link with all the parts of Nigeria. I was born in the North, most of my civil service career was in Lagos. I served in the East and back to the North to retire”, he said.

Readiness to work

The former Vice president while promising to maintain decorum during the primaries assured the people of Osun state of his readiness to work for the success of the party in next year presidential poll.

The APC state chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodu, urged Alhaji Atiku to work with other aspirants to ensure the emergence of a strong leader that will give victory to the party.

Emergence of their candidates

As the election draws closer all the 26 political parties in the country have been strategising to conduct national convention and primaries that will see the emergence of their candidates for the polls.

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has fixed the 14th ofFebruary, 2015 for the Presidential and National Assembly polls.

Other elections like that of the Governorship, State Assembly and Council elections will follow later.