Former military Head of State and a presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammodu Buhari (rtd), has said that the swearing-in of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s second term is nothing but the celebration of the courage of the people of the State of Osun.
Buhari spoke just as the National Leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, maintained that the inauguration would not have come, if the people of the state had not resisted the threats, harassment, intimidation and seduction from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to Buhari, Osun people were the pillar of Aregbesola’s victory in the August 9, 2014 governorship election, saying that the people stood solidly on ground and voted continuity of development and good governance in the state.
The APC chieftain stated that the people of the state had through their votes in the last governorship election, been boosting the morale of the APC nationally, adding that they have earned more respect as virtuous people.
Buhari said: “I congratulate the governor and the people of the State of Osun for their uprightness, progressive and democratic character. After the Ekiti disaster, Osun people made us proud. Osun people stood their ground and won the election for APC, in spite of the threats and PDP machineries.
“God helps those who help themselves. The people of Osun helped themselves and God helped them. The Osun election boosted and is still boosting the APC morale. I show my respect to the people of the state. You are boosting our morale in Osun.
“We must also effect the Osun people’s courage at the next year’[s general elections. The PDP must be voted out. They do not mean well for Nigerians. So, we must vote the PDP out in the 2015 presidential election.
In his on congratulatory speech, Tinubu acknowledged the courage of the people during the last gubernatorial election, saying that the people stood to fight and protect the confidence and trust they reposed on Governor Aregbesola.
Tinubu said: “You people stood to fight. You remained undaunted to change. They tried but you defeated them. I salute the people of the State of Osun. I also salute and appreciate the good works of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. They brought security men to intimidate you, but you remained steadfast in the face of provocation, intimidation and harassment.