The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, stated that following the speedy development and physical growth by his administration in the state, it would be difficult for the opposition parties to contest in future elections in the state.
Oyetola stated that the All Progressives Congress, in the state sustained the good governance and economic advancement in line with the party’s manifesto.
The Osun State Governor stated this while speaking at the Celebratory Banquet reception organised in his honour and for his immediate predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who was selected as the Minister of Interior.
He further stated that the resources of the state would be used for things that will impact the lives of people living in the state.
He added that it will be channelled towards the path of socioeconomic, infrastructure and political growth and development.
He lauded the former Governor of the state for what he termed enduring legacy of his administration.
Oyetola who reflected on the circumstances, hurdles and challenges that confronted him before ascending the office described his emergence at the poll and victory at the court as divine.
“I am extremely elated to be honoured today alongside my predecessor who is now the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. This is another great thing in the history of our state.”
“My emergence at the poll and our subsequent victory at the court was a clear manifestation that truly God’s will always come to fruition.”
“It is God that sent us to govern the state and I thank God that we have been following the path He laid for us as reflected in the wonderful things that He had allowed us to do and to be doing in the last nine months of our administration.”
“I am happy that I was part of the last administration and I am equally happy to have worked with my immediate predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who God used to create modern Osun.”
“Our focus is to continue to do things that will make the confidence that our people have in us permanent and which will help to retain progressives in government because we believe strongly that one way to ensure the masses are one’s side is to continue to prioritise their welfare.”
“This is what we have been doing since we came on board and we will remain focused and determined to replicate the legacy of continuity being experienced in Lagos, such that opponents will find it difficult to contest future elections against us in Osun”, Oyetola said.
The Minister of Interior commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the courage in appointing him despite opposition to his candidature from some quarters.
He described the Celebratory Banquet reception as “motivating and encouraging,” saying it is also a challenge for him and the governor to do more.
He said: “I just want to thank God for all He has been doing in our lives. I was here July 6, the day after the Supreme Court’s victory of my successor where I said I would be glad if God can allow us to have a statewide celebration for his victory not knowing that I will become a Minister and it will be a double celebration for us.”
“Though it was difficult for us to return to government, as the road to where we are today was rough and thorny, we thank God that in spite of all the challenges, we came out victorious.”
“I am thankful to God that in the entire South West, after late Obafemi Awolowo and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I am the next that God favoured having been able to successfully hand over power to a successor from the same party. This is a rare feat.”