The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday, 17th July, 2014, described as mere wishful thinking the remark by Vice President Namadi Sambo that his party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will take over the state.
This was just as the Governor said Sambo had impugned on the integrity of the judiciary by referring to the judgment of.the Election Petition Appeal Tribunal that restored the mandate of Aregbesola after the 2007 governorship poll as verdict through “the back door.”
Aregbesola in a response through his Director Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said Sambo could not have been referring to the Osun state where the people have demonstrated their total rejection of anything that has any traits of PDP.
Sambo’s statement, Okanlawon said, aptly captures the depth of self – delusion and deciet to which PDP leadership indulges in, a development he blames for the total failure of the PDP led Federal Government in all facets of the Nigerian life.
“Sambo’s statement did not come to us as a surprise. It is the character of the PDP and its leadership to live in a different world far away from the stark realities that daily confront our people.
For the umpteenth time, we wish to remind Sambo and the entire PDP structure and its candidate for the Osun August 9 poll that Osun has remained different for so many reasons and this is why the macabre dance PDP and its agents of electoral fraud organised in Ekiti cannot be replayed here in Osun.
“Has Sambo forgotten so soon that while PDP reaped from its electoral fraud in all parts of Nigeria in the 2011 election, it was only in Osun that PDP recorded its most humiliating defeat.
“In case Sambo has not thought about it, that was less than six months of the Aregbesola administration when not much had been put on ground in form of sterling performance and massive transformation of the state.
More than three years down the line, Osun people have witnessed unprecedented development in various ways. Peace has returned. Wealth has been created. Lives have been saved and improved. Aregbesola has touched lives in the education, food production, youth employment, and other sectors. This state has been rescued from the morass it was plunged in almost eight years of the PDP rule. What then does Sambo expect his party to woo the people of Osun with in an election that is less than one month? He added.
Responding to Sambo’s derogatory comment on the judiciary, the statement said the verdict of the Tribunal confirmed PDP robbery of the 2007 poll.
“In some saner climes, PDP and its leaders ought to apologise to the entire country and the people of Osun in particular for the trauma they were subjected to due to the robbery of the Aregbesola’s mandate. But the culture of impunity which PDP promotes won’t give room for such decency. It must however be noted that never will our people embrace the rule of terror and cluelessness which PDP represents,” the statement said.
It added that the entire Nigeria and the international communities have been monitoring the shenanigans in the build up to the election saying the PDP candidate has lost the contest before the August 9 date.
“The whole world is nauseated by the amount of naked misuse of federal might in all parts of Nigeria. By now, Sambo and the Federal Government should be worried by the laughing stock to which they have turned Nigeria in the estimation of the right thinking people of the world.
“A government that has failed to successfully mobilise its security agencies to rescue over 200 school girls in more than 90 days must know it has failed in its primary responsibility to the Nigerian people.
“This is why the people of Osun have resolved to vote for continuity in the Aregbesola revolutionary touch,” the statement concluded.