The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday, 6th October, 2015 reiterated that the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election in March was the culmination of the progressives struggles since the independence of Nigeria.
This was even as the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi noted that Nigerians had faced the greatest challenge to their existence in the 16 years of misrule and maladministration of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and opted for change as representeed by President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general election.
Governor Aregbesola stated this while making his remarks as the chairman of the First Distinguished Lecture of the Department of Political Science and Diplomatic Studies of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State.
Aregbesola stated that most of the sustained attacks against his person and government in the media was because he stopped the political machinations of the PDP in the South-West.
The governor commended the University for fulfilling its role of idea generation and dissemination, through the interaction between town and gown.
He stressed that the emergence of President Buhari is an idea whose time has come, saying the president still won in spite of everything done to distract him before and during the campaigns.
The Governor recounted that after the APC lost the Ekiti State governorship election last year, the evil machinery of the PDP, working in full tandem with all the security agencies, was moved to Osun State for the governorship election.
Aregbesola noted that the calculation then was that if the state could be seized, the whole southwest would be captured by the PDP.
According to him: “There has never been such an assemblage of military armada in a state in the history of Nigeria. By midnight of the day preceding the election, all notable leaders of our party have been picked up. It was a siege on the entire state.
“After I won the governorship election, it became clear that our party, the APC had become unstoppable and President Buhari would become president.
“We thank God that in spite of everything, we are where we are today.”
Governor Ajimobi, who was the guest lecturer at the first Distinguished Personality Lecture at the Department of Political Science and Diplomatic Studies of Bowen University, Iwo, observed that the election of President Buhari was the second attempt by Nigerians to crave for change.
He stated that the first attempt by Nigerians to vote for change was the June 12 1993 election won by late MKO Abiola, which was unfortunately aborted by the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida.
The Governor argued that for a people to collectively opt for change, the socio-political situation in such a place must have been totally intolerable.
He said the hopes of Nigerians were very high when the country transited to civilian rule in 1999 but shortly afterwards the PDP led administration thwarted the hopes and aspiration of the people by its ineptitude.
According to him, “no sooner had the PDP led administration began governance than the trait exhibited by the potentates of the new government and the ruling party that midwifed the government could be seen as administrative ineptitude, lack of vision, unwarranted angradisement cum corruption.
“However, the last straw that broke the camel’s back was the inability of the PDP led government to guarantee safety of lives and property. All these boiled down to bad leadership.
“Whereas, without effective and exemplary political leadership, stability and democracy will be elusive,” the Oyo State Governor stated.
He added that the current financial crises all the states of the federation are going through was the manifestation of brazen corrupt tendencies of the previous administration at the federal level.
The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University, Professor Matthews Ojo, in his welcome remark, said the university is strategic to the needs of the country.
He disclosed that as the first Baptist University in Africa, Bowen is paying attention to the academic curricular of the school in order to churn out all-round graduates.
He commended Governor Aregbesola on the way he conducted his election petition tribunal in the most excellent and dignified manner.
The University don thumbed-up the governor for thoroughness in the presentation of his case at the tribunal which later set the record for other election tribunals’ conduct across the country.
“When we talk of excellence in administrative conduct, Governor Aregbesola epitomises this very well.
“And he demonstrated this during the election tribunal after the governorship election of August 9, 2014, which he won,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor said Aregbesola’s pursuit of his case has set the standards for future election petitioners in Nigeria.
“This is the kind of excellence that Bowen University is cultivating in its graduates. We pay attention to the socio-economic needs of our society by producing graduates with mental capacity to give Nigeria what it requires to drive it,” Professor Ojo said.