L-R: Ahaji Kawu Baraje, Gov., State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his wife, Sherifat and representative of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Alhaja Rasheedat Are at the Victory Colloquiem organised for the governor by the Gazelle News, an online news organisation at the Eko Hotel, Lagos.
The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has called on the people of the neighbouring West African country, Burkina Faso not to allow military rule after the exit of Blaise Compaore.
Aregbesola charged the Burkinabes to carry the revolution that ousted Compaore to its logical conclusion by forming a national government that will conduct election in the shortest time possible.
This was even as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, called on all stakeholders in the Nigerian project to get their acts together and make sure a good leader is elected for the country in 2015.
Aregbesola observed these on Sunday, 2nd November, 2014 at a Victory Colloquiem organised for him by the Gazelle News, an online news organisation at the Eko Hotel, Lagos.
The Governor said the Burkina Faso situation is a signal to Nigerians to gird their loins and prepare for the February 2015 general elections.
He said the organisation of elections will not come easy as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will want to use force it could muster to stay in power.
He decried the militarisation of election and Federal Government’s lawlessness and impunity against political opposition in Nigeria.
He warned the political office holder to comport themselves to civil rule so as not to give military any excuse to take power as it is no longer fashionable for military coup in Africa.
“The political development in Burkina Faso is one that must be commended by any lover of democracy.
“The people of Burkina Faso were courageous in their refusal to tolerate a tyrant any further.
“The Burkinabes must carry the revolution to its logical end by forming a national government, which will conduct elections.
“They should not allow military to take power again in that country for whatever reason.
“And it is pertinent to add that what happened and is happening in Burkina Faso is a signal to us in Nigeria.
“We should gird our loins and prepare for any eventualities that may accompany the February 2015 general elections.
“I say this because the trend in recent time has demonstrated that the election will not come as easy as we may want to think as it is demonstrably clear that PDP will want to use force to retain power.
“Whereas, the PDP is not a party that is unbeatable. For if we beat PDP in Osun, it means we can be it anywhere and we must beat it everywhere,” Aregbesola said.
Tambuwal, in his remarks, said what Nigeria needs urgently is a good leader, one who believes in peace, progress and development of the country and the welfare of the people.
The Speaker said he was miffed by the pronouncement of the Acting Inspector General of Police, that he (Tambuwal) should vacate his office having defected from PDP to the All Progressive Congress.
He argued thus: “Recently, the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko defected to PDP alongside the Speaker of House of Assembly.
“The IGP did not say the Speaker should vacate his seat. Why is he now making such pronouncement in my own case.
“Is it a case of different laws for different people? Anyway, I have gone to court, so I rest my case.
“I must however, commend well-meaning Nigerians, political and civil society groups for their supports they have given me since this whole issue started.”
The Guest Speaker at the occasion, Dr. Muiz Banire, said the use of military for the conduct of elections is totally unconstitutional and so must be discouraged.
Banire, in a lecture entitled: “Osun Election: A Pathway for Nigeria’s Democratic Growth,” posited that it is abnormal to find government still deploying soldiers in order to rig elections for its favoured candidates all in the guise of providing security and observing the rule of law.
“It is our position that the use of military men to conduct elections is completely unconstitutional.
“It is the apogee of lawlessness and the zenith of impunity for any president to deploy soldiers to monitor or conduct elections in Nigeria,” Banire said.
Dignitaries at the occasion include: the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, represented by Alhaji Kawu Baraje; former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, represented by former Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Lagos State, Prince Adeniji Adele; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, represented by the party’s National Vice Chairman for the southwest region, Chief Pius Akinyelure; Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal; former Governor of Osun, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Orelope Adejoke-Adefulire.
Others are: Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon; House of Representatives members such as the House Minority Leader, Hon. Hakeem Gbajabiamila; his Deputy, Hon. Abdur Rahman Kawu Sumaila; Hon. James Abiodun Faleke; Hon. Hakeem Abiodun Muniru; Hon. (Mrs.) Ayo Omidiran; Hon. Rotimi Makinde; and Hon. Lasun Yusuf; Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salam; his Lagos State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji; Hon. Hakeem Gbajabiamila; APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Muhammed; APC National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire; Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat; his Education and Housing counterparts: Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye and Mr Bosun Jeje respectively; Secretary to the Government of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule; her Osun state counterpart, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Comrade Kayode Opeifa; and his Information and Strategy counterpart; Lateef Ibirogba; Lagos House of Assembly members: Honourable (Mrs.) Adefunmilayo Tejuoso; Hon Abdul Baq Balogun; House Leader, Ajibayo Adeyeye; Hon Muibat Rufai-Adeyemi; Hon Rahmata Lahi Akinola-Hassan; Hon Wahab Wale Alawiye-King; lawmakers from Osun State; Lagos governorship aspirant, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and many prominent politicians.
Also at the ceremony were royal fathers from Osun and Kwara States.