The Senate Minority Whip and frontline All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Lagos state, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon has predicted that his party’s victory at the just concluded election in Osun state is a clear pointer to what the South West people and indeed Nigerians at large should expect in 2015.
The former Mushin Local Government Chairman popularly called GOS stated this in Lagos weekend while commenting on his visit to Osun on Thursday to congratulate Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his last weekend re-election victory.
“It is a fact that I was in Osun to give my brother, Governor Aregbesola my support during the last days of his campaign rallies. However, after the election victory I had to go back there last Thursday to congratulate him because his election is not only a pacesetter in the South West but a pointer to what the country should expect in 2015”, the Senator with a large political followership in Lagos disclosed.
GOS who is contesting the state governorship from the Lagos East Senatorial District argued that the Osun victory is certainly a moral booster for APC members and supporters across the country, adding that “as long as the party leadership does not derail from the path of internal democracy that has been followed in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states, we will not have cause to grapple with any big challenge.”
While explaining further, Solomon who was also a former member of the House of Representatives said what happened in Osun is an indication that “popular candidates presented to the electorate through credible party primaries cannot be intimidated by any federal might because his people will stick out their neck to stand with him and fight for him.”
According to him, “that was exactly what happened in Osun where the party presented a popular candidate who has endeared himself to the people with superlative performance and in turn the people went out and defied the heavy security deployment to vote for him. It then means that if our party, APC, will adhere to the direct primaries approach that has been used in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun in picking our candidates for the 2015 elections in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and other parts of the country, we will have no internal issues that can threaten our capability to confront PDP in oneness the way we did in Osun.”
He congratulated the people of Osun for re-electing Aregbesola stating that “more dividends of democracy will come their way in the next four years again and beyond if they keep faith with the party because their governor is too passionate about them and will not disappoint them.”