The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress ( APC) Prince Gboyega Famodun has described a governorship in the state, Elder (Dr) Samuel Ibiyemi as an asset needed by national ruling party to win the 2018 governorship election in the state.
According to him, Ibiyemi has the zeal and the commitment needed in the party.
“We are in need of those with this kind of zeal in politics, with his past successes he will be successful,” the APC Chairman said.
Prince Famodun stated during the declaration ceremony of Ibiyemi at the APC state secretariat in Osogbo that his wealth of experience in various leadership positions in the Nigerian Airforce made him an asset capable of disgracing opposition parties.
He said that the presentation on his programme is the first of its kinds among all aspirants who had expressed intention to contest for governor at the party secretariat since the commencement of the election campaign.
“We are impressed by his determination, his programmes for the state of Osun,” he noted.
He however noted that ever since the creation of the State of Osun, Ife indigenes have been demanding for the position of governor.
“I am delighted an Ife indigene can finally show the courage and commitment to contest at the state level.
“I see love and togetherness in Osun with the way people turn out for Ibiyemi’s declaration ceremony. Ibiyemi is an asset”, Famodun noted.
The party chairman observed that the experience of Dr Ibiyemi in the public and private sectors of Nigerian economy as an entrepreneur is better than the consideration of money as basis for preference. He added that his service also at the national level volunteering to die for Nigeria as a soldier is unequal among other aspirants. “We need him to serve in APC to bring his leadership qualities on board needed to promote the ideology of team work sustaining growth and development of the party,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Dr Ibiyemi promised party faithfuls at the secretariat to establish vocational training centres in each local government of the state to boost skill acquisition by secondary school leavers and university graduates.
The programmes listed in his plans for the state include creation of 40,000 jobs within four years, free education from primary to secondary school level, free health care for pregnant women, free health care for old age above 65 years, investment in agriculture and adoption of Information Communication Technology ( ICT) as benchmark for competitiveness of youths in Osun for gainful employment outside the state.
“My administration will focus on making Osun youths compete effectively with others in securing gainful employment globally,” he said.
Ibiyemi also promised to continue the ongoing projects of Governor Rauf Aregbesola
According to him, there will be no cancellation of projects but addition and continuation of what the present Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has embarked upon in order to make Osun a world class state in the country.
Ibiyemi promised to bring on board investors that will assist to build the economy of the state to consolidate the achievements recorded by Governor Rauf Adesoji. He added that civil servants will enjoy prompt payment of salaries and will be assisted to undergo training before going on retirement.
Ibiyemi assured indigenes of the benefits they will enjoy upon his election as the next Governor of Osun state.