Sanusi Asks Nigerians To Respect Human Rights

Sanusi Asks Nigerians To Respect Human RightsThe Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has asked Nigerians to always respect the rights of the weak, the vulnerable and the minority for peaceful coexistence.

The Emir made the call on Wednesday when visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at his place in Ile Ife, Osun State.

Accompanied by senior members of the Kano Emirate Council, he said he was in Ile Ife to formally congratulate the Ooni on his ascension to the throne of his forefathers, and to appreciate him for his fatherly role in the recent communal crisis in Ile Ife.

Agents Of Peace

“I was here as a prince a couple of years ago in company of my late father, Emir Ado Bayero, during the 30th coronation anniversary of the late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II. As a prince, I had always felt welcome in this palace and today, on arriving here, I have received the same welcome as a member of this royal family.

“It is indeed remarkable and we thank Allah for the way he does his things, because the relationship between our two predecessors which was critical to building bridges across the Niger and unifying the people of this country has continued with us, and I hope we will keep being agents of peace and unity for our great country,” the visiting monarch said.

“My visit here today is a happy and sad one. It is a happy one because it is an opportunity for me to come and formally congratulate you on your enthronement, and it is a sad one because it is in connection with the sad incident that occurred in Ile-Ife recently.

“I know many people from the north have been complaining that I have been quiet on this matter, let me say that the moment this sad incident happened, His Majesty, the Ooni of Ife reached out to me and Sultan; both of us have reached out to Ooni on a number of times and we are satisfied with the fatherly way he has so far responded to the crisis, which we see as a confirmation that he is truly the father of all in Yorubaland irrespective of tribes and religion.

“And we felt that so long the Ooni was doing everything humanly possible to stabilise the situation, there was no need for anyone of us to make any statement that could worsen the situation. Let me also add that I was to be here with the Sultan, but he has had to travel and he has asked me to represent him and all the Northern traditional rulers.

“I on behalf of Sultan and the other Emirs, commiserate with you over the sad incident. You showed indeed that everyone in Ife is your subject, which is the way it should be. The family we come from and the institution we represent are institutions that take responsibility for protecting the lives, property and dignity of our people living within their jurisdiction irrespective of where they are from. We thank you for playing that role,” he added.

Sanusi also commended the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, for setting up a commission of inquiry to look into the matter and immediate cause of the incident and to recommend appropriately, saying “our relationship in the country is such that safety in one place is safety everywhere”.

A Detribalised Nigerian

In his remarks, Ooni Ogunwusi thanked the Emir whom he described as a perfect gentleman, and expressed satisfaction with the reaction of the northern leaders over the ugly incident.

“When you are talking of intellectuals in Africa, Emir Sanusi is actually a force to reckon with. I have always had tremendous respect for him. Thank you Your Highness for this historic visit. You are a detribalised Nigerian who has always shown love to members of other tribes. My love for you dates back to when you were Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, as your courage of calling a spade a spade actually drew my attention to you.

“You and I met in the UK and we had intensive conversation as regards the crisis and the need to strengthen the unity of all Nigerians. That meeting played a significant role in finally dousing the tension. You are indeed part of us in Ile-Oodua and we are also part of the Kano Emirate. Our prayer therefore, is that our relationship will continue to wax stronger,” he said.

The Yoruba monarch also appreciated the Osun State Government for its demonstration of love and responsibility during the crisis.

“The State Government of Osun has played its role very responsibly by swiftly rising to the occasion, and severally visiting the affected areas with solidarity and donation of cash and other relieve materials. Same goes with us here at the palace, Ife prominent indigenes and all the Yoruba leaders of thought.

“We have been doing this just to give them the assurance that we are one big family and I have since been working perfectly with the Sultan and the Emirs for the sustenance of the peace that we have restored after the crisis,” he said.

After presenting the Emir with an artwork gift representing the cultural diversity in Nigeria and the unity of the people, Ooni Ogunwusi and his chiefs led the Emir and his entourage on a visit to the Hausa community at the Sabo area of the town, where they both had a brief meeting with Seriki Hausa and his people.

I Want Osun To Be A Model Of Civilised Administration – Aregbesola

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On RecessionThe Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to turning the state to a model of civilised administration in the country.

He said his government had not relented in its determination to achieve 25 years works within eight years.

Governor Aregbesola gave the assurance on Thursday while receiving the leadership of Methodist Church of Nigeria, at the Government House, Osogbo.

He said his administration had been working round the clock in reviving the state’s economy and as well positioning the state among the most viable economies in Nigeria.

Aregbesola told reporters that his government, since inception in 2010, had been threading paths of economic reinvigoration, which according to him, helped to record unprecedented feats in the last six years.

Regaining Of “Hope”

He said the state under his leadership had succeeded in its designed policies of economic re-engineering and revitalisation aimed at achieving greater profitability, effectiveness and productivity.

Governor Aregbesola further claimed that his coming to the state was not in any way by accident but rather a clarion call to liberate the good people of the state from the shackles of backwardness.

The Governor, who described his emergence as the regaining of “hope” that had already been lost, said “coming to Osun has given birth to socio-economic prosperity and political stability”.

According to him, the state government, having realised the economic potential of the state, decided to embark on people-oriented programmes that have positively affected the lives of the residents.

Affirming his belief on the efficacy of prayers, Governor Aregbesola attributed some of the achievements made by his government to unflinching supports received from religious leaders.

He called on other religious leaders in Nigeria to save the nation from its present economic situation.

Governor Aregbesola stressed that Nigeria had reached a climax where prayers and supplication were indispensable to facilitate quick survival.

“I am a product of prayers. I believe strongly in the efficacy of prayers. That is why our administration has been growing from strength to strength.

“As we all know, the present economic situation has challenged each and everyone on the need to move closer to God and as well support the country with prayers.

“We must all pray vehemently to rescue our nation out of the current socio-economic, religious, cultural and political unrest”, he stressed.

Earlier, the Archbishop of Ilesa Arch-diocese of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Amos Akindeko, eulogised Governor Aregbesola for always placing God first in all he does.

Reverend Akindeko, who led other men of God in prayers, prayed God to continue to uphold the state and its people.

PDP Claims Osun Govt. Wants To Divert Funds From Paris Club Deductions

Court Adjourns PDP Leadership Suit IndefinitelyThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola, of “scheming to divert funds from Paris Club deductions” paid to the state recently and meant to offset workers’ arrears of salaries and pensions.

The opposition party in a statement by its spokesman in the state, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said that rather than pay workers’ full salaries, Governor Aregbesola opted for half pay for those at top echelon of the service and 75% for others.

Osun State recently announced receipt of over 11 billion Naira being the state’s share of the over-deducted funds from the state in repayment of debt owed Paris Club.

The party claimed that out of all states in the country that got over deductions repayment, only Osun is not yet paying workers’ salaries in full and queried continuous payment of half salaries by the government even with hard-biting economic realities in the country.

It claimed that “the mode of payment of salaries being adopted for the utilisation of the over 11 billion Naira funds got by Aregbesola was similar to how he mishandled the over 34 billion he got as bailout in September last year”.

“Kogi and Plateau that got refunds of over deductions have subsequently announced that all outstanding workers’ salaries and pensions should be paid and they have been paid”

“Why is Osun’s case different? Aregbesola has been employing all manners of underhand tactics just to ensure bulk of the funds given to him is diverted again. We got hint this would happen and advised the federal government to pay workers directly.

“With this development, we have been vindicated. Osun PDP demand urgent intervention of all relevant agencies of federal government to ensure fund meant for salaries is not diverted again. We also urge the Senate to speed up the probe of utilisation of bailout funds got by Aregbesola last year and the admission that the sum of three millions Naira is still being kept in some Banks.

“The probe should be completed on time to serve as deterrent. Within two days, after the show of shame called probe by the state lawmakers, three billion Naira was declared as left-over of 34 billion Naira bailout. Strangely, two days later, the figure was refuted and the left over was put at three million Naira. We believe with the probe panel of the Senate due in the state soon, truth will be unveiled,” the party stated.

Meanwhile, the Osun State government had on Friday confirmed the receipt of the over 11 billion Naira fund.

The government had said that based on the received fund, the Governor had approved an upward review of the existing salaries and pensions payment structure with the aim of further easing the financial strains foisted on the workers and pensioners as a result of the national economic challenge the country has faced in recent times.

The statement further gave a breakdown of how payments would be made, with the government saying the decision was reached after exhaustive deliberations by the Revenue Apportionment Committee which comprises representatives of workers and the government, under the leadership of Comrade Hassan Sumonu.

Aregbesola Tasks Media On Information On State Of Economy

rauf-aregbesolaThe Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has asked media organisations in Nigeria to urgently use their platforms to educate Nigerians on the implications of the economic situations, with a view to getting everyone to understand the situation.

Mr Aregbesola specifically said radio broadcasters had great roles to play in doing this and further promoting the peace of the society by discouraging hate messages and promoting those that enhance communal peace and stability.

The governor gave the task to the media at the official commissioning of Oodua FM, established by a former member of the House of Representatives and an actor, Honourable Rotimi Makinde, in Ile-Ife.

He said the disturbing war carnage scenes beamed into homes daily by foreign channels should be enough lesson for all that promoting hate messages is inimical to peace.

The governor encouraged journalists to dedicate themselves to peace and do away with divisive messages in discharging their duties.

“Radio stations must at this time of hardship do all they can to support government’s efforts in promoting innovative and technology-based ideas to move the nation forward.

“My advice for the owner and the entire management of this station is to use the medium wisely to promote peaceful coexistence among the people in Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.

“Please do not politicise your activities at this radio station. Let this establishment be for the promotion of the highest values and ethos of Yoruba people.

“Strive to let this station be for the promotion of peace, harmony, love and affection among Nigerians especially Yoruba people.

“Shun any divisive tendency and use this station for educational purpose. Use it to promote our culture and balanced entertainment.

“Also, use this station to promote industry, productivity and efficiency as these, will go a long way in rescuing our society from the current recession we are all in,” he advised.

He condemned in its entirety the manner in which some broadcast media houses have been bastardising the profession on self-serving interests, saying that if not that his government’s programmes and policies resonate with the people, an unnamed Osun-based radio station would have thrown the state into confusion through its hate messages.

The governor said: “The time has come for journalists to be at the forefront of nation building and do away with subjectivity, favouritism and personal emotions”.

Aregbesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On Recession

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On RecessionGovernor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has tasked radio stations on the urgent need to use their platforms to educate Nigerians on the implications of the economic recession in the country.

Aregbesola specifically said radio broadcasters have great roles to play in doing this as well as promoting the peace of the society by discouraging hate messages and promoting those that enhance communal peace and stability.

The Governor stated this at the official commissioning of Oodua FM, established by a former member of the House of Representatives and an actor, Mr Rotimi Makinde in Ile-Ife over the weekend.

He said the disturbing war carnage scenes beamed into homes daily by foreign channels should be enough lesson for all, that promoting hate messages is inimical to peace.

He then asked journalists to dedicate themselves to peace and do away with divisive issues in discharging their duties.

Aregbesola said radio stations must at this time of hardship do all they can to support the government’s efforts in promoting innovative and technology-based ideas to move the nation forward.

In his words, “my advice for the owner and the entire management of this station is to use the medium wisely to promote peaceful coexistence among the people in Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole.

“Please do not politicise your activities at this radio station. Let this establishment be for the promotion of the highest values and ethos of Yoruba people.

“Strive to let this station be for the promotion of peace, harmony, love and affection among Nigerians especially Yoruba people.

“Shun any divisive tendency and use this station for educational purpose. Use it to promote our culture and balanced entertainment.

“Also, use this station to promote industry, productivity and efficiency as these, would go a long way in rescuing our society from the current recession we are all in.

The governor furthermore, condemned in its entirety the manner in which some broadcast media houses have been bastardizing the profession on self-serving interests.

He stressed that if not that his government’s programs and policies resonated with the people, one of the osun-based radio stations whose name he chose not to mention, would have thrown the state into confusion through its hate messages.

“The time has come for journalists to be at the forefront of nation building and do away with subjectivity, favoritism and personal emotions,” Aregbesola said.

Economic Recession Is Temporary Test On Transition – Aregbesola

Rauf-Aregbesola-Osun-State-governor-on-floodingThe Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday assured Nigerians that the current economic recession would soon be over.

Aregbesola said the present stalemate in the nation’s economy remains a temporary test on transition.

The Governor gave the assurance while addressing members of the state Muslim Community who gathered at Osogbo City Stadium to celebrate the Islamic New Year of Hijrah 1438, seen as a period after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Medina.

Mr Aregbesola urged Nigerians to remain patient and embrace the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the current hardship was being ameliorated.

He attributed the challenges facing the country to bad governance in the past, saying the country had gotten to a stage of putting her predicaments behind.

Too Much Of Sins

Aregbesola, who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the Office of the Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, noted that Prophet Muhammad migrated due to hardship faced in the course of preaching Islam.

He stressed that endurance in the face of hardship was exemplified by Prophet Muhammad, assuring Nigerians that the nation will get over recession.

Governor Aregbesola, who expressed confidence in the ability of President Buhari to bring the much desired change to all facets of the economy, said the APC-led administration would not disappoint Nigerians.

He advised Nigerians to be agents of the change they desired, stressing that “change begins with everyone”.

The Governor, however, called on Muslims to sustain tolerance to other religions by living together in peace, love and unity so as to enhance national growth and development.

Mr Aregbesola also used the occasion to admonish the people on the need to pay their taxes, promising that the tax would be managed effectively for the progress of the state.

Earlier, the guest lecturer, Sheik Muslim Husain Akinola, attributed the economic recession to too much of sins.

Speaking on the theme: “Current Economic Recession in Nigeria: Manmade or God Ordained?, Sheik Akinola, insisted that economic recession was caused by Nigerians.

Quoting copiously from the Quran, Akinola who is the Khalifa (heir), Sheik Abdul Baaqi Muhammad, Islahudeen Missionary, noted that Allah had warned against the current hardship period.

He stated that God had promised hardship for any nation that rejoiced in sin, maintaining that the only remedy was for everybody to repent.

This year’s Hijrah programme was organised by the State Muslim Community in conjunction with the state government.

Economic Recession: Ooni Of Ife Asks FG To Invest In Culture, Tourism

economic recession, ooni of ife, cultue, tourismaThe Ooni of Ile-Ife has called on the Federal Government to intensify investments in culture and tourism, saying the sector is capable of bailing the country out of economic recession.

The Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, also advised the government to promote Nigeria’s culture, as a unifying force for the people within and in the diaspora.

Ooni Ogunwusi made the request at the unveiling of the Olojo Festival logo, which marked the beginning of the 2016 Olojo Festival, held at the the Ile-Oodua Palace on Friday.

Oba Ogunwusi while launching the logo said: “What we are doing is indeed a new one. We have improved the branding and we want to show the landmark uniqueness of Ile-Ife as a tourist centre.

“Both the government and private entrepreneurs should begin to use tourism for unity and economic development. Tourism is about movement. It is like a mandate that draws people from every part of the world”.Olojo

Oba Ogunwusi said embracing culture and tourism would bail Nigeria out of recession, describing it as a lasting solution to the current economic challenges.

The Ooni also mentioned that the sector was capable of making Osun State one of the richest states in Nigeria.

‎While describing Olojo as one festival with world class recognition, he emphasised the fact that ‘the festival draws all sons and daughters from across the world’ and that it would be a good opportunity to reinforce the notion of Ife, as a foremost cultural centre and sensitise them on the need to tap into tourism and culture.

Tourism ‘Money-spinner’

The Director General of the Office of Economic Development and Partnerships (OEDP), Dr. Charles Akinola, who represented the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, said that entrepreneurs involvement was necessary for cultural renaissance and socio-economic development.

Explaining further, he pointed out that Ile-Ife had no less than 12 tourist centres of international standards and also made reference to some other countries who have generated revenue ranging from $20.2 billion to $177.2 billion.

He stated that the government already had a tourism master-plan and had been developing it within the possible financial circumstances.

“When these are developed and well marketed, they will generate jobs in arts and craft; tour guides, transportation services in airlines and taxicabs and hospitality services,” he stated.

Dr Akinola called on entrepreneurs and those interested to partner with the government in order for the nation to benefit from the tourism ‘money-spinner’.

Stressing the importance of this partnership, he explained that culture separates one human group from another.

“Culture is the capsule that houses the economic system, science and technology, behavioural pattern, beliefs and religion of a people.”

He further expressed concern that Nigeria was not tapping into the economic aspect of culture, saying: “We can build a thriving economy around our culture and monuments”.

Pensioners Shun Osun 25th Anniversary, Protest Unpaid Gratuities

Osun-PensionersSome pensioners in Osun State on Saturday refused to participate in the 25th Anniversary celebration of the state and instead took to the street in protest, calling for the payment of gratuities to retirees of 2011-2012 and an end to half payment of pensions to the retirees in the state.

The pensioners, under the forum of retirees of 2011/2012, recounted their grievances while addressing reporters in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.

They also claimed that the celebration of the ‘State @25’ by the State government was unwarranted, considering the current economic situation.

To the pensioners, what is required of the Governor and the people of the state at this period of The Silver Jubilee is a sober reflection and not celebration.

Chairman of the Forum‎, Mr Omoniyi Ilesanmi, who berated the Governor of the State, Rauf Aregbesola, for not fulfilling his statutory obligation towards the pensioners, claimed that many lives had been lost in the struggle while others were already bedridden.

He alleged that the bailout fund given to the state by the Federal Government was diverted by the Governor.

They further implored the Governor to pay their outstanding pensions and gratuities without further delay to end their sufferings.

He said: “The fact on ground was that Osun State government, under the command of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, was owing the pensioners outstanding gratuities of about seven years between 2009 and 2012 and accumulated monthly pension of eight and half months”.

“As a result of the insensitivity of ‘dictator Aregbesola’, over 1,143 have died avoidable deaths. No fewer than 500 pensioners are bedridden in hospitals and their various homes.

“These are only from the forum of 2011/2012 retirees”.

Mr Ilesanmi further said “Governor Aregbesola has purchased uniforms for his paid agents, the so called Triangular Pensioners to launder his image by presenting him through a Kangaroo solidarity demonstration on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the state coming up today and the presidential visit to Osun State on the September 1.

“The group has been given two types of Aso-ebi (uniform) to celebrate with him to deceive the world that all is well in the state, it is not so.

“Help us appeal to him to pay us our gratuities as we are doing.

“We need to reflect on this 25th Anniversary. What development can we see in Osun, instead of spending money in jubilation, let’s pay up workers and pensioners”.

While demonstrations were ongoing, Channels Television tried to reach the the Osun State Head of Service, Olayinka Owoeye, but calls put to him did not go through.

Raise Funds, But Don’t Increase Fees, Aregbesola Tells New Varsity Council

Osun State University Governing-Council appointed by AregbesolaThe Governor of Osun State has asked the new Governing Council of the State’s University to think of new ways of raising funds for the institution that will not lead to hike in school fees.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola made the demand on Monday while addressing the council led by Malham Yusuf Alli, who was appointed as the Pro-Chancellor of the Osun State University.

The inauguration ceremony for the council, which had six other members, was held in Osogbo the capital of the state.

“Think of new ways and approach of raising funds for the institution,” Governor Aregbesola told the council.

According to the Governor, their method of raising funds for the institution should not lead to hike in school fees of the students so as not to create more burden for the children of middle class citizens.

While urging the new Council members to consolidate on the achievements of the former members of the council, Mr Aregbesola called for innovation to achieve better results.

He also tasked the council on helping the university attain a world class standard with their wealth of experience, time and resources.

In his inaugural speech, the Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the council, who is also senior lawyer, assured the Governor that the members would do their best to meet expectations of the government to take the university to the next level.

He promised that the council would be guided by the philosophy of best practices for the system irrespective of individual aspirations.

The Board has Sir Benjamin Aladekomo, Engineer Tunde Ponle, Professor Charles Alao, Doctor Abeke Omotoso, Professor Kasali Adegoke and Dr Solomon Adeboye as members.

Tinubu Asks Labour To Suspend Strike

tinubuThe national leader of the ruling party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is asking Nigerian workers protesting against the recent increase in the price of petrol to suspend the strike in the overall interest of the nation.

Senator Bola Tinubu made the appeal in Abuja on Friday at‎ a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

He told the union that the increasing impoverishment of Nigerians necessitated the increase in the pump price of petrol.

Dialogue With Two Groups

The APC leader further appealed to the officials of the NLC, leading the protest, to return to the negotiating table with the government in order to resolve the issue.

The call for the suspension of the strike was also supported by the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola and the Senator representing Kaduna North in the National Assembly, Suleiman Hunkuyi.

Without making any commitment, the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba,  criticised the approach of the government to the situation, saying the “government is insincere in its dialogue with two groups over the pump price increase of petrol”.

It is three days now that the leadership of the NLC pulled workers into the streets to protest against the recent increase in the price of petrol.

The Federal Government had on May 11 increased the price of Premium Motor Spirit, also referred to as petrol, from 86 Naira, 50 kobo to 145 Naira.

After the increase was announced by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the labour union said it would resist the increase, describing it as ‘insensitive’.

The government said its decision to increase petrol price would end the worst petrol scarcity that the oil-rich nation had experienced in over a decade.

Dr. Kachikwu said the increase would further lighten the difficulty in getting foreign exchange needed for importation of petrol at a period the nation’s refineries were producing below capacity.

Despite these reasons, the NLC insisted that the government should revert to the old price.

After two days of negotiations, the NLC embarked on strike, but the division in the union’s leadership has made light the impact of the strike.

Aregbesola Preaches Commitment To Enhance Productivity

Rauf-Aregbesola_Osun-election-resultThe Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has charged public servants to be committed to duty in order to enhance productivity and boost the economy of the state.

Governor Aregbesola gave the charge in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Tuesday during the yearly prayer to usher in the state’s workforce.

The Governor also identified agriculture as an alternative revenue away from oil in the face of continuous drop in crude oil price.

According to the Governor and his cabinet members, there is an urgent need to boost the dwindling economy of the state as they urged residents and farmers to engage in all forms of farming.

Present at the gathering were royal fathers, religious leaders, market men and women, members of the executive, legislative and judiciary arm of government.

Oyinlola Warns PDP; I Am Still The Legal National Secretary

OyinlolaFormer Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has  warned the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) not to allow the opposition exploit the loophole that his being shut out of office presents as any document signed by anyone presently acting as National Secretary of the party remains invalid.

Oyinlola, who was addressing PDP loyalists during the rally of Osun Central Senatorial District of the party, held in Okuku, Osun State, said that until a superior court says otherwise, the verdict of the Court of Appeal that declared him the validly elected National Secretary of the party still stands.

The purpose of the rally was for the leadership of the party to educate the people on voter register as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC prepares for distribution of cards to the electorates and to also mobilise them on the need to work hard to ensure success at the Governorship Polls.

Debunking insinuations that he had left the PDP, owing to the disciplinary action meted out on him by the leadership of the party, Oyinlola said, “Only the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) has the right to discipline a NEC member that I am. I have studied the constitution of our party and as a lawyer I know that the state chapter of the party or any other organ within the party lacks the prerogative to discipline me.”

He then gave an assurance that the situation would not deter his involvement in the home politics to ensure victory for the PDP, adding that he maintains a cordial relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former governor, who addressed the crowd in the native tongue, also expressed confidence in the ability of the new PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, to steer the party out of crisis and reposition it for a good outing in 2015.

Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun Central Senatorial District, as well as the State PDP Chairman, Ganiyu Olaoluwa, were present at the rally.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will carry out the distribution of the cards to the electorates from March 7 to 9.