Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola said yesterday that Nigeria may not survive another period of misrule by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He urged Nigerians to work towards replacing the ruling party at the centre.
Aregbesola spoke at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat in Abuja after submitting his nomination form for the August 9 governorship election.
He said: “Politicians, particularly in our type of society, can celebrate any political power, but not just any politician. We are politicians with passion for the people and zeal for change. It is the combination of those two things that informed commitment to give Nigeria a rebirth. Going through the years of the PDP’s bad management of our nation, it is the duty of patriots to work assiduously for their replacement. I do not think our nation can survive another period of misrule by the PDP.”
Telling the APC National Deputy Chairman, Aminu Masari; National Organising Secretary Senator Osita Ozinaso and others the achievements of his administration, Aregbesola that he wants a second term in office to complete the work he has started.
He said: “To continue the good work we started in November, 2010, we decided to seek re-election. We have obtained the nomination form and I am joyfully here to seek the nomination of the party to again run for the governorship position in Osun.”
Aregbesola said his administration has almost completed 10-kilometre roads in each local government and is “processing 1,000 kilometres of roads that are 70 per cent completed”.
He said his administration met a destroyed healthcare sector and is rehabilitating nine hospitals.
The governor said he set up a social security scheme for the elderly, which gives stipends to the aged monthly; created jobs for youths and serve nutritious free meals to about 300,000 pupils daily.
He said: “Due to good governance, we have removed fear from the state. I ask the inept PDP that was there for 90 months to tell us what it did for the people. The only thing that is left is the memory of mis-governance.”
Masari said APC is the panacea to Nigeria’s problems, adding: “With the type of governors we have, we have demonstrated good leadership.”
The former House of Representatives Speaker, who said he just rose from a meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the commission’s Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, assured parties that the 2015 election would be free and fair.
He expressed optimism that the APC would win the presidential and other elections.
Ozinaso said: “Ward congresses in Osun will hold on March 29. The local government congresses will hold on April 1 and the state congress April 5. The primary will hold on April 12.”
He said the party would be fair to all aspirants at the primary.