A business tycoon and lawyer, Dr. Kayode Oduoye has declared his intention to vie for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the September 22 Osun gubernatorial election.
Addressing the crowd of supporters and party leaders at the official declaration event on Thursday at the state PDP secretariat in Osogbo, Oduoye said beside renegotiating loans taken by the present administration, he would also probe all credit facilities taken by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.
He declared that any aspirant thinking of running the state with only monthly allocation from Abuja, should not bother to contest the governorship poll.
With hundreds of his supporters, the politicians said his major task, if elected would be to revamp the economy of the state.
He disclosed that the state entered into technical recession in the year 2013, stressing that using agric and massive industrialisation will reinvigorate Osun’s economy.
Oduoye explained that, while present loans taken by government can be renegotiated, he added that many of the loans already procured by the present asmwere taken without due process.
According to him, “Osun’s economy is in coma. It will take beyond merely renegotiating the loans taken by Aregbesola’s administration to revive the economy.
“Whoever does not have other plans of raising funds to run government apart from monthly allocation, should not bother to contest. It goes beyond that. We will renegotiate loans already taken, and investigate all the loans taken because with the facts available to me, many loans were taken without due process.
“I have experience as a businessman on how to successfully run business. I am going to leverage on all I have learnt over the years in private sector to govern Osun. I have the energy, I have the link and my generation is willing to take over mantle of leadership.
“Zoning is not expedient. Give the best man the job and we will all succeed. Aregbesola intended to kill PDP, but I didn’t spare anything in pulling together our party structure that was falling off at the time. We will do more, if supported to be governor of the state. With a united front, PDP will emerge victorious in the governorship poll,” Oduoye concluded.
I’m his reaction, the state PDP chairman, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, said the leadership of the party would be fair to all aspirants seeking its ticket.
He said none of the aspirants would be allowed to leave the party after governorship primaries, stressing that beside governorship, over 6,000 appointments would be available, if PDP won the gubernatorial poll.
“Also, we assure everyone interested in PDP ticket of our cooperation and bias-free primaries. We are interested in keeping our house in order and that by the grace of God is what we will do,” Adagunodo concluded.