A governorship aspirant in Osun State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Elder Tunde Adedeji has said that he would be the nominee for governor in the state on the platform of the APC.
“My chances of becoming the party’s candidate and winning the next governorship election in Osun State are bright,” he said.
In an interview in Lagos, Adedeji said he had to join the gubernatorial race to bring in the much needed investment to develop the state, harness the huge resources, shore up revenue and fill the gap in infrastructure.
“I have what it takes in terms of exposure, education and vision to lead Osun State to the next level of development. I have been in politics since 1998. Prior to that, I was active in student politics, a king maker and parliamentarian during my days in University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife (OAU)).
“Nobody could have been president of the Students Union without my input. I attempted the House of Representatives in 1999 and my ticket was ceded to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
I cooperated with Chief Bisi Akande, our great leader, political father, mentor and great coach. I have been a loyal party man. I have gained a lot from our progressive leaders. I am a key player in Osun politics.
“The greatest travail of the progressives was the struggle for the actualisation of the mandate of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. I am glad that I was part of the process.
I am able to mix maximally with different kinds of people –Youth, women, the old, privileged and under privileged. I have a lot of contacts both locally and internationally that can be harnessed to bring in the much needed investment to develop the state.
“I served as the chairman of two companies within the Oodua Group of Companies, Askar Paints Nigeria Limited and Wrought Iron Nigeria Limited. I want to leave a legacy of good governance” he said.
A grassroots politician and a native of Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State, Adedeji said he would fight the election on economic issues.
“Osun should not be a poor state. The state is endowed. If given the mandate, I will leverage on the infrastructural development efforts of the incumbent.
All that is needed is a visionary leader, who can think out of the box, come up with solutions that will address the paucity of development in the state. Osun is an agrarian community. We have to increase productivity through massive investment in agriculture, agro-industry and agribusiness.
“I am committed to building a state where there would be economic buoyancy, a hub of modern development and beehive of business investments and employment generation activities.”
The aspirant who in an open letter to the people of the state informing them of his intentions also solicited their support to “elevate our state to the next millennial stage of envy, equity and justice, economic liberation, financial empowerment and above all the fear of God.
“Please give me your support that will help us all to steer the ship of the State of Osun unto the harbour of greatness,” he pleaded with the people while displaying his phone contacts for the people to reach him easily.