While inaugurating a new market in osogbo,Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to a public debate ahead of the August 9 governorship election.
Aregbesola said this in Osogbo on Monday at the inauguration of
Ayegbaju International Modern Market.
Speaking extempore in Yoruba language at the inauguration, the
governor, who is seeking re-election said that his administration
had achieved far more than what the PDP government did in over
seven years in office.
According to him, the quality of the roads being built by his
administration is not comparable to the “poor quality jobs” the
past PDP administration did while in office.
Aregbesola said, “Call them, let us debate on what we have to offer
to the people. It can be for one hour or more. Ask them to come
and let us debate.
“They are free to choose whether to be the first to talk or to be the
last. I don’t care about that but let them come and let us talk.”
But Omisore’s reaction could not be got as at the time of filing this
A text message sent to Omisore’s media aide, Mr. Diran Odeyemi,
was yet to be responded to as at the time of filing this report.
The governor said that the state was in crisis for the 90 months the
PDP spent in office but stated that his administration had
succeeded in restoring peace to Osun State.
He urged the people to shun warmongers just as he advised the
people against entrusting the state in the hands of people he
described as clueless.
The governor said in his speech that the market cost the sum of N
2.3bn. He said that the problem of poverty was due to people’s
inability to trade.
Aregbesola noted that most trading and commercial activities in
Nigeria were “disjointed, disconnected and disarticulated,”
stressing that people could trade their ways out of poverty into
wealth and prosperity.
He said, “If only we can do this, Nigeria has no business being
poor. We have for far too long remained a country of potential
wealth. We need to get our acts together, hang together, and begin
to get truly wealthy.
“With a population of well over 167m our prospects for wealth
creation is simply stupendous. Let us take a look around us, even
our small state of Osun is home to a few million people who all
require one or two goods or services, from one-day-old babies to
fully grown adults. Even the dead have needs that must be met.”