Osun 2014: Fasoranti, Falae, others back Akinwusi
Some Yoruba leaders have endorsed the candidature of former Osun State Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Olusegun Akinwusi, as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) flagbearer in the August 9 governorship election.
Those who gave their backing to Akinwusi’s nomination are Afenifere leader Pa Reuben Fasoranti; the party’s National Chairman Chief Olu Falae and the state leader, Chief Oladipo Olaitan.
The former HOS emerged as the SDP candidate after winning the party’s primary election conducted in Osogbo on Friday.
Reacting to Akinwusi’s victory, Falae, who led him and the Ademola Isola-led state executives to the Afenifere leader in his Akure hometown, in Ondo State, said the former HoS could take Osun to greater heights.
He said: “I have heard about him. He is equal to the task and he will pursue an agenda for a better Osun state and Nigeria. Awolowo’s ideal was not about going around with brooms but it is a philosophy and that is why Yoruba people are far ahead in the country.”
Falae explained that SDP is an offshoot of the defunct Action Group (AG), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), SDP of the Third Republic and the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
“Yoruba people are back again in SDP because we need to serve our people. Awolowo believed in service and was not carrying money everywhere as we are experiencing now. SDP is a third force that will lead Nigeria better and out of troubled waters”, he added.
Pa Fasoranti said he joined AG in 1951 and has remained committed to the late Awolowo’s philosophy, adding: “And I have no regrets.”
The octogenarian prayed for Akinwusi’s success and advised him to remain committed to his programmes and the manifestoes of his party and serve the people of Osun diligently.
Olaitan, a chieftain of Afenifere and a former member of the National Assembly, noted that Akinwusi is a technocrat who served the state for 35 years as a civil servant without blemish.
He urged Osun indigenes to vote for the ex-HOS in the forth coming polls, saying “with Akinwusi, Osun will be freed from the shackles of poverty ravaging the state and delivered from the warlords presently occupying the state.
“I have observed that all our leaders in Afenifere are enjoying peace. This is not about money but about satisfaction and service to humanity. These are the kind of leaders we want.”
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