Osun 2018: Who will succeed Aregbesola? Osun 2018: Who will succeed Aregbesola?
It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws”- Aristotle Edmund Burke also says: “A state... Osun 2018: Who will succeed Aregbesola?

It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws”- Aristotle

Edmund Burke also says: “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation”. There is no gainsaying that the outgoing governor of Osun state, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola is bearing the travail of a reformer.

At the risk of being label a sycophant, spin-doctor or worst still a paid image maker, I make bold to say the man, Aregbesola in the captain’s seat of the ship called Osun state would have match, if not surpass Chief Awolowo’s land mark achievements in the old Western region if he had not being hampered by the wasteful expensive presidential system of government we have being practicing and bad leadership in the state of Osun nay the centre.

It bears repeating that he is bearing the scars of the woeful failures of most of his predecessors with the exception of the civilian administration of Bisi Akande. Governor Aregbesola deserves commendation for his laudable developmental giant strides in the state. He is a man who works quietly while positively impacting on the lives of his people. Before he came on board, many people in the state had looked on with gloom concerning the state of affairs in that land. Indeed, people were not happy at all with the administrations of most of his predecessors, especially, Oyinlola led PDP administration, whose twin legacies are profligacy and ineptitude. Aregbesola became popular in Osun mostly because of the incompetence, greed and cluelessness of some of his predecessors.

However, all that has changed now. The people of the state are now proud to associate themselves with the affairs of the state. There is no gainsaying that Ogbeni Aregbesola has taken governance beyond the pedestrian mark of paying salaries and constructing roads.

The records of his achievements in all sectors are on ground and verifiable. He has won many laurels for his trail-blazing feat in Osun nay Nigeria. He has redefined development in Osun state by investing in policies and prorammes which we and our children children’s will benefit from. Rauf Aregbesola is that “miser” very much hated by the vampires of Osun politics and the beneficiaries of the old other for his uncompromising refusal to throw the usual party, where money belonging to the state is shared out in Ghana- must- go bags. Rather, he “stubbornly” and against the usual practice, invested in education, healthcare, infrastructure, human resources, youth empowerment, thereby, preparing to bequeathing citizens and unborn citizens of the state, so much to live for today and so much to hope for tomorrow. If there is one major challenge that has faced Osun nay Nigeria in more than half a century of her existence as an independent nation, it is incompetent, clueless and corrupt leadership. Before the advent of the corrective regime of Aregbesola, the leadership deficit that assails us in Osun is so legendary that from all indications, the state has continued to lag behind in an emerging world other that emphasizes clear-headed and able leadership. Since the creation of the state in 1991, Osun has been struck by a string of incompetent and corrupt leaders who have being gradually running the state aground before Aregbesola came on a rescue mission.

The first civilian administration in the state headed by late Isiaka Adeleke and Aregbesola’s immediate predecessor in office, Oyinlola led PDP administration are the worst culprits. It is on record that Adeleke and Oyinlola’s watch, humongous amount were voted for projects without execution. The level of rot and decadence and N18 billion suffocating loan Aregbesola met on ground constitute a cog in the wheel of redemption and progress of the state.

In view of the above, it should be glaring to any discerning mind that Aregbesola is bearing the scars of the woeful failures of his predecessors in office and that of the profligate Jonathan led PDP government who robbed the states of its share of billions of naira of statutory allocation. The foregoing explains why most states, with the exception of Lagos and Ogun can no longer pay its workers salaries and pensions as at when due.

With the above revelations, it is patently clear that the burden of inability to pay full salary to some categories of workers as at when due would have been minimal if Aregbesola’s predecessors had done the job they were elected to do during their era. There is no gainsaying that the mess of Oyinlola led PDP government better forgotten years cannot be cleared by four generation of successors. If Osun must stay on its current course of rebirth and renewal, if there is a need to sustain the momentum and build on the solid foundations of Aregbesola led APC government, then, we must not make the mistake of allowing our state to go to a wrong hand after Aregbesola’s purposeful administration. There is nothing harder to bear than the reverse of fortunes.

I strongly believe we the people of Osun are not prepared to move backward. We have poised to be on the move until we get to the promised land. Osun people are too wise to succumb to the promises of a new beginning. It is common knowledge that Nigeria still remains a potentially great nation because of inept, clueless and corrupt leadership it has being inflicted with and lack of continuity of programmes.

Developmental programmes are better sustained if allow to strive and endure over time. The antics of political hirelings, rudderless opposition, professional bootlickers, paid image makers, crumb grazers and unconscionable trumpet blowers must be forestalled by the electorate. The point must not be lost on us that 2018 represents our water shed year, a year will must take our destiny in our own hands, a year that will determine whether we will continue to make progress as a people or bear the reverse of fortunes, God forbid! This time around however, the brilliant and the highly politically sophisticated people of Osun must not, shall not allow ourselves to be hoodwinked as we were in 2003.

The greatest mistake any one would be making at this point is to suggest that the state be give to just any one to manage come 2018. Yes, Osun may appear too weak and fragile now to attract quality minds, it should not be thrown to the dogs. Its journey back from Golgotha must be smooth, steady and assured. It will however, will be too stretchy for a short- distant runner and too cranky for the faint-hearted to drive.

Nurudeen Adegbenro