The Symbol of good governance in the state of Osun has been on a positive trajectory. Recognition for planning, meticulous attention to details as well as his perchant for sustained hard-work has come in from far and near.
On the 21st of February, the Symbol will be awarded Independent Newspaper Limited’s Man-of–the-year award. The editorial board of the Newspaper chose him because he has visibly laid the emphasis on good governance as a way of achieving social welfare as well as social solidarity. This thrust is important. The process of development is predicted on it. To achieve socially cohesive society, Aregbe has had to put together the fiscal prudence required to re-direct capital to build up the productive base. This is of enormous importance for the productive base to generate sustainable long–term employment.
Long term sustainable employment is vital for individual self-esteem. It is also a veritable tool to fight social deviancy at individual and community level. This translates into social solidarity at the level of society. The understanding of, and interpretation of the concept of society underpins Aregbe’s social programmes. This is why his programmes have been really transformative. The abuse of the term transformative has unfortunately diminished its importance. Indeed it has made it rather trite. Nevertheless, in Aregbe’s case the results have been transformative.
The state of Osun today is at peace with itself. It has not always been so. Not so long ago under the ancient regime the state was associated with mayhem, blood and thunder. The people have since said, NEVER AGAIN. It’s goodbye to all that. The state of Osun is today focused on long-term sustainable development. Agriculture is being modernized.
The school system is being refurbished. This means that an entire generation is being prepared to face the future. There can be no greater empowerment. Across all areas of human endeavor a sustainable foundation is being laid. Aregbe is truly on the March again. This has left what remains of a confused opposition in Osun completely wrong-footed. Ogbeni Aregbesola has become too powerful a monster for them to defeat in the coming governorship election due to his sterling performance. Winning the next gubernatorial election for the opposition looks very much like pursuing a mission impossible. The opposition of course have unwittingly become Aregbe’s chief campaign managers. With elections just months away they have not transformed themselves. By now they really ought to be not just an opposition but a government-in-waiting.
The problem here is that a government-in-waiting actually waits armed with a credible, alternative programme. The Osun branch of the PDP has significally failed to develop any form of programme. This is obviously because of intellectual poverty and a lack of focus.
Since the PDP’s modus operandi is about ‘come and chop’ perhaps there is no need for a programme in the first place. What for example was launched recently by a governorship wannabe – Iyiola Omisore – cannot be described as a programme as it lacks any form of structure. It is in reality nothing but confused thoughts. The emphasis here is on confused thinking and not ideas. It is not the kind of thing that will mobilize let alone galvanize the electors. This is why the electorate is indifferent to the PDP in Osun. Indeed hostile might be a better word.
In contradiction the response to the APC registration has been overwhelming. This shows that hope has been renewed through Aregbe’s intervention. In a few months time, Aregbe’s well merited mandate will be re-validated. The endorsement will be overwhelming and unprecedented. He has earned it. With a second term Osun would have been fully transformed under him. For the people of the state of Osun it will be a great leap forward.