The Peoples Democratic Party has started the sale of forms for the Osun State governorship election, with two aspirants, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, picking their forms at a cost of N11m each.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed August 9 for the conduct of the election while the party is expected to hold its primaries on April 5.
Olasunkanmi was at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday to pick his for, while a former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore picked his own through Mr. Felix Fadipe .
Olasunkanmi, who briefed journalists after picking his form, accused the Governor of the state, Mr. Rauf of performing below expectation.
He also said the governor was already drifting the state along religious line and was also piling up debts for unborn children in the state.
Though he said it would be wrong to assume that the governor had not performed since his assumption of office, Olasunkanmi however said what was on ground was not at par with the money received by the state from the Federation Account and the Internally Generated Revenue.
Olasunkanmi said, “The question is whether what he has done is commensurate with IGR to the state and debt that he has accrued for the state.”
He said it was appalling for a state governor to be commissioning primary schools.
Lambasting the administration for lacking “managerial competence,” he said the Oponmo computer project was being over-hyped, adding that only 2,000 computers out of 150,000 earmarked by government had been provided, even though the governor claims 5,000 copies had been distributed.
On the debt profile of the state, he said, “We don’t know how much debt he is owing anytime we ask they become abusive. But it is the right of every Osun indegene to know how much they owe. It is either they don’t know or they are ashamed to disclose it.”
Speaking on the possibility of a consensus candidate, he noted that the idea was not a wrong way of choosing a candidate, but he insisted that there should be an acceptable template to be used.
He said such templates included the acceptance of all candidates to accept its outcome and that the candidate must be a loyal member of the party.
He said, “If anybody says he wants to be consensus candidate he wants to get it through the back door. Some people have been nurturing the party before now so nobody can just come now and demand consensus.
“I know the president, the national chairman of the party are fair-minded people. I have prepared myself, I want to prepare my impeccable service from being a senator to honorable minister of youth and development.
“My programme is going to be majorly focused on education and employment generation. Unemployment is a time bomb that any serious aspirant must tackle head on. I will pay attention to skill acquisition.”
On reports that a former governor Isiaka Adeleke, has joined the governorship race in the state, Olasunkanmi described it as rumour adding “he is one of the leaders I first consulted.”
“He gave his blessing and said he wants to go to the Senate. He is an honourable man and he gave me his word. Even people from his constituency also told me he is not contesting for governorship,” he said.