By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The newly emerged Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate for Osun State and former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore on Wednesday said the party will restore “good governance and human dignity” to Osun State .
Senator Omisore stated this in his acceptance speech after he was declared winner of the SDP governorship primary elections by the returning officer and Chairman of the party’s electoral panel from Abuja, Professor Rufai Alkali having polled 123,485 votes to defeat Otunba Yemisi Oladeji who polled 1,805 votes and another aspirant, Mr Atanda, Munirudeen Kehinde who came third with 1,617 votes.
The SDP governorship candidate declared that with the successful conclusion of the Osun SDP governorship primary elections, there is the need for all members and leaders of the party as well as the two other governorship aspirants that contested the primary elections with him to come together and work as a team for the September, 22 governorship election in Osun state.
“First, I must give thanks to the Almighty God for He has taken us all this far and by grace, shall lead us all the way to win the elections. I recognize the participation of Otunba Yemisi Oladeji and Barrister Munirudeen Atanda, who also contested under the banner of the SDP for the coveted position of Gubernatorial candidate. I am very delighted to work with them and other leaders to take the state forward, and to achieve our shared quest; the restoration of good governance and human dignity in Osun state.” he said.
Senator Omisore added, “Our journey formally begins today. This is the first of many victories for the SDP in the state and at all levels. Our agenda for restoration of good governance and human dignity shall be driven by three strategic imperatives; (a) Accountability (b) Equity and (c) Professionalism. “
The SDP governorship candidate maintained that the SDP ” approach to governance shall not only be inclusive but shall harness local capacity to bring the much needed hope for tomorrow to our citizens.”, saying, “we shall ensure fiscal responsibility, promote public sector performance, establish citizens driven platforms for accountability, improve procurement processes to ensure that they do not leave local contractors and vendors behind and above all we shall ensure that pensioners, and the aged are not left our of our robust restoration agenda.”
Senator Omisore stressed that “Osun state young persons are key to the restoration agenda.”, saying, “our actions today determine their future. Our manifesto shall restore the hope of a bright tomorrow to these young leaders.”
Speaking further, the SDP governorship candidate emphasized that his emergence as the SDP standard bearer in Osun state “is a call to service at a most difficult time for the citizens and residents of the state.”
“It is an unreserved honor to take on this leadership responsibility. I do so in deep humility knowing that it is a call to service at a most difficult time for the citizens and residents of the state. Much of the hope of our people lies in the outcome of the forthcoming election. Truly, our campaign cannot be one of rhetoric and empty promises. Lives have been so negatively impacted on by reckless governance over the past years.”.
Senator Omisore said the process of developing the SDP manifesto of restoration shall engage everyone.” adding , ” we shall not fail in our effort to ensure that our programmes are not only visible but they reverse the current trend of irresponsible governance and fiscal recklessness of the past year
” I take this on with both courage and hope. I recall the famous words of Winston Churchill as he led the British Army from victory to victory. ‘Victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival’ The citizens and residents of Osun state shall survive and thrive. The watch word of the SDP is progress. It shall leave none behind”