PDP’s religion is poverty — Osun Governor, Aregbesola

Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola used the opportunity presented by his swearing-in ceremony, Thursday, to hit out at the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, describing it as a party filled with “self-seeking manipulators” who unleash poverty on Nigerians.

At his inauguration for a second term of four years, in Osogbo, Mr. Aregbesola also lambasted the PDP in Osun State for its “divisive tendencies.”

“Our adversaries have taken the road to perdition by seeking to divide our people along religious and ethnic lines. On this path, they will travel alone,” said Mr. Aregbesola, who was re-elected last August.

“Our diversity is our strength; God has bequeathed to us the freedom of choice. We are at liberty to be Christian, Muslim, traditional religious worshiper, atheist, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Ijaw or Efik. What is unnatural and quite strange to Yoruba communal liberalism is to engage in conflict on account such differences.

“Lest we forget, the religion of PDP is poverty. Nigeria is saturated with leaders who are ever so quick to parade platitudes of their respective religion – denying its faith, essence and positive values.

“However, what we need at this time are God-fearing and incorruptible leaders who will galvanize our people and judiciously husband our resources to overcome our challenges. We must terminate the regime of self-seeking manipulators who currently parade corridors of power, accruing political profit by turning us against each other and further dividing us along ethnic and religious lines.”

Mr. Aregbesola said that the result of the PDP’s politics of division was that Nigerians had become poorer in the last 16 years.

“This manifests again in their continued lawlessness evidenced in the desecration of the National Assembly and the travesty at Ekiti Assembly. They have demonstrated without doubt their inability to protect Nigerians and the territorial integrity of our country.

“We must therefore be determined to vote out the party that has brought us to this sorry pass. We must show them the way out. We must let them know that on their way to hell, they will walk alone,” the governor said.

At the August 9 Osun State gubernatorial election, Mr. Aregbesola, who contested under the All Progressives Congress, APC, polled 394,684 votes to defeat Iyiola Omisore, the PDP’s candidate who got 292,747 votes.

Mr. Omisore has since headed to the Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the polls.

On Thursday, Mr. Aregbesola maintained that his victory three months ago is a testament of his government’s achievements over the past four years.

“We have delivered on our six integral action programme. Our performance in the first term endeared us to you and convinced you to give us the mandate for another term,” he said.

“We shall continue on this path and accelerate the speed of development in Osun. Our vision is to deliver 20 years development in the next four years in economic, social and political fields. We shall complete all ongoing projects and start new ones.

“We are not boasting; we are simply acknowledging the enormity of the mandate given to us by our people, even in the face of the most formidable terror machine arrayed against them.

“In the past four years, we have striven to keep faith with the people on the mandate given to us. We set out to re-enact the Obafemi Awolowo tradition of leadership and good governance; a tradition that set the Western Region apart. The formidable challenges notwithstanding, we have delivered largely on our promises.”

The Osun governor also lauded the achievements of the other APC governors, including those who recently defected from the PDP, describing the party as one which promises prosperity, security of lives and property, job and wealth creation, among others.

“All these have been showcased in all the states where our party holds sway in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti (until recently), Edo, Imo, Rivers, Kwara, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Borno and Yobe,” Mr. Aregbesola said.

“This is what we stand for and this is why a greater number of Nigerians continue to accept us and identify with us. Our present travails therefore is temporary. The PDP on the other hand stands for poverty, misery and insecurity.

“They are prepared to sacrifice the entire country as long as their hold on power is intact. Come February next year, Nigerians are going to say enough is enough. We are going to beat them because they are beatable. The God that helped us to beat them in Osun will also beat them for us in the national election. Do not be afraid, do not despair. Victory is at hand.”


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  • Oluwadara

    No mr. Governor. Their religion is corruption, their deity worth worship is GEJ, their son of God is Asari and the articles of their faith are; spreading abject poverty and hunger, eliminating all living things in NE,Condoning Rape and kidnapping of girls, Bombing at assemblies and tear gasing… And their way of worshiping is indomie style.

    • Realnigerian

      And their Messiah is Patience Goodluck!

    • Koko

      I have a word prayer for you. May your children and family members enjoy what Osun workers are enjoying these past two months. May you experience Aregbesola style induced actions the former principal of Ejigbo Baptist High School who died two month ago experienced. Say a big Amen.

      • Antikoko

        koko which state are you from? tell me and let me tell you the antecedent of your governor… Mimiko is PDP right? despite the enormous wealth of Ondo state, he owes workers real bad to the tune of two month salary… most state of the federation does… dont you get? the prob mostly is GEJ… Thank Goodness for the APC govs, we know the truth. tell GEJ to release the allocations meant for the APC states… he should stop cutting short their nalocations while Allison Madueke keeps Touring the whole world in private jets. bunch of looters … in GEJ administration including the corrupt clueless daft head

      • Oluwadara

        If you also say amen; that may god almighty put your mother, sisters and daughters in to the hands of boko haram for 230 days as chibok girls. May he also keep bombing your life as BH do under GEJ watch and tear gas you away from your work place, may he also turn your life and that of your family equal to that of the refuges that were send out of their homes in hundreds of towns and villages in NE. If you answer amen, I also follow suit for your prayers


    Is this fanatic still going around destroying schools and converting the lands to Tinubu’s ?

    • endingNaija

      show me one Reno Tawanda Omokri.

  • Curious

    Are the so called jubilant crowd of broom waivers workers in Osun? Are these crowd youths cajoled a month before August election to bring CV to Osogbo but are still waiting to be short listed? Amaechi and Fashola paid Osun workers salary backlog just before elections. All these for a second term. Aregbesola is owing 3 months salary but spent billions to build a disgrace called Millennium park in Osogbo. How can a people be robbed and taken for granted and yet be celebrating their oppressors? I cry for my people. The elderly man in front Aregbesola’s family house who was asked why did not vote the governor was right after all. Answering the old man said “I am old enough to know that governors given second term never performed”. It is really a pity. This is the Osun treatment APC de factor spokesperson Mr Rotimi Amaechi promised Nigeria? Just asking.

    • djay

      What’s your argument?

      • Curious

        The governor deserve no applause because of the way he is treating the workers. The projects used to campaign for continuity are as good as abandoned. These are my points.

        • djay

          I see, well I think his people like it that way just as it is in ekiti

          • True Nigerian

            Hahahahahahahahaha! Lwkm! What a conversation! The contradictions in this country is incredible!

  • Alcindo Satori

    I don’t believe this governor’s stared at the mirror lately — news flash, you look like poverty’s doppelganger!!!

  • olawale

    congratulations to the man of change….

  • Wole

    PDP’s religion is poverty; APC’s? I recon impoverishment. Anyone will think that wealth would have transferred better to the people in APC states than in PDP states. Isn’t this the governor who refused to have commissioners for 2 years? He was slow and miserable. He generated unreal jobs – even counted hiring students for kaleidoscopes as achievements. The swing that PDP had is a sign of his loss. He has made too many policy summersaults – reclassification of schools is one of them. Soon he will be laying off worker – that was Bisi Akande’s signature when he was in government.
    If APC is a such a progressive party, is Oyo, Ogun and Imo inclusive? How I’d wish these states are positive prayer points for people – something like may God make someone’s like APC states! I am sure Oyegun will not say amen to that – not even Buhari or Tinubu!
    May God make someone’s life like PDP government? Grrrrrhhhhh. No be me. Maybe Madam Pat Jona will say amen. If masses will throw these prayers to our politicians, they will think twice before asking us for votes.
    If Nigeria is a failure, there is no way APC has performed better than PDP. As a matter of fact, they are nearly the same. Except that APC is the new party for the Aggrieved Pdp Characters. Nothing will get better with them. All we need is revolution – that is the spade called a spade!

    • abeem

      Unreal jobs? And how do you define real jobs? – You must be insulting those fortunate people who hitherto were unable to find a means of sustenance for themselves and their loved ones but now have the opportunity to stand tall and be counted among those privileged to be able to leave their homes and go to work and earn sufficient to provide food on the table for their loved ones.
      Shouldn’t your focus be on the achievements of PDP governments in the states they govern as a way to counter Aregbe’s arguments that the residents of PDP states fared better in comparison to APC states? You are even praying for workers to be laid off, which is an act of desperation. You get to comment and criticize the action when it has happened not anticipate that an action which may never occur.

      • Wole

        Where you miss the point is that N10,000 hand-outs to (OYES) people is not employment. Is that the best a state with N1.5b IGR can achieve? Can those guys be promoted? Can they receive pension with this kind of employment?
        Those who know about employment will tell you that it is no employment is your take home does not take you home.
        Ask yourself: can you compare the take-home of a Level 12 Officer in Osun to that of Ekiti, Kwara, Ondo or Edo?

        • abeem

          You should tell me and the forum all vital statistics of the economy of the states you listed as a yardstick to measure and compare their performances. It does not serve well and it is not good politics to cherry-pick and write just on one statistics where there are many variables to measure the states performances.

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  • Goodluck_Nigeria


    I thank God Rauf Aregbesola who is successfully planting the seeds of Islamism in Yoruba land.

    The Yorubas need it ………… and I can’t wait for it to start yielding its expected fruit of suicide bombing, mindless destruction, backwardness, oppression of women, beheadings etc. etc. etc.

  • favourtalk

    God will bless rauf aregbesola in life and after life for having the boldness to say the truth all the time. Let them focus on their issues of corruption and bring nigeria out of this mess. We need a change from this corrupt hand


    You have spoken well and guided.