President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to consider the requests for assistance made by Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, who was at the State House on a ‘thank you’ visit.
The governor, elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said he had come to appreciate the president for providing a level playing field in the election that held in July last year.
Mr Buhari is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr Adeleke said: “I had waited patiently for this appointment, and was praying fervently for it to happen. It’s a dream come true for me to see you, and have a handshake.
“I am a beneficiary of the new Electoral Law you signed, as it paved the way for free and fair elections, ruling out ballot box snatching and stuffing.
“The security agencies followed your instruction to be fair and firm, and I am so proud of you. You are a true father, regardless of political party differences.”
The governor believed that free and fair elections would be one of the greatest legacies Mr Buhari would bequeath to the country, as the development was already being applauded at home and abroad.
He gave his priorities in the state as the development of agriculture, education, and investment drive.
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Among the requests Mr Adeleke made were; support for infrastructure development, a proposed new economic city and free trade zone, tax credit, and other federal facilities in Osun.
The governor, who later spoke to State House correspondents, lauded Mr Buahri for giving his assent to the new Electoral Act, which he said paved the way for free and fair elections in the country.
Mr Adeleke, who was at the State House for the first time since assuming office in November last year, believed that the adoption of the new electoral law led to his election as governor of Osun.
According to him, the introduction of the new Electoral Act has changed the global perspective on Nigeria.
He said: “I am happy to tell you that I just saw our president, looking so well, looking so good and I’m happy about that.
”Since my election, I feel like I should come and say hello to Mr President and thank him for signing that Electoral Act because I benefited from it.
“That paved way for free and fair elections and the international community is applauding Nigeria that Nigeria is set for democracy.
”So that is why I’m here today; to see him, thank him and wish him well in his remaining time in office.”
He said Osun was expecting support from the federal government, following his visit to the seat of power.
“We discussed nothing much, that’s the main reason. We just greeted some of the other things I already submitted and I will see the Chief of Staff for us to discuss on the way forward for the federal government to assist Osun State,” he added.
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