BY GBENGA OLARINLOYE
It was a bumper harvest for Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State as the entire members of Accord Party (AP) numbering over 1,000 yesterday in Ejigbo Local Government of the state decamped to the party.
The AP members led by their Chairman, Alhaji Saka Salam stated at a brief ceremony held at Bricklayers’ Hall, Masifa junction, Ejigbo that they decided to dump their old party due to alleged lackadaisical attitude of its leaders both at the state and the national levels.
Salam explained that SDP became their choice after thorough search of a political party that can govern the state very well.
“Many political parties came around. We have the leaders of the PDP and the Labour Party here. They met us but we decided to go with SDP which has a welfarist agenda. We also realized that SDP presented the most credible candidate for the August 9 election”, he said.
The AP Chairman promised to mobilize people in his local government and neighbouring councils for SDP and its governorship candidate, Mr. Olusegun Akinwusi.
Receiving the members into the SDP fold on behalf of the state party executives, Akinwusi explained that the present state of the economy in the state and the interest of the youth led him to join the governorship race.
The former Head of Service stated that all those who joined the party will be treated equally but urged them to work assiduously for SDP assuring them that he will win the August 9 polls.
He assured them that if “Osun money is spent within the four walls of the state, our economy will be revived and people will be able to put food on their tables to eat”.
He lamented the present “capital flight in the state” and the high level of indebtedness the state “is presently experiencing” with an assurance that everything will be corrected by his administration.
The SDP deputy-governorship candidate, Alhaja Taiwo Olaigbe-Kulukulu urged the women fold to support SDP for a better tomorrow for the state.
Akingbade promises free medicare for pregnant women
GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade has promised to provide free health care for pregnant women in the state if voted into power.
In addition, Akinbade assured that a Diagnostic Centre that would be imbued with state of the art facilities would be established with a view to unraveling health related challenges.
In a statement by his director of media, Mr Kayode Oladeji, Akingbade made the promise while speaking with over 500 women in Osogbo under the aegis of Women for Positive Change led by Dr (Mrs.) Eunice Adedayo.
He said that in addition to the qualitative free health his administration would give to the indigenes of the state, premium would be placed on pregnant women.
Akinbade said he “would go a long way in reducing cases related to pregnancies We believe one of the surest way of preserving our future is to pay solid attention to our present because if we are able to take care of our pregnant women, this will not only reduce mortality rate but will ensure the delivery of healthy children who are the tomorrow of this country”.
The LP candidate, who assured that his administration would put in place a diagnostic centre that would meet the needed challenges said it would serve as a revenue generation base for the state.
Also, the former SSG promised that the health sector would witness turn around, adding that hospitals that had gone moribund in the state, would be made functional through the provision of drugs and related facilities.
Besides, he assured that doctors and related medical staff would be exposed to modern trainings in order to keep them abreast with current challenges in the sector.
Coordinator of the forum, Dr Adebayo said the women would mobilize for Akinbade to ensure his emergence at the polls.
Adebayo also noted that his manifestos clearly marked him out as somebody they could work with.
The coordinator stressed that his programs are people based which we believe on the long run, would have positive impact on our children, state and the country at large.