By Dayo Johnson
ONDO State Government weekend reacted to the declaration of Engineer Rauf Aregesola as the governor of Osun State and said that it is a clear indication that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is no longer relevant in the scheme of things in the South West.
In a congratulatory message to the people of Osun State by the Information Commissioner Ranti Akerele issued in Akure weekend, the government said “the hope of the people stolen via rigging and manipulation under former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been restored through the democracy.
“The South West region is now back to where it truly belongs in the camp of the progressives who are committed to the development of the down trodden masses.
“The politics of the Yoruba in General has mostly been progressive right from the 19th to the 21st century. The Yoruba are known to always be in the vanguard of progressive policies, ideas and programmes in Nigeria.
“The Alliance for Democracy won in the entire South West in 1999 and because of momentary loss of concentration and the deceit of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“By 2007, our people had gotten wiser therefore through their votes began to chase out the PDP charlatans which the people have come to see as not having their interest at heart. From Ondo, Edo , Ekiti and Osun States, one by one our people voted out these pretenders”.
The Commissioner pointed out that it was no surprise that despite the massive electoral fraud perpetrated by the PDP in 2007, the judiciary has risen up to task with unparalleled determination to declare true winners of elections in Ondo, Edo, Ekiti and Osun states.
According to him the Labour Party government in Ondo State found good company in other south west states which are now being run by equally progressive and legitimately elected governors.