Okuku—A former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has said that the next governor of the state should be a youth, insisting that the person must come from Osun West Senatorial District.
He has also declared that the next governor should come from Osun West Senatorial District in the spirit of justice and fairness, adding that the district had been marginalised in the choice of governor and deputy governor.
Oyinlola said these in Okuku at a meeting with former legislators, Commissioners, Local Government Chairmen, Special Advisers, Executive Assistants and other political appointees, who served during his tenure as governor.
He further said he had been inundated with calls to contest the next governorship election, saying that he would not do so.
His words: “I will not contest, not because I am not qualified to do so, but because it will be against all tenets of fairness. There is a Senatorial District that has ruled this state for only 22 months out of its 27 years of existence. The next election must be used to correct that anomaly and give the District, Osun West, a sense of belonging.
“Also, as National Coordinator of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), I have been at the vanguard of the campaign for the election and choice of our youths into positions of leadership. I am 67 years old and that cannot be the age of a youth. I am therefore committed to ensuring that the next governor of Osun State is a youth with fresh ideas and the right education.
“On the age of the next Governor, starting from the First Republic, the average age of Premiers (Governors ranged from 37-50. Chief Awolowo became the leader of government in 1952 at the age of 42. He left office as Premier in 1959 at the age of 50. Chief Akintola became Premier in 1959 at the age of 49. He was born in 1910. Chief Bola Ige became Governor in 1979 at the age of 49. Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke became Governor in 1992 at the age of 37. Chief Bisi Akande became Governor in 1999 at the age of 60, he left at 64. I became Governor here in 2003 at the age of 52. I left at 59. Mr Rauf Aregbesola became Governor of Osun State in 2010 at the age of 53.
“From the above, we will see that apart from one occasion (Chief Akande), the age of governors here has been between 37 and 53.’’