Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, at the weekend, said the motive behind his second term ambition was the interest he had in the people of the state, stating that if not for them, he would not be seeking to return to office. The clarification came on a day the governor charged the people of the state not to allow desperate politicians manipulate or deceive them through the purchase of their voters’ card from them. Fielding questions from journalists in Osogbo, Aregbesola argued that before he assumed office, he had planned to run a people oriented government that would make life abundant for the overwhelming people of the state. He stressed that the achievements recorded by his administration in the last three years have never been recorded in the state since its creation in 1991. According to him, “We have done what most people claimed has never been done in the history of the state, we are so people centred that it will be difficult for us to abandon the people mid stream.” He said: “The best way to pursue our objectives about governance is to run the whole hub of the mandate provided by the constitution that will give us enough time to meet all our aspirations for the people. It is in the interest of the people that we are seeking re-election.” Aregbesola added: “If we are interested in ensuring real value and effective utilisation of our limited resources as a nation, we should drop the executive and presidential system of government and adopt the parliamentary system of government.” Meanwhile, the governor, while speaking at the 14th edition of the monthly keep fit exercise tagged: ‘Walk to Live’ in Ilobu, described 2014 as a crucial year for the state because of the election, noting that the state cannot afford the decay and lack of infrastructure it had witnessed before the advent of his administration. The governor also advised against double registration when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) begins the registration of voters so as not to be disenfranchised. According to him, “I will want you to troop out en masse to vote during the governorship election. The year 2014 is a crucial year for our state as we cannot afford to go back to the dark age in the state where there was no infrastructural development. “We should all come out and vote so that you can show them that the victory of our party in the last election was not a fluke, we must ensure that our names are on the voters register. “I also will like to call on those of us who will be registering for the first time to avoid double registration when INEC begins the registration of voters so as not to be disenfranchised,” Aregbesola told the gathering.
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