29th November, 2010
Former Governor of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu hasÂ described the new Governor of Osun State, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, as a surgeon whoÂ will repair the decay in Osun.
Tinubu stated this in Osogbo, Osun State, at the swearing in ceremony of Aregbesola.
The former governor thanked God for his mercy and commended the youths and membersÂ of the Action Congress of Nigeria for demonstrating courage in the struggle toÂ liberate Osun State.
He called on the generality of the Osun people to be patient with Aregbesola becauseÂ he has the capability to develop the state much faster and better.
Tinubu said the house of deceit and falsehood built by the Peopleâ€™s Democratic PartyÂ in the Southwest was crumbling.
Speaking at the event, Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola said those aliveÂ to witness the event must take pains to record and remember Friday, 26 November andÂ Saturday, 27 November, 2010 in their diaries and in their hearts.
According to him, the dates are not a watershed but dates when the constancy ofÂ truth prevailed over a mountain of lies.
â€œSecondly, it marks the commencement of the development of what will be the bestÂ political party building process ever undertaken in Africa. A party built by theÂ common and ordinary people, driven by their absolute faith in freedom, democracy,Â good governance and the rule of law that is symbolized by an independent andÂ fearless judiciary,â€ he stated.
The governor affirmed that freedom and good governance were beginning to unravel inÂ Nigeria, saying that â€œit is on a journey to liberate our people. It is travelling inÂ the vehicle of the Action Congress of Nigeria. It has found home in Lagos, Edo,Â Ekiti and Osun. It is coming your way.â€
He called for the cooperation of all in the task of rebuilding Osun State, addingÂ that the task ahead demanded the collective input of every stakeholder as the newÂ governor cannot do it alone.
Fashola noted that when he was sworn in in May 2007, he was the only ACN governor,Â but was reassured by the leaders of the party that more would come. He expressedÂ happiness that the number was increasing.
In his own speech, Aregbesola promised to rededicate himself to the cause ofÂ building Osun State by delivering on his electioneering campaign promises. He toldÂ the people that they now have a government of their own totally responsible to them.