As a result of the loss suffered during the last July 16th gubernatorial Election to the opposition party, Peoples Democratic party in Osun State, the embattled All Progressive Congress (APC) and the party’s factional group, Osun Progressive (TOP), have resolved to work together to rebuild the party.
Speaking during a chat with Journalists in Osogbo, one of the leaders of the Osun Progressives and the former Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salaam announced the dissolution of all factional tendencies of all shades in the party with the sole objective of harmonising the core Omoluabi Progressive on a rebuilding mission that would bring back leadership of the State.
It would be recalled that the All Progressive Congress ( APC) and the Factional group, The progressive (TOP) had been at loggerheads before and during the last gubernatorial Election in the state.
According to him “We are hereby dissolving The Osun Progressives (TOP) and the faction of our Party associated with it to facilitate the unity of purpose that this time requires. For effective closure, we will have a truth and reconciliation forum within the party when fully restructured with a sole purpose of preventing any recurrence of the ugly past. “
“We are Omoluabi in politics and everything we do. Omoluabi is the Yoruba encapsulation of the total person. An Omoluabi is a person of honour and integrity. An Omoluabi is chivalrous, enlightened, spiritual, kind-hearted and public-spirited. An Omoluabi is not greedy, vicious, selfish or self-serving. Omoluabi personifies the very best of virtues.”
“We shall preach political virtue, in line with our tradition and relentlessly pursue public good – the greatest good for the greatest number. No one will be left behind on our watch. We will seek political power for service and we shall hold it in trust for the people. We shall continue our journey into greatness.”
Dr Salaam announced that as a Party “We are gathered here today, given the trajectory of our party and the electoral misfortune we suffered in the governorship election of July 16, 2022, leading to our painful loss, to espouse our resolve and the way forward. We are here to inform the generality of our members and admirers that the progressive party that promotes their interest, protects their values and guarantees their rights is alive and ready to champion their cause once again.”
He posited “Our party has a tradition of progressivism dating back to Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group in the First Republic. It metamorphosed to the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the Second Republic, coalesced into the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the aborted Third Republic and emerged as Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1999.”
“It has since then transmuted into Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now the All Progressives Congress (APC). Its name and the epoch notwithstanding, this tradition makes the people and their welfare the centre of politics and government. Whenever this tendency detracts from this raison d’etre, it loses power.”
He recalled how the progressive government of Awolowo’s AG provided free education, integrated rural development, quality healthcare delivery, and enhancement of agriculture and industrialisation which boosted the living standard of the people and created a 50-year development gap between the South-West and other regions.
He stressed that “this is our tradition, the tradition that brought us to power in 1999, returned us to power again in 2010 and kept us in power for three terms. Progressive governance in Osun, headed by our leader, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, gave the state its biggest development in all ramifications. We are going back to our roots. The present setback is a mere distraction.”