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Monday, November 29, 2010

Osun: I’m not surprised - Fani-Kayode

Reactions have continued to trail the sacking of the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola by the Appeal Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday, with former aviation minister and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship aspirant in the state, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, saying he was not entirely surprised by the outcome of the legal battle.

Speaking during a telephone interview with Daily Sun, shortly after the court pronouncement, Fani-Kayode, who is among PDP governorship aspirants who had vowed to resist any attempt by some elements within and outside the party in the state to impose an “unpopular and uncultured” candidate on the party, ahead of the 2011 polls, noted that the party in the state had always acted as if all was well, when according to him, all was not well, as the party was sharply divided.

While congratulating the new governor and his party, the former Aviation minister further noted that to win back Osun, and indeed the entire South west, the PDP must muster the courage to go back to the drawing board, with a view to analysing where and how it went wrong, and prepare for the challenges ahead by ensuring that only enlightened and well educated persons occupy leadership positions in the State and in the region.

“I am not entirely surprised by the verdict. Our party is badly divided now and the truth is that if we want to win back Osun and indeed the entire Western region, we have a lot of work to do. “Just look at the quality of leaders that the ACN keeps, coming up with in the various states, and yet we in the PDP keep on acting as if we don’t need to do anything to better ourselves and bring in fresh, bold, enlightened and well educated persons into positions of leadership in our party in the west.

“I congratulate Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his victory at the court and I wish him well and I commiserate with ex-Governor Oyinlola. I sincerely hope that the PDP now finds the courage to look inwards and indentify where, how, why and when we went so badly wrong and alienated so many of our members. We need to go back to the drawing board and establish a new and fresh leadership for the party in the State, otherwise, we are finished,” Fani-Kayode warns.

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