A gubernatorial aspirant seeking the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Engr. Adelere Oriolowo, says political experience is not enough to be a governor of a state but that a technical expertise is also required for the job.
Oriolowo, who is the Osun state Project Coordinator of Rural Access and Mobility Project (O’RAMP), made the declaration while featuring on a programme tagged “News Point”, organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Osogbo on Friday.
He described an allegation levelled against Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, having an anointed candidate for the party in the Sept. 22 governorship election, as mere rumour.
“It is a mere rumour; my principal, Aregbesola that I know, has not anointed anybody and he has never said it anywhere,” Oriolowo said.
He boasted that he has the best experience to lead the state and warned that “if a competent person is not put in place, it is either the state go backwards or remain stagnant.
“Political experience is not enough to be governor of a state, but technical expertise, project management, interpersonal relations and cognitive problem solving, are as well needed to succeed.”
Oriolowo commended Gov. Aregbesola for laying a good foundation, by providing effective security environment, and promised he would further the developmental projects by bringing investors to the state if he (Oriolowo) is given the mandate.
He said his experience, all over the world, would count much, adding that zoning would also favour him.
He noted that the East Senatorial District has produced four governors and four deputies, and the Central has also produced three governors and three deputies.
“Apparently, West has not produce governor because Senator Isiaka Adeleke did not stay up to two years before the life of his administration was truncated by military juntas,” he added.
He said RAMP under his supervision has been ranked best in terms of performance, saying “as a result of Mr Governor’s commitment, the state of Osun did not only emerged as one of the five participating states in the Federation, it has been adjudged the foremost RAMP state in the country.
He said a total of 214.14 kilometres rural roads were rehabilitated throughout the nooks and crannies of the state.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo
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