As all activities tilt toward 2022 governorship election in Osun State, chances of incumbent Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, retaining his seat have been bolstered after the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) endorsed him for second term in office and asked other politicians eyeing the seat to wait till 2026 for their turn.
The thousands of road transport union members thronged the Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo on Wednesday to declare their support for the governor whom they described as an extraordinary leader barely a month after workers under the auspices of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and their counterpart in the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) throw their weight behind Oyetola.
They argued that with his leadership qualities and his administration’s style of prioritizing workers’ and citizens in general welfare, there was need for the residents to return the good gesture by ensuring they work assiduously in ensuring the governor return for second term of four years to consolidate on his achievements.
The members who spoke through the Osun NURTW Chairman, Olelakan Folorunso, said that the union decided to endorse Oyetola after assessing his remarkable and unprecedented achievements in the last three years.
Folorunso, who doubled as the Zone 2 Council Chairman (NURTW Southwest), described Oyetola as a man of outstanding leadership traits and professional know-how, adding that the union in particular and the state in general have benefitted from these qualities in no small measure.
He commended the governor for the exemplary way he has been piloting the affairs of Osun and appreciated his administration for the recognition accorded the union as critical stakeholders in the development of the State, stating that “it has never been this good.”
The NURTW boss who highlighted a number of commendable projects undertaken by Oyetola, said that the union was resolute in ensuring that excellence is enthroned yet again.
“The Union, at its monthly meeting, highlighted the performance of His Excellency, despite the little resources available to the State, hence our resolve to support our Governor to lead the State for another term of four years. This is a bold statement from the Osun State Council of NURTW to always support your programmes and ideas that would bring the State to attain its goals.
“We also express gratitude to the government of Governor Oyetola, for the necessary recognition accorded our Union as major stakeholders in the Osun project. This is another reason why we are also assuring him of our support”, Folorunso said.
Also speaking, NURTW Lagos Council Chairman and Vice-Chairman, South-West Zone, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, lauded Oyetola for the good works he ws doing to bring real development to the state. He also applauded him for being supportive of the union in Osun.
Akinsanya who described Oyetola’s administration as one that cares for all, reiterated the union’s commitment to work for his return to office come 2022. He, however, called on members of the union to prove that they are serious about their open endorsement, by getting their Permanent Voters Card and turning out in large numbers to vote on the election date.
In his response, the governor commended the management and members of Osun Council of NURTW, for the open show of support for his administration. He assured that his administration would continue to invest in human and infrastructural development for the benefits of different associations in the state.
Oyetola who described the endorsement as a manifestation of good governance that the administration has provided since inception, noted that he would not take it for granted but rather see it as encouragement to do more for the generality of the people of the State.
“I am extremely happy today that a notable Union like NURTW could come out in thousands to endorse our administration. I appreciate you for your solidarity and show of love. As a government, we will never take it for granted. It is always a thing of joy for people to appreciate your little effort. I thank you for appreciating the modest achievements that God has done through our efforts in almost three years.
“I appeal to you all to go and register and collect your voter’s cards. There is still opportunity to do so. This is the only power to further prove your support for us particularly in the next election. As said by your Chairman, we are here as a government for all and nothing will stop us from putting the welfare and well-being of our people at the front burner.
“I am assuring you that we will do more than what we have done. We are constructing several kilometers of roads to change the face of infrastructure and ensure improved standard of living for all. Our Adminstration is committed to making life easier for all, and that is why we have been running all- inclusive, participatory and Goverment-for-all as reflected in the successes we have recorded so far. We have seen your commitment, support and cooperation so far, and I am assuring you that soon, we will attend to your requests.
“We will leave no stone unturned to strengthen the existing synergy to bring about more success. I believe strongly that majority of your people are for us as this informed today’s collective decision to endorse us for second term. I am assuring you once again that you will not regret taking this action”, Oyetola said.