It was seven hours of endless questions from the audience, telephone callers and online enquiries with Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun at popular audience participation programme tagged â€˜Ogbeni Till Daybreakâ€™.
Aregbesola told his audience the major key to the continuation of the milestone developmental programmes and projects of his administration is for the people of the state to identify and vote the right candidate to succeed him in 2018.
He disclosed that his political party, All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state will make sure that whoever is to fly the flag of the party in the governorship election is a person that has in-depth understanding of the administrationâ€™s six point integral action plans philosophy.
According to the Governor, it is a candidate with the grasp of the policies of his administration that is best suited for the job and will continue the ongoing programmes.
â€œWhen it comes to who will succeed me I always pray to God to provide someone that would be better than me. But our party has ruled that nobody should aspire yet,â€ Aregbesola told the huge crowd that gathered at the WOCDIF Event Centre, Ring Road, Osogbo where the event held. He also reiterated his vow to the gathering that he would not leave any project uncompleted before the expiration of his tenure.
The governor equally commended the entire workforce of the state for his understanding, resilience and cooperation in the face of the current hard times arising from economic crisis. According to him, the inability of his government to pay full salaries was as a result of negative financial pull and not because government is wicked.
â€œFirstly, I salute the perseverance, patience, commitment, understanding and support given by our workers especially at tough times. As we all know, the issue of salary has become ubiquitous as many couldnâ€™t pay salaries of their workforce. We couldnâ€™t pay not because we are wicked, but because we are financially challenged.
â€œWe have been rewarding workers based on their performance, diligence, merit and dedication to duties. We have been promoting workers based on their resilience and commitment. We have been providing a good leadership to Osun workers on their promotion. The state has been doing everything possible to support workers and prioritise their welfare.â€
The governor also responded to allegation of inflation of contract on road constructions in the state, saying the cost of roads are not the same everywhere in the country.
Aregbesola also said roads are different in qualities and characteristics and so the amount for the construction of a kilometer road will be based on the quality and its characteristics.
Aregbesola also debunked the claim that the Osun APC is currently in disarray over who succeeds him in 2018.Â He held that the APC in the state is as strong as it is firmly rooted in the grassroots across the state.
He waved the insinuation of disagreement among party members, stating there is no any form of disaffection among the members and loyalists of the party.
On a rumour making the rounds about his senatorial ambition in Lagos, Aregbesola said he has not made any decision to run for political office after the expiration of his tenure November next year. He however added that when the time to decide comes, he wonâ€™t need to take permission from anybody.