Governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Osun State, Mr. Olugbenga Akintola, has promised to reverse the economic status of the state and ensure speedy development if voted in the forthcoming election in the state.

In a statement made available to journalists yesterday, Akintola said his goal is to ensure that Osun State fulfills all its obligations towards its people, without debt and through a capable workforce for industrialisation.

The statement reads in parts: “Let them hear our gospel of our rebuilding agenda of economic development and human capital investment. Remind them that it is only our party that has the record of putting people’s needs at heart.

“Collectively, we have begun a journey to the house that our party built in Oke-Fia. From the tributaries of Osun River to Ikirun hills and from Ikoyi mountain to Erin-Ijesa waterfalls, our efforts will be crowned with success.

“The work has begun from this moment and it is our collective responsibility to do the work. Let us join hands to strengthen our party. “Never since 2003 has our chance been greater to win the governorship elections in this state. Please, let us set aside differences in the interest of the peaceful citizens in Osun State.

“I humbly offer a branch of an olive tree to all our members to let us work together in the interest of peace and for victory of our party.

“Be assured that AD is Alive and we are determined to work for victory on September 22. We have taken the first step of a long journey. Please go out from Odo-Otin (in the north) to Ife north (in the south) and from Ayedire (in the west) to Oriade (in the east) to let the people of Osun know that AD is Alive.

“Spread the word to the people that, with AD, economic development is assured for our beloved state. Let them hear of our vision of an Osun state that is capable of creating wealth for its people in good health.”