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THE ORANMIYAN REVOLUTION: OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA A PALADIN OF POPULAR GOVERNANCE

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I’m compelled to do this short appraisal of an epitaph that defines popular governance, nay before naysayers brand this effort I must hasten to say that I’m not a card carrying member of the APC nor do I belong to the PDP, I have as always elected to call a spade by its name.

I arrived Oshogbo on the 26th of November, 2014 a day before the inauguration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbrsola as the first second term Governor of the State of Osun. I traveled to Oshogbo through Iwo town, transversing Ede and Akoda, and must state without equivocation that the inland roads are far better maintained and managed than most of the roads I have seen in other States, Lagos inclusive.

Still in Oshogbo 3days after the inauguration, I have visited places like Iree, Gbongon, Ife, Ejigbo, Ila Orangun, Ikire, Ede and the ancient town of Esa-Oke the home town of the slain former Attorney General & Minister of Justice Chief Bola Ige, one spectacle remains incontrovertible, the roads are maintained by a govt that cares, by a govt that has constructed a minimum of 10km of new roads per local govt. Area.

I recommend the Oranmiyan Revolution as a case study in popular governance. I salute the Youth Empowerment Scheme of the State Govt, the State transport scheme, its unequalled Health and WELFARE scheme for the Old and the Infant are mementoes of a peoples revolution headed by a Paladin of the Revolutionary left.

What more, the mammoth crowd that attended that 27th day of Nov, 2014 inauguration at the Oshogbo township Stadium dwarfs any crowd to have witnessed any political inauguration in the annals of our democratic voyage. The flawless take away from this is that you need not rent a crowd if you are a performer.

Finally these words of Ogbeni “..we shall in the next 5yrs deliver the equivalent of 20yrs development to our people” defines his trust.

_Prof Chris NWAOKOBIA JNR.

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