Ahead of the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, youths under the auspices of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), the largest and most formidable youth group in the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday staged a ‘one million’ youth rally in Oshogbo to drum up support for the re-election of the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
The youths who wore T-shirt with the inscription “1,000,000 march 4 Aregbe” and the APYF logo pasted on the front and “RAUFOMANIA” at the back walked through major streets of the state capital to show their support for Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Music in support of Aregbesola blaring from speakers mounted on trucks rented the air as the motorcade moved from Orita, Elelede to Abaaku, Ayetoro, Igbona, Ajegunle and the convoy later stopped at the Nelson Mandela Freedom park.
The march tagged “one million march for Aregbe” had members of the forum from all the 30 local governments areas of the state as well as people from all walks of life in attendance.
Also in attendance were the State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his deputy, Titilayo Tamori, Senator Babafemi Ojudu (Ekiti State), National Chairman of the forum, Barrister Ismail Ahmed as well the Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo States chapter coordinators of the forum.
In his address, the National Chairman of the forum, Barrister Ismail Ahmed, said the APYF decided to come to Osun to remind the people that the governor deserves another term in office.
“We are here today to remind the good people of Osun that come Saturday no amount of intimidation or falsehood should deter them from exercising their democratic franchise and keeping the State of Osun with the best Governor in Nigeria.
“Rauf has done well for the youths and younger generation in this great state. His scholarships, his reduced tuition fees for students, his employment opportunities scheme, his emotional patriotism in building a wonderful camaraderie with the people.
“So we will be at attention at every polling station, in every ward, every local govt. We will win this election by a landslide. We will keep this state away from the clutches of the inept, Ahmed said.”
Governor Aregbesola while thanking the youths of the All Progressives Forum (APYF), for staging the march stressed that what he has done in his four years in office is just a tip of the ice-berg.
He said he will be launching a mini bus assembly plant among others that he has done. He said he was delighted that people were happy with the development in the state.
In his words, “I am very happy that youths actually identify with us, any government that does not recognise the importance of youth is a government that has no reason to be in government. My own understanding of power is responsibility.
“All what we are doing in Osun has not been done before now, God through us has brought a lot of industries to the state. What we’ve done in our first term that you are happy about, will not be able to compare with what second term will witness in terms of development.”
All Progressive Youths Forum (APYF)
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