Chairman of Labour Party (LP), in Osun State, Mr Timothy Olatunji, in this interview by OLUWOLE IGE, speaks on the preparations of his party for the governorship election, scheduled to take place in the state in 2018, even as INEC is yet to announce the date for the exercise.
How prepared is your party for the governorship election, scheduled to take in Osun State in 2018?
First let me thank you for this question. Let me also inform the people of Osun State and Nigeria in general that we in the Labour Party are fully prepared for the governorship election, slated for 2018, in the state. We are sensitising our members and the electorate in the various communities across the state on the need to vote for our party so that the state can be given a new lease of life.
What are your fears and challenges as the election is approaching?
As a political party, we have no fear, regarding the coming election. We are fully aware of the expectations and yearnings of the people of Osun State. We are also not unaware of the fact that the present government in the state has disappointed the people, taking into consideration its dismal performance, irregular payment of salaries and payment of half salaries to some categories of workers. The obvious collapse of Osun economy is another critical issue that aggravated the increasing level of poverty among the people.
Are you not worried that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not released the timetable for the election?
There is no reason on our part to exercise any fear on the non-release of the election timetable for the governorship poll by the national electoral umpire, INEC. What is paramount in our mind is to continue the mobilisation and education of the electorate on their constitutional rights, which include the freewill to choose who will lead them as the governor in 2018.
You are sounding so confident. What are the chances of your party in the election?
The chances of our party, LP, are very bright. Without being immodest, our party is being expected by the people of the state to come to their rescue to clean up the obvious messy situation currently on ground now.
But some people are of the view that your party is dead in the state and, as such, cannot make any impact in the election. What do you think could account for this?
The fact that we have not been making unnecessary noise does not translate to the death of our party, the Labour Party in Osun.
The recently concluded state congress of our party is a testimony to the fact that we have been working round the clock behind the scene.
Our party is also the only one devoid of internal bickering. The result of the forthcoming election will surely proof that point.
Can the Labour Party match APC in terms of outreach and preparedness, ahead the 2018 governorship election?
Like I told you earlier, we are making underground moves to curry the political favour of the electorate in all the communities within the state as this election is approaching.
Our party executives at the local government and ward levels are working very hard to sensitise and educate the people at the grass root level so that we secure their support in terms of massive votes during the election.
With the encouraging response we are getting, the coast is definitely clear for us to achieve victory.
One thing that I want to make categorically clear to you is that members of APC in Osun are relying on propaganda machinery to hoodwink the people again.
But our people are wiser now; they cannot be deceived again and they are now rooting for a political party that is devoid of blemish. They are clamouring for the enthronement of a political party that is capable of salvaging the ship of this state, which is already heading for a wreck under the present APC-led administration.
We are not propagandists like them. Rather, we are relying on our good people to rescue Osun State from the present pains and agonies, inflicted by the Rauf Aregbesola administration.
This we hope to do and achieve with the massive votes of the electorate in the 2018 governorship election.
– Nigerian Tribune