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We expect victory in Osun governorship election, says Tinubu

The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said the party has all it takes to win the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.

Tinubu said this in an interview with State House correspondents after he led the party’s stakeholders from the South-West to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday night.

The stakeholders used the opportunity to present the party’s candidate in the forthcoming election, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, to the President.

The former Lagos State governor said the good foundation laid by the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, would make it easy for the party to win the election.

He also said that Oyetola’s pedigree would work for his victory.

Tinubu said, “We expect victory. We have a progressive government there where the incumbent and the outgoing governor has worked and laid a good foundation. Therefore, we have successes to build upon.

“We equally are bringing in one of the most competent and qualified technocrats in the person of Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola. He is eminently qualified.”

When asked if the governorship election was expected to be a tough battle like the recent Ekiti governorship election, he said, “You don’t predict the activity of elections. It can be unique from one state to the other.

“But we believe that with our leadership in Osun State, from the state chairman down to the lowest level, and the way they conducted the direct primary and the way people turned out, are signals to the opposing parties that they have no way of beating us.”

Oyetola also boasted that he would win the election.

He said, “It (the visit) shows that he (the President) is the father of all. He is committed to the APC winning the Osun election come September 22 this year.

“He is committed to our party retaining the government; he is committed to free and fair elections. And I want to say categorically, that by the grace of God, we are winning that election on September 22.”

The victory, he said, would be a foundation for Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who is the chairman of the Osun Governorship Campaign Council, explained that the purpose of the meeting was to create an inclusive atmosphere so that they would face the election squarely.

He said, “So, that is very encouraging. And also other stakeholders have made their commitments in order to win this very important election.”

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