A veteran journalist, Mr Adetokunbo Oluwatoki, on Saturday, joined Osun governorship race as his political party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), in Osogbo, elected and adopted him as its candidate for the Osun Sept.22 governorship election.
Oluwatoki, who was a pioneer departmental editor of Lagos News and assistant cartoon editor and later political and social analyst at old National Concord Newspaper, is the son of Mr Michael Adeyeye Fatoki, former Old Oyo Commissioner for Health, Land and Housing, .
In his appreciation and acceptance speech, Oluwatoki thanked the party leadership, saying his nomination as Osun APGA’s governorship candidate has proven the politics of money-bags wrong.
He said people say without huge money, one can not venture into politics but APGA have proven the notion wrong by giving him, someone who is not among the austentious money welding-class, the ticket to contest on the party’s platform.
He said he was in a recure mission as the state was at war, a war he discribed as a war of subjugation, economic infringement, delusion and poverty.
He said his party, APGA and himself have set aside cardinal projects to transform the state from salary earning state to industrial revolutionalised state, to allievate poverty at all levels and provide youth employment.
He said he would also provide subsidised cum free education at some level, free health care, improved economy, infrastructure and agricultural and industrial revolution if he finally gets elected as governor of Osun.
APGA National Chairman, who was represented by Mr Mikeangel Folorunso, the Oyo Chairman of the party, said the presented party candidate was a vibrant individual with charisma to lead the state.
Folorunso said politics of money sharing would not bring development or help the people of the state out of their economy difficulties, but voting for a sincere candidate from their party would guaranty them a better future.
He enjoined people of the state to cast their vote for APGA during the Sept. 22 governorship election, stating that the democracy dividends being enjoyed in Anambra (APGA governed state) would be replicated in Osun when Oluwatoki becomes governor.
Mr Olatunji Popoola, Osun APGA Chairman, said he was happy that the primary was a success and that the party has filed a credible candidate who people in the state would be happy to vote for.
Popoola said APGA is the only party that understand the pains of the people of Osun and has a blueprint and working plan to being prosperity and wealth back to the state.
The APGA primary was witness by representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while the party candidate was elected unopposed.