It is my honour and pleasure to welcome all of you to this historic occasion of the state flag-off of the campaign of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and adoption of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR as our presidential candidate in Ogun state.
The journey is to this historic flag-off has been tortuous and challenging. We have had to stand up to some political hegemonists who were out to hijack the government of Ogun state and truncate the great achievements of our dear Governor, Senator Ibiikunle Amosun CON, FCA who has not only raised the bar of governance high in the state, but has actually demonstrated that with right vision, determination and good leadership, Ogun state has the potentials to be one of the greatest states in Nigeria.
Since 2011 when it pleased God to put him in the saddle as the governor of Ogun state, Governor Amosun CON, FCA has set new standards in virtually all areas of governance, so much that we have no alternative but to build on the solid foundation he has erected. Under him, Ogun state has become the destination of choice and the industrial hub of Nigeria. The records have confirmed that Ogun state is playing host to over 180 companies which have invested between $200Million and $2Billion. Ogun state has witnessed an unprecedented development in infrastructure which is indeed a major factor for the influx of foreign investors into the state. These achievements have been replicated in other areas of governance such as agriculture. Today, Ogun state is one of the largest producers of rice in the country and the focus on our indigenous Ofada rice has put Ogun state in the map of major producers of rice globally. The welfare of the people in the areas of education, healthcare and social services has been enhanced and Ogun state enjoys one of the best indices of human capital development in the country.
The achievements are many and very noticeable to all. The least we can do as a people is to ensure an orderly transition from this achieving government to another that will sustain the mission to rebuild Ogun state. Unfortunately, recent happenings in the politics of Ogun state have sought to truncate this peaceful transition and the consolidation of the gains of the past seven and half years.
For about two months, we have had to fight for the freedom of our people to freely choose the government of their choice. We have had to contend with some forces that are determined to reverse the march to prosperity in Ogun state. Today, we are flagging off the campaign of the Allied Peoples Movement because this remains the only way we can continue the good work of the government of Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA who has set new standards for the government of Ogun state.
It is my honour and privilege to tell you that I am a firm believer in the development of Ogun state in the fashion of Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA. I believe that the resources of our state should be used for the promotion of the welfare of the good people of Ogun state. I am a firm believer that the good people of Ogun state have the inalienable right to choose the leader of their choice without any imposition by some forces outside the state. I am also a believer in the great potentials that abound in our state, not only in terms of our natural resources but also in the immense human resources that abound in the state. I give my commitment to sustain the Mission to Rebuild Ogun State.
Let me conclude by assuring our teeming supporters that our victory is assured in the 2019 gubernatorial election. If you look at this gathering, it is a gathering of who is who in the progressives’ family in Ogun state. Our reach extends to the nooks and crannies of the state. Our records in the service of our people remain untainted. Our people have tested us over the years and found us trustworthy. I have no doubt that victory is ours. I implore us to go about our campaign peacefully and avoid violence, even in the face of provocation. Our march to victory is assured.