Our attention has been drawn to some unfounded rumours being circulated in the social media as regard distribution of rice to all the polling units in the state. One thing that is clear is the fact that the APC government in Osun is for all not for any political parties.
Politics ends during electioneering period and immediately a winner emerges, it become government and our government is for all. Prior to now, Osun State Government under the leadership of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola has been doing a lot of social intervention programmes starting from O’ YES, O’ Meal, Festival Support Fund, Vulnerable Fund Distribution, Financial Assistance among others to all and sundry irrespective of party or religious affiliation.
Also, provision of infrastructural amenities such as good roads, standard medical hospitals across the local governments in the state is ongoing unabated for the usage of all. Citizens of the state have been enjoying all these without party affiliations. It is important to note that, this is not the first time Osun government under the leadership of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola is rolling out this gesture. We do it at every festival and it goes round the citizens not minding party affiliations.
The rice to be distributed is that of the state government and not the one donated or bought by the 21 Man Committee to raise fund for Covid-19 in the state. Though, the distribution of the rice is under the supervision of APC members but this does not deprive any citizen of his or her entitlements.
Members of any political parties can visit polling unit for his or her own to get his/her share. In fact, that was why the distribution is not channel to APC wards meeting points. It is a known fact that it is the tradition of Osun government to extend hand of support to Babalojas, Iyalojas, Market Groups, League of Imams, Christian Association of Nigeria, Transport Unions, Motorcycle Unions among others.
We urge our citizens to disregard any sentiment and puerile submission by some people in the distribution of this palliative package. It is a right and privilege of every citizen to collect his or her relief package not minding his party affiliations.
Osun A Dara.