The Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, declared his presidential ambitions in a candid interview with Arise Television, expressing confidence in his qualifications for the role.
Governor Adeleke, who is dedicated to elevating the status of Osun State, stated, “I’m qualified to be the president of Nigeria, so why not? If God says that it’s time for me to become president, I will grab it and take care of my people. I’m not going to say no, anything can happen.”
Addressing his efforts to enhance the state’s stature, Adeleke highlighted various committees working on palliative measures. He emphasized his commitment, stating, “I’m working 24/7 to make sure that Osun is great.”
Discussing the state’s debt challenges, Adeleke shared, “I inherited a huge debt, about almost forty-something billion. So I started paying them half salary slowly, little by little.” He underscored his commitment to pensioners, healthcare, and road infrastructure.
Adeleke detailed advancements in healthcare, noting, “All our primary healthcare, I went there, I visited myself…we gave them free medical care to the extent that if they go to another state, for example Lagos State, if they’re sick, they will go and get treatment there and they will send the bill to Osun government, and we will pay for it.”
Regarding roads, he addressed ongoing projects and claimed that federal interventions facilitated road repairs attributed to the APC. Adeleke’s broader agenda includes a focus on tourism, culture, and entertainment, emphasizing the state’s wealth in resources like gold and bitumen.
On his relationship with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Adeleke stated, “One thing with me is that whichever way he gets there, God wants him to be there. Since he’s there now, he’s our president, so we have to keep praying for him.”
As Adeleke charts his political course, his vision for Osun encompasses economic growth, improved infrastructure, and enhanced well-being for its residents.