Osun 2026: APC National Secretary, Basiru, PDP trade words

The National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ajibola Basiru, has expressed confidence that the party is preparing to assume power in Osun State in 2026. Basiru shared this outlook during a speech to APC members at a meeting in Osogbo on Friday.

He encouraged Osun APC members to begin mobilizing for the 2026 gubernatorial election and criticized the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, for allegedly not being truthful about urban renewal projects.

Basiru stated, “The much-mouthed borehole per ward is a fluke. Any Government built on lies and propaganda is bound to crumble.”

While sympathizing with the State’s workers over the alleged hardships they have faced, the APC national secretary questioned the use of the first tranche of the N2 billion palliative fund from the Federal Government. He asked, “Has any Osun worker received even as little as a cup of rice from the bags Osun PDP obtained from the Federal Government?”

He also pointed out that despite increased allocations from the Federal Government to Osun, there had been no significant improvement in workers’ welfare or tangible projects for the people.

In response, the Osun Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement issued by its party chairman, Sunday Bisi, advised Basiru to stop entertaining the idea of his party’s return to governance in the state. Bisi referred to Basiru’s statement as a fallacious illusion that does not align with the reality in Osun now or in the foreseeable future.

Bisi argued that Basiru’s assertions overlook the positive progress and transformations in Osun State under Governor Adeleke’s administration, which has been in contrast to the alleged corruption and destruction during the previous administration.

He accused Basiru of employing the politics of poverty to oppress the people and stated that the governor has been transparent about the government’s activities and judicious use of funds for the benefit of the people. Bisi emphasized that Osun people are staunch supporters of democracy, and their pride in the democratic process remains unwavering.