One of the leading gubernatorial aspirants under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Osun state, Mallam Olawale Rasheed has congratulated one of the founding fathers of the party and former federal lawmaker, Sen. Oluwole Alabi on his birthday.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Sunday.
Olawale described Sen. Alabi as a towering shining symbol of integrity, patriotism and democracy, adding that the former federal lawmaker is still a man of the people with high sense of commitment to state and national development.
It would be recalled that Dr (Sen.) Oluwole Alabi was a principal voice in the creation of Osun state in 1991 and a determinant factor in the location of its capital and other major decisions at inception.
He had served old Oyo state, Osun state and Nigeria in various capacities. He joined public life as a Commissioner for Health in the old Oyo state, Senator of the Federal Republic and Chairman of Federal Capital Development Authority.
Olawale said, “It is with thankfulness to God that I felicitate with our leader, my boss and a founding leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Senator (Dr) Oluwole Alabi as he adds another year today.
“Sir, you remain a towering shining symbol of integrity, patriotism and democracy. Ever since you joined public life as a Commissioner for Health in the old Oyo state through your service in Senate of the Federal republic to your years as Chairman of Federal Capital Development Authority, you remain a man of the people with high sense of commitment to state and national development.
“You were a principal voice in the creation of Osun state and a determinant factor in the location of its capital and other major decisons at inception.”
Olawale recalled how teeming supporters of Alabi were hoodwinked when jostling to become Osun state governor in 1999 after return of democracy.
According to him, “Your great vision for the new state prompted your bid for governorship in 1999. We ran a good race at the 1999 election but our people were hoodwinked. They regretted and reversed that decision in 2003 by voting Prince Oyinlola.
“Sir, you are a believer in the potentials of our youth. At barely 30 in 1999, you approved my appointment as the Director of Publicity for the PDP governorship campaign organisation.
“You always told me then that it is time to build a successor generation. Your faith in the new generation was a source of inspiration to many of us in the political process.
“I remember our flight in a private jet from Lagos to Kaduna and then to Jos to attend the presidential convention of the PDP ahead of the 1999 Presidential election.
“Your friend Senator Jubril Martins Kuye was the third man in that flight. Your trust and faith in successor generation is unwavering.
“Boss, as you add another year today, I wish you more blessings, more prosperity, more blessed health and fruitful years,” he said.