A former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Chief Oluwole Oke, has challenged Governor Rauf Aregbesola and former Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Chief Iyiola Omisore, to a public debate.
Oke, who has declared his intention to vie for Osun State governorship seat in 2014, said he was better than Aregbesola and all three aspirants of the Osun Peoples Democratic Party.
Apart from Omisore, the two other governorship aspirants from the Peoples Democratic Party include former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Akinade Akinbade, and former Minister of Youth Development, Chief Olasunkanmi Akinlabi.
Speaking in his Esa-Oke country home, on Sunday, Oke, a two-term chairman of defence committee, explained that despite being the youngest of the contestants, he possessed the best academic credentials and records of service to Osun people among the aspirants.
Oke said, “I challenge any of the aspirants to an open contest. It could be a written or oral test. Let us all write a test on security, economy, infrastructure, agriculture. The test could be impromptu or they could give us a month notice.
“I know Osun State like I know the back of my palm. I know the yearnings of the people. There’s none of the contestants that we have who has connected to the people of Osun like I do.
“Although I’m the youngest of the contestants but age should be a blessing in this regard and not a negative factor. All the contestants are older, they should, by this token, take the back seat and offer advice.”