A former Minister of Youth Development, Senator Akinlabi Abdurasheed Olasunkanmi, Tuesday formally declared his intention to contest the Osun State 2014 governorship election as his supporters began a three-week tour of all the 30 local government areas in the state.
He is the first aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to declare formally under the current dispensation.
Though there are speculations that other candidates may be eyeing the same position, he is the first person to commit his intention formally in writing to members of the party.
In a letter to his party members at the local government level titled: Notification of Intention to Contest for Osun State Governorship Seat in 2014, Olasunkanmi said "as the year 2014 beckons; a year that will witness another transition from one administration to another, I wish to inform you of my intention to contest for the position of governor of our state on the platform of the PDP."
The letter which the spokesperson of the campaign group, Mr. Ayo Aluko-Olokun, said would be read to PDP members across the state, was read at three local government areas of Ifedayo, Ila and Boluwaduro all in Osun central senatorial district.
Olasunkanmi noted in the letter that his decision to contest the election was based on his unyielding "desire to transform our state and restore it to a path of honour and rational policies," noting that "the people complain of pains from demolition of their properties; business groan in pains and our once thriving economy is comatose and these untoward developments have brought undue hardship to our to our teeming population."
In the two-page letter, Olasunkanmi said he had held consultations across the strata of the people in the state and was ready to consolidate on the age-long legacy of a well trained manpower by taking a compassionate look at all the anti-labour policies of the current government "with a view of returning smiles to the faces of our workers."
The advised that all hands must be on deck to step up the teaching of science subjects in all schools in the state.
"I am firmly resolved to treat our people with respect and dignity and tap from the varied experiences and good works of our elders. I shall combine the foregoing with what God has deposited in me and give a new impetus to our state.
"As a good and disciplined party man, who believes in the supremacy of the party, I promise to restore the party and its leadership at all levels to their rightful position in the scheme of things. I shall allow the party to decide on party matters while focusing my attention on governance.
"As we proceed towards electing our flag bearer, let me appeal to us all to conduct ourselves well. Let us remember that we are all members of the same PDP family and that we need every member to succeed. The person that would fly the flag has already been known by God and we pray that the person would usher in an era of peace and harmony for our party and restore the PDP back to power in Osun State.
"As a thorough-bred Yoruba son, I have imbibed the virtue of keeping my promises. On this journey, I wish to assure you that I shall sustain this virtue and remain a good Ambassador of Osun State and our Party in and out of office. I promise to be a Governor in whom you shall all be proud and Osun State shall march forward again."