The Gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party (LP) in Kwara state, Comrade Issa Aremu has urged people of Kwara state to “reinvent statesmanship” as a mark of honour of the late pioneer military governor of Kwara state, Retired General David Bamigboye.
In a condolence message issued in Ilorin, Aremu said the demise of Brigadier General on the eve of a critical transitional election in Kwara state was “a divine reminder” of “an era of selfless statesmanship”, calling on all aspirants for public offices in Kwara state to learn from the bold positive imprints of the former military governor.
The LP candidate who is also a NEC member of NLC said though never an enthusiast of military leadership in general, there was once “a developing Kwara state that was a pride of all Kwarans” under Bamgboye compared to what he described as “the present stagnant underdeveloped Kwara state that is an embarrassment to all Kwarans”.
Aremu listed the achievements of Bamgboye to include notable sustainable state building projects such as Kwara Polytechnic, Herald Newspaper, Kwara Hotel, Kwara State Secretariat, public secondary schools, general hospitals, offered scholarships in higher institutions.
“Late Brig. General David Bamigboye helped to build a developmentalist Kwara State which today, suffers huge development deficits due to bad governance” he observed.
He added that Kwara state needs state-led development of Bamigboye-era under an LP government.
According to him, 2019 gubernatorial election offers a unique historic opportunity for Kwarans to reclaim their state from what he called “self serving leadership” to governance through “selflessness, statesmanship, entrepreneurship, compassion, managing diversity, equality, inclusiveness, sense of justice and fairness and prosperity for all”.
Bamigboye, aged 78, died last Friday 21 September 2018 after a brief illness.
He was the first Military Governor of Kwara State from May 1967 to July 1975, after the state was created among other first generation 11 states from the old defunct three regions of North, East and South of Nigeria.