Hammed Morufu popularly called Labule, a physically disabled man in Osun State couldn’t contain his excitement when Governor Gboyega Oyetola sent delegates to locate him on Tuesday.
Prior to the APC governorship primaries in June 2018, while some members of the party drove through Ilemowu in Ola Oluwa Local Government Area, Labule, who at that time was a staunch fan of Peoples Democratic Party, was seen running after the APC convoy.
As he ran after the convoy with his crutches, he was screaming, “Oyetola will be the next governor of Osun by God’s grace.”
This was revealed in a statement by Engr Remi Omowaiye, the Commissioner for Works and Transport in Osun.
According to Omowaiye, “I never knew the Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola noticed him. Only recently, Mr Governor sent me the picture of him running after our campaign convoy in 2018 and mandated us to search for him.
“We eventually got him at Ilemowu in the company of the Commissioner for Special duties and regional Integration, Hon Olalekan Badmus, Council chairman Ola Oluwa South LCDA, Dayo Adebiyi and APC Party Chairman in ward 2 of Ola Oluwa LGA.
” ‘Labule’ as the young man is called was excited that the Governor could remember him.”
The commissioner further disclosed how dumbfounded he was to learn that Labule, despite his disability, had a large cassava farm which he cultivated himself.
In his words: “I enquired further to know his occupation. I was shocked when he told us he is a local farmer. I didn’t believe him cause I was wondering how that was possible because of his physical challenge. He took us to his large cassava farm and even demonstrated how he makes ridges. I was dumbfounded.”
As a result of Oyetola’s benevolence, the State Government promised to support Labule’s farming business and look at the possibility of providing him with an artificial limb.
Indeed, the god of fortune has smiled on this young man who rightly predicted Oyetola’s victory even before the governorship election was conducted.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Olaoluwa South LCDA, Hon Adedayo Biyi described Labule as a grassroot Politician who always mobilise for his party.
Biyi further explained that Labule is very hard-working and generous, adding that despite his physical challenge, he always like to help his fellow human being.
Reacting to the Governor Oyetola’s gesture towards Labule , the Council Boss who described the Governor as a man of the people urged people other Political Office holders to emulate kind gesture of the governor.
“The Governor is a man of the people. This is not the first time he would be extending such helping hand. Mr Governor takes note of everything that happen around him. And you know it was a motacade campaign.
“I could remember during the gubernatorial campaign, we entered from Olaoluwa and we were going through Ilemowu, which is the home town of Labule and, Mr Governor when he saw a man walking with crutches shouting ontop his voice, he paid attention to him.
“And probably whether he has forgotten him or not I couldn’t say, but I learnt that when Mr Governor was going through his album pictures taken during the campaign he saw the pictures of the man and sent Engr Oluremi Omowaiye to look for him”