Osun decides 2018: Meet the major contestants

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The South-western state of Osun is currently engulfed in political activities as the gladiators battle for the number one seat in the state, in an election coming up on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

The forthcoming governorship poll in Osun state remains one without a clear favourite just days before the poll. It is also the governorship poll with the highest number of candidates so far. As many as 48 political parties are fielding candidates in the election.

However, analysts believe five candidates are prominent and anyone of them has the chance of winning the election. Today’s echo has analysed the top five contestants below:

  1. Moshood Adeoti of Action Democratic Party (ADP)

Moshood Adeoti was Governor Aregbesola’s Secretary to the State Government until June 2018 when he defected to the Action Democratic Party (ADP) after the APC primaries. He is also a seasoned politician, although without Omisore’s lengthy experience. Although he is a dark horse in this contest, Adeoti does not have the political baggage associated with some more experienced contestants. However, with neither incumbency on his side, nor experience, or resources, he may find it hard to match other contestants.

2. Iyiola Omisore of Social Democratic Party (SDP)

 

Iyiola Omisore is arguably the most experienced of all the contestants. He was Deputy governor of the state, under Chief Bisi Akande from 1999 to 2003. He was also a senator from 2003 to 2009. Born in 1957 to a royal family in Ife, Omisore’s local government area of origin has put him on a special spot in the politics of Osun state. Ile-Ife is one of the four largest cities in the state, the others being; Oshogbo, Ilesha, and Ede. Omisore holds two engineering degrees and a postgraduate certificate from Brunel University Uxbridge, as well as a Ph.D in Infrastructure Finance from the International School of Management, Paris, France. His experience may count as an advantage and at the same time, a disadvantage. He has been in at least three different parties since 2003. He was first in AD, later defected to the PDP, and is now in SDP. Also, the belief that he is complicit in the death of former minister of Power and Steel, Chief Bola Ige has not worn off in the minds of some. Also, he is contesting under a party with little resources to match the APC or the PDP.

 

  1. Ademola Adeleke of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Ademola Adeleke is the younger brother of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, former governor of Osun State, who died in April 2017 as a Senator on the platform of the APC. The Adeleke family demanded that the APC replace the late Isiaka with his brother, Ademola. After his family’s request was rejected by the APC, Ademola defected to the PDP and won the Senatorial election. He is known as the dancing senator because of his public energetic display of dance steps. He emerged the PDP candidate for the September 22 election this year during the party’s primaries earlier in the year.

Although from a very successful family, Ademola Adeleke is not an experienced politician unlike his late brother. However, he can count on the resources of the largest opposition party, PDP.

  1. Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress (APC)

Gboyega  Oyetola was the Chief of Staff to outgoing governor Rauf Aregbesola. He is an accomplished businessman and insurance expert. After holding top positions in Leadway Insurance and Crusader Insurance, Oyetola became the Executive Vice Chairman of Paragon Group of Companies with interest in Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Stock Broking etc. until his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Osun.  Oyetola’s biggest advantage is his party, APC, the party of the incumbent governor of Osun State. He also has the backing of the National leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu who is rumoured to be his cousin.

 

  1. Fatai Akinbade of African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Fatai Akinbade is also a former Secretary to the State Government. Information about Akinbade reveals that he is also a highly experienced politician, albeit a grassroot and behind- the -scene man. He has served the state in different capacities as SSG, Commissioner, and the Chairman of PDP when the party won the state in 2003. He has also contested for governorship before, against Aregbesola in 2014 on the platform of the Labour Party. He defected to the ADC after losing to Ademola Adeleke in the PDP primaries. He is a strong contender because of his experience and also because of the ADC’s ascendant popularity. He however, needs to match the resources of the PDP and APC to have a good shot.

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