Aregbesola declares Oyinlola’s tenure as iron rule, promises peace, development

As activities marking the 20th anniversary of Osun State entered the third day, Governor Rauf Aregbesola pronounced the tenure of his immediate past predecessor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s tenure as a rule of iron fist just as he promised to leave a legacy of peace and unmatched prosperity during his tenure. Aregbesola concluded that for most…”
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As activities marking the 20th anniversary of Osun State entered the third day, Governor Rauf Aregbesola pronounced the tenure of his immediate past predecessor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s tenure as a rule of iron fist just as he promised to leave a legacy of peace and unmatched prosperity during his tenure.
Aregbesola concluded that for most part of his seven-and-half-year rule, Oyinlola had to contend with the crisis of legitimacy.

His words: “Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola ruled Osun State with iron fist while he was in office declaring that “with the benefit of hindsight, and I don’t want to be uncharitable, he was weighed down heavily by the burden of legitimacy and had to struggle with this through his seven and half years tenure of iron rule”.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori at the public presentation of a book titled ‘From Leo Ajiborisa to Rauf Aregbesola: 20 Years of Governance in Osun State’ written to commemorate the anniversary, Governor Aregbesola asserted that as it was the case in Yorubaland, the people would eternal remember the king under whose reign they enjoyed peace and prosperity and the one that was marked by chaos and suffering.

His words: “There are two kings the Yoruba will never forget. The one under whose reign there was peace and prosperity and the one whose tenure was marked by chaos and suffering. Of course, all the ‘kings’ past in Osun have made their mark and have left indelible impression in the hearts of the people – for good or bad”.
Aregbesola told the gathering that his administration was conscious of history and was determined “to leave a legacy of peace and unmatched prosperity during our tenure”.

Recalling the contributions made by two of his predecessors, the governor lauded the pioneer military administrator, the then Colonel Leo Segun Ajiborisa and Chef Adebisi Akande for their selfless and visionary leadership and services.

Aregbesola precented a graphic picture of how the then Colonel Leo Ajiborisa started the take-off of Osun State from scratch armed with nothing but utilized the people and materials available to take off.

“I can imagine the then Colonel Leo Ajiborisa starting a state de novo. He had to put every structure of state into place from scratch. He had to put every structure of state into place from scratch. He had to determine the secretariat, government house and office accommodation. He quickly improvised and started converting markets and sundry other places for good use”.

The only material which Ajiborisha had, he noted, was the people that were hurriedly dispatched from Ibadan, without accommodation and office.

Commending the civil servants and teachers for their services while hanging around under trees and sheds and were subjected to pounding by the elements while being separated from their families.
Aregbesola commented that the public servants carried out their assignments with pride in their heart that they had had their own state and determination in their face to give what it takes to make Osun state succeed.

Commenting further, the governor said “I want to specially commend those courageous and patriotic staff who endured the hardship and heroically stood by the state, even when some of their colleagues were doctoring the records to enable them stay behind in Ibadan as indigenes of Oyo State. Many of those dutiful pioneer staff are still in service, you have my special commendation”.

He remarked that Senator Isiaka Adeleke took over from Colonel Ajiborisa after five months but his regime was short-lived for him to make much impact as he was sacked by the military after the coup of November 1993, less than two years in office.

He also recalled that a succession of military rulers namely retired Navy Commander Anthony Udofia, Lt. Colonel Anthony Obi and Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye followed before civil rule was restored in May 1999 which produced Chief Bisi Akande as the second elected governor.
Aregbesola lauded Chief Akande’s administration as unrivalled in terms of development of Osun State which culminated in his ability to leave an amazing record of achievement within four years of his tenure.

The governor commented said “Chief Akande’s administration till date has been unrivalled in vision, dedication, commitment, transparency and integrity. He definitely has set an ‘amazing record’ which the power mongers would not want to be taken too far. He was brazenly rigged out of office in the 2003 election”.
Akande’s successor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola was for most part of his seven and half years stay in power, had to contend with the crisis of legitimacy.

Lamenting that the immediate past governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola ruled Osun State with iron fist while he was in office declaring that “with the benefit of hindsight, and I don’t want to be uncharitable, he was weighed down heavily by the burden of legitimacy and had to struggle with this through his seven and half years tenure of iron rule”.

He chronicled the achievements of his administration including rebranding Osun State as “Ipinle Omoluabi” with a flag, crest and anthem which dignified the powerful identities of the people and promoted their character and patriotism.

The governor also talked about the state’s Education summit that involved stakeholders who looked into what went wrong with education and proffered the way forward.

He promised that the result of what he described as a brilliant approach to educational restructuring would soon manifest in the development of new infrastructure of learning, system and structure of schools and general overhaul of education in the state.

The governor also mentioned the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) under which platform 20,000 jobs were created in less than 100 days of the administrations that catered for youth who have lost the hope of any productive engagement opportunity to serve their communities with pride and dignity.

Other achievements he listed included the convocation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that sought to address the injustices of the past in the state, a medical mission held in partnership with Oranmiyan Worldwide tagged Jigi Omoluabi, during which eye examinations were carried out, leading to provision of eyeglasses for the visually impaired and eye surgery for those who need it.

Aregbesola than mentione the massive environmental sanitation of Osun State and declaration of 90 days environmental sanitation emergency through the popular O’CLEAN programme that is now a buzzword in the state.

The establishment of Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (OREAP) for job creation and poverty alleviation that has now tractorized 3000 hectares of farmland for farmers in addition to the provision of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer among others were listed by the governor.

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Mr gov. am sure has a serious issue to contend with. There is no time since assumption of office that he will not make mention of oyinlola in a bad way one way or the other. If he is not reasoning well with his words, his advisers should please advice him well. Is it mr gov words that will make osun state not to appreciate oyinlola again or what is he thinking?” Oyin ti dun tele, oyin ladun, oga sa ni master”
Please if you are interested in osun state development, quickly do it and not lofty imaginations. There are serious minded, intelligent, God fearing, responsible indigenes that love osun state more than the ogbeni imagine.
Osun state is not advancing under ogbeni and thats the truth.
God help osun state

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Mr. gov should stop refering to oyinlola’s administration because the man did well.
Osun state have her university, center for black culture and international understanding, technical schools that is second to none(mr gov. and his friends even do parties there), road constructions, health centrer, peace in osun state and many good works.
If ogbeni is serious, he should please do so cause time is going.

God bless osun state.

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Because of ogbeni’s attitude, osun state is not being appreciated again. The same error that occurred during akande’s tenure that osun state indigene find it difficult to be native of osun state.
we need more than what ogbeni is doing. our traditional rulers have become nothing to him that because of politics he says anything.
During campaing period, we heard it all on osbc radion how a gov was raining curse on air that young children heard and think its a good thing.
This is not the osun state of our dream
God will help us.

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I pray osun state people be free in spirit and mind. ipinle omoluabi is just a caption to deceive people. If you are indeed omoluabi gov., we will know with your words but all your words and action negiat e ita all.
God help osun state

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All ds coming out of mr.gov. Is 2 let u all knows the situatxn on grand,when oyinlola “baba olowe of africa” was there he made more than enough comment on this man,if this is time 4 him 2 let him(oyin) know that NO EMPIRE OR EMPEROR WILL LAST 4EVER there is nothing bad in it.just know that ‘olá kò se ibìkan’

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Hello Habib, mr-pro-oyinlole, u better shut that your stink infected-dirty-mouth nd let it remain shut forever before it gets striked by thunder u shameless syndicates. If i may ask u, did mr gov lied against lagunsole? did anything good come out from the bethel of the prince of pieces’ 71/2 yrs of reign? where were you when he wrecked havoc on the people of ilesha nd inflicted degrees of assault in osogbo at the wake of the do or die 2007 elections? where were you when an innocent-teen-girl was raped in ilesha by faceless pdp thugs? or where were u when the illegitimate gov made avalanche of outrageous and derogatory comments at his self-scripted ‘gbagede oro’ on those individuals nd communities he perceived to have decline to cast their votes in his favour? also, where were you when he foolishly disgraced a public-servant on air just because he hails from the same local govt as Aregbesola? have u hurriedly forgotten the planned bomb explossion at osogbo; police report’s saga; #18.4b loan; intimidation nd incarceration of members of the opposition parties; kalejaiye-naron gate? I know sycophants like u are hell-bent afraid of the efficacy of posterity

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we all know Osun state used to be peaceful before the advent of our new governor and his importation of agberos from Lagos,. all these talking must stop, during AKAnde’s time, he gave Osun a secretariat, repaired and tarred some roads, and other things, Oyinlola in his time had oyincorps, osun state university, repaired and tarred some roads and some other things, now its the time of a man that has always acted like osun state’s ghandi (even though he is a billionaire) and all we hear is talk talk talk,, lets be factual, the only thing mr aregbesola can do to shame Oyinlola is to perform beyond the expectation of we ordinary citizens, not talk. nuff said for now.

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Rafiu Sanusi

There were wild jubilations across the South western part of Nigeria the moment ACN governments were being entrenched from one state to the other after the court judgmenents.
Unfortunately however, these jubilations have become ashes in our mouth with the non performance witnessed in the ACN controlled states except in Lagos where there are glimpses of hope. Again, the performance in Lagos could have been better had there not been leakages as it was exposed by ACN members themselves that Lagos Speaker has collected N7b within the last 14 months as first line charge. The fact that the speaker did not deny receiving the funds speaks volume of what could be happening. His defence that he shares the money with the other 39 members of the assembly is disturbing.
Workers have been on strike in Osun state for weeks. This state has collected over N50billion from the federation account in the past 10 months of Aregbesola’s ACN government. Osun State University has been comatozed in the last 8 months. This University used to be the best in terms of non disturbance.
This brings me to the view that there is big leadership gap as analyzed below:

All should be concerned that there is a big leadership gap in this country called Nigeria. Leadership is about Trust. To the extent that none of the rulers could be trusted supports the existence of the gap. Not even the much averred ACN under the leadership of Bola Tinubu. We have all be hailing Fashola as a performer. Who could have conceived that N500m could be given to the Speaker of the Lagos State Assembly monthly as first line charge? First line means deduction from the revenue before appropriation.
In defending himself, the speaker informed the EFCC that he gives N5m monthly to each member of the Lagos Assembly including himself. For what purpose and for what purpose is Dimeji Bankole being tried? Same purpose of course. In addition, N5m for 40 legislators amounted to N200m monthly. What does He spend the balance of N300m on? If this is happening in the state the performing Fashola heads, how much of these are happening in other states including security votes.
We have always been castigating Peoples Destruction Party (PDP) as the only corrupt party. The fact that the speaker of the Lagos State Assembly did not deny collecting the N500m but stated that He distributes to member confirms corruption everywhere. Lagos is the best performing state.
I cannot see any difference between Obasanjo’s brigande and Bola Tinubu’s corruption. Could anyone tell me if there was any primary election in the ACN? Is the act of Tinubu dictating who would go for what position different from that of ever overbearing tendencies of Obasanjo? Tinubu’s wife, children and in laws were foisted on Lagosians. They are all same of the same. Let no one be fooled.
It is on record that Aregbesola’s electoral victory was hailed with pomp and pageantry. However, those jubilations have become ashes. In fact, He collected over N12billion in July 2011 for both state and local governments. What has he done? If he has not done anything, is the fund still intact? No.

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@mr micheal, exchanging improper word or abusive language with you sir will be impolite. I pray God will help you.
Am not part of oyinlola’s government if thats your thinking.
Osun state has always been peaceful when oyinlola was there until ogbeni came in. He is not the only gov. candidate in osun as we have others who are willing, capable, intelligent and God fearing to help osun state develop but he never came in well. We all know his words before election with “oranmiyan” group everywhere he goes which brought about confusion in our state.
He wants to be osun gov at all cost and it is clear thereby opting for “whatever it takes”
Why did’nt oyinlola killed, arrest, kidnap, assassinate or whatever name you may want to call it sir on oladipo, oduoye and other contestants? They are professionals in their choosen fields and of peaceful minds(not because they are fools ) but love osun state dearly and by their words we all appreciate them and that will always be.
oyinlola is not a perfectionist but came in 2003 and all citizens are proud of him and all enjoyed being from osun state. He (oyinlola) has his own weakness too but he did his own.
Abusing ourself on osun defender is not good for brothers of the same state.
God help our dear state.

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Adewale, Portharcourt

I think Aregbesola is just a noise maker walai, before we can call something a fake, u must present its original. We condemned oyinlola tenure bcs he did not performed lyk Akande bt for Aregbe that has done nothing he shld b same of himself for blaming oyinlola regime, i just pray dt we dont blame ourself over aregbe at d end of d day

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OLADIMEJI ISMAIL

AREGBESOLA SHOULD STOP CRITICIZING OYINLOLA.OYINLOLA IS NO LONGER OSUN GOV. BUT U OGBENI.WE NEVER VOTED U TO ENGAGE IN CRITICISM,IT IS ONLY WHEN U PERFORME TO XPECTATION DAT U CAN HAVE D IMPETUS TO CRITICIZE UR PREDECESSOR.AM A SUPPORTER OF OGBENI AND I WANT TO TELL ALL OTHER SUPPORTER OF HIS,TO FACE D REALITY AND ACCEPT D FACT DAT OGBENI IS GRADUALLY BECOMING A FAILURE.

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Aderemi adelani olufemi

No matter what anybody say Oyinlola was cruel in govt,both when he was military administrator of Lagos state and as a civilian gov in Osun.So personally I was not disappointed by Oyinlola.But my able governor Aregbesola, I will be greatly disappointed in you if you can not show my people what good governance is all about as you did in Lagos as a commissioner. Just to shame “Poverty Development Party” and their sympathisers.everybody in Osun will not 4get in a hurry how Oyinlole/PDP ruled dem. so enough of dis sir. Osun a dara o.

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Infact! Ogbeni Aregbesola has really dissappointed me. He is too boastful and full of propaganda. We need good governance not mundane talks and unnecessary journey when his attention is highly required. The progress of osun is quintessential!

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Oyinlola’s regime is far far better than your own in all ramifications. So stop noise making.

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Bayo Omolola

If I were Governor Rauf Aregbẹṣọla, I would not use a speech marking the 20th year anniversary of Ọṣun State to attack or rubbish Prince Oyinlọla Olagunsoye who had served the state. Rather, I would commend those who have ruled state and draw attention to unfinished jobs, tell the public realistic the current government is doing, and appeal for support..

Governor Arẹgbẹṣọla may not do much for Ọṣun State if he concentrates on just hitting Prince Ọlagunsoye with verbal attack. Oyinlọla might not be perfect, but he established a university for the state. I am sure he did other things. We just have to be sincere even if we feel he did not do enough.

Now all people deserve and want is good quality of life which can only be achieved through sincere delivery of basic infrastructure and through communication which promotes respect and peace.

I hope Arẹgbẹṣọla will understand that I am using a third man’s eye to look at the issues in Ọṣun State. I hope his henchmen will understand that no leader is totally free from blemish. I hope they will realize that what is right is to be considerate and to be effective in delivering good governance, not to be full of verbal-attack communication. Also, I hope those who work, if there is any on the speeches of Governor Arẹgbẹṣọla, will not live below professional expectations.

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Bayo Omolola

If I were Governor Rauf Aregbẹṣọla, I would not use a speech marking the 20th year anniversary of Ọṣun State to attack or rubbish Prince Oyinlọla Olagunsoye who had served the state. Rather, I would commend those who have ruled state and draw attention to unfinished jobs, tell the public realistic programs the current government is doing, and appeal for support..

Governor Arẹgbẹṣọla may not do much for Ọṣun State if he concentrates on just hitting Prince Ọlagunsoye with verbal attack. Oyinlọla might not be perfect, but he established a university for the state. I am sure he did other things. We just have to be sincere even if we feel he did not do enough.

Now all people deserve and want is good quality of life which can only be achieved through sincere delivery of basic infrastructure and through communication which promotes respect and peace.

I hope Arẹgbẹṣọla will understand that I am using a third man’s eye to look at the issues in Ọṣun State. I hope his henchmen will understand that no leader is totally free from blemish. I hope they will realize that what is right is to be considerate and to be effective in delivering good governance, not to be full of verbal-attack communication. Also, I hope those who work, if there is any on the speeches of Governor Arẹgbẹṣọla, will not live below professional expectations.
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Bayo Omolola

If I were Governor Rauf Aregbẹṣọla, I would not use a speech marking the 20th year anniversary of Ọṣun State to attack or rubbish Prince Oyinlọla Olagunsoye who had served the state. Rather, I would commend those who have ruled state and draw attention to unfinished jobs, tell the public realistic programs the current government is doing, and appeal for support..

Governor Arẹgbẹṣọla may not do much for Ọṣun State if he concentrates on just hitting Prince Ọlagunsoye with verbal attack. Oyinlọla might not be perfect, but he established a university for the state. I am sure he did other things. We just have to be sincere even if we feel he did not do enough.

Now what all people deserve and want is good quality of life which can only be achieved through sincere delivery of basic infrastructure and through communication which promotes respect and peace.

I hope Arẹgbẹṣọla will understand that I am using a third man’s eye to look at the issues in Ọṣun State. I hope his henchmen will understand that no leader is totally free from blemish. I hope they will realize that what is right is to be considerate and to be effective in delivering good governance, not to be full of verbal-attack communication. Also, I hope those who work, if there is any on the speeches of Governor Arẹgbẹṣọla, will not live below professional expectations.

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Adeleke Oluwaseyi

PLEASE, YOU PEOPLE SHOULD LEAVE THIS MAN ( AREGBE) ALONE, HE HAS NOT CLOCK ONE YEAR IN OFFICE AND WE HAVE SEEN HIS HAND ON CREATION OF JOBS OF WHICH 20,000 YOUTH OF OSUN STATE ARE BENEFICIARY, ESTABLISHMENT OF O’CLEAN, O’REAP , PAYING BONUS AND ALLOWANCES TO WORKER, PREVENTION OF FLOOD AS IT OCCURRED IN SOME STATE.TO MENTION VEIW.
HE DID ALL THESE THINGS WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD COMPARE WITH THAT OF OYINLOLA WHO ONLY EMBARK ON ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIVERSITY WITH HUGE AMOUNT OF SCHOOL FEE, OF WHICH MANAGEMENT DEPT THAT CARRY.HIGHEST POPULATION WAS TAKING TO HIS HOME TOWN. IMAGINE!!
FOR GOOD 71/2 YEARS HE USED IN OFFICE, HE (OYINLOLA) CAN NOT FINISH THE ROAD 4RM GBOGAN TO OSHOGBO CAN YOU IMAGINE A SUCCESSFUL TENURE?
DURING OYINLOLA’S REGIME, HE USED OSUN STATE MONEY TO KILL COWS EVERY WEEKEND AND ENJOY HIM SELF @ MICOM GOLF ADA.
NOW COMPARE AND CONTRACT BTW A GOVT OF LESS THAN A YEAR AND THAT OF 71/2 YEARS
I’M IMPLORING GOOD PEOPLE OF OSUN STATE TO BE PATIENT AND GIVE THE OGBENI GOV TIME AND ALSO PRAY FOR THIS GOVT.
BECAUSE ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY,
OSUN A KU KU DARA LAGBARA OLORUN (AMIN).

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Oladimeji Adeniyi

AREGBESOLA FAILURES
Indeed, success is difficult to manage than failure! This is exactly the problem of ACN Party in Osun State. Many loyalists of the party are now becoming fed-up. Why?
Since last year when Ogbeni Aregbesola had been sworn in, a lot of things are been expected. Some steps are considered to be mistakes. Oyinlola Administration did not do that. Among these mistakes are
 Appointment of outside-based politicians as commissioners
 Neglect of Majority of ACN Members or Party as a whole
 High handedness of the party by the Governor
 Non attentive to Labour Calls until last Minute. Note:- Osun State is only the state that allowed the strike to extend to 5th Week on Minimum Wage of N18,000 !
 Uncared attitude towards all victims of brutal treatment by last regime.
 Constant travel out of the state.
The few points mentioned above, requires urgent attention before things get out of hands. PDP has studied these and the hand writing can be seen on the wall as Iyiola Omisore’s Campagn Office has torn out to be cynosure of eyes this time around. Failure in the above has enliven the dying party, PDP.
The issue of Labour supposed to be handled by Osun Insider like your SSG or any other popular insider.
No success is achieved in Isolation! It means that there would not have been AREGBESOLA in Osun State if not for some people who sold you to the masses; I mean your party members. Create announce Boards and commission, so that opposition around them will be silent forever. Your party members are being seen as stupid for following you. You have been in power for almost a year and your party members cannot ………….. Try to mend your house.
I swear with the name of Allah, I am not sponsored by anybody. It is purely the mind of people. Osun is not like Lagos where people have other sources of revenue. The only means of lifelihood in Osun is Politics. Play well!
Oyinlola would never allow Labour to be on Strike for 5 weeks! Check his record. We want you to be incomparable with Oyinlola in all standards.
The people around you will not tell you the truth as Oyinlola people did.
Akande people also misled him! (A word for wise is enough).
Adeniyi Oladimeji, Osun State.

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Adejare Mutiu Adeshina

Before anybody should compare or contrast on both addministration one should be patience & let c d performance of d current addministration till its fist tenure last. As a gud citizen 1 should keep praying 4 Ogbeni Gov. 4 successfully delievered in office. “rain begins u said it would not last or much as dat of yesterday. As 4 his action on dominion on d party responsibility. Mr gov. Should give a chance 4 d party & majority 2 choose their suitable candidate in order 2 deliever 30 L.G 2 ACN in d fourtcoming L.G election. Osun adara o… Ede onibaje o…

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@oladimeji adeniyi.Really appreciate your words. Not that i am being paid by oyinlola but the truth about situation in osun state.
Ogbeni needs to be closer to those he thought brought him there. He should not rule our dear state in isolation.
Oyinlola though not perfect did his best and posterity is there to judge everyone.
I will always say it if he continues with his unnecessary noise that there are more diligent, hardworking, dedicated and God fearing indigene interested in the development of their loved state.
God bless osun state.

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