We Constructed Gbongan Trumpet Interchange Bridge To Prevent Needless Death- Aregbesola

..says Omisore is a tax defaulter

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday said the construction of Gbongan Trumpet Interchange Bridge named after the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Osun, ‎Chief Bisi Akande was aimed at averting avoidable death on the Ife/Ibadan Express way.

He disclosed that the ‎newly completed bridge that conjoins Ibadan/Ife/Gbongan/Osogbo dual carriage road, would put an end to road mishap that had claimed over 1,000 lives at Gbongan junction.

Governor Aregbesola stated this at the 2017 Annual Dinner/Colloquium‎, organized by the members of Progressive E-Group, at Atlantis Civic Centre, Osogbo.

Governor Aregbesola ‎said his administration was motivated to construct the multi-billion Akoda/Ode-Omu/Gbongan dual carriage way that accommodated the trumpet interchange bridge to open Osun to her neighbours and the rest of the country.

The governor had earlier on Thursday inspected the ongoing construction work on the road where he assured the residents of the area of total completion of the road before the expiration of his administration.

He expressed delight over the significant level of completion of the road, saying the impressive pace of work on the road further ‎shows his relentless commitment to bring to the residents of the state the much-needed infrastructure facilities.

Aregbesola, who was given a rousing welcome by the residents of Gbongan, held that the dual carriage way when completed would expose Osun to neighbouring states, thus increase the business, trade and commercial activities in the state.

Aregbesola noted that his administration had embarked on massive road infrastructure development, having realized the need to advance the economy of the state through industrialization and commercialization.

According to the Governor, universally, the economy is built and sustained basically on road infrastructure development as every economically advanced nation of the world is hinged on standard road and transportation networks.

“It is in view of this that we embarked aggressively on massive road infrastructure development to first of us connect and reconnect rural and urban citizens and as well attract both local and foreign investors whose first consideration on investment remains good roads.

“However, the completion stage of this road, particularly Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange Bridge indicates that our vision for the good people of Osun is gradually coming to fruition, not only on road infrastructure sector but in other aspects.

“So I am impressed with the level of completion on this road as it further attests to our commitment to bring to our people life-long quality roads infrastructure.

“It is our belief that the completion of this road will, without any doubt, contribute significantly to the socioeconomic growth and development of our people as Osun will be better exposed to neighbouring states”, he stressed.

However, ‎Governor tackled the former Deputy Governor of the State, Otunba Iyiola Omisore, over what he described as derogatory and deprecatory comments credited to him and published in one of the national dailies.

‎Aregbesola flayed Omisore for being mischievous and incongruous in his inward and outward dispositions, saying it is unfortunate that he (Omisore) has not learned from his self-afflicting political sojourn and travail.

He lambasted Omisore for lying against his government, noting that Omisore and his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led Nigeria, particularly Osun, to socioeconomic and political comatose.

He challenged the erstwhile Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation to give account of what he personally did while he was at the helm of affairs.

According to Aregbesola, it is laughable that a questionable character like Omisore could still be part of those criticizing us wrongly over the achievements we have made in the last seven years.

“I can say it without any form of equivocation that Omisore is a shameless person who doesn’t know what next in his life. He is a shameless liar because all he accused us on are those things they failed to do while they were in government.

“I want him to ask himself the impact he made in the lives of his people of the state, particularly his constituents, while he was in the senate?

“Omisore was there when PDP ruled Osun for seven and a half years. He was there as a chieftain of the party and he served two terms in the senate under the platform of the PDP but failed woefully on his statutory responsibilities to the people of his senatorial district, particularly Ife indigenes.

“He couldn’t complete tangible projects, but rather nursed his insatiable appetite for wealth accumulation. Most of the projects we did in Osun East senatorial district today ought to been done years back if PDP led government then did the needful”, he stressed.

Aregbesola said the erstwhile Deputy Governor lacked the moral integrity to condemn his administration, noting that he (Omisore) should begin to see himself in true colour as he epitomizes all he accused his administration of.

“He said our administration has failed, I want to ask him to justify this and juxtapose what God has achieved through us with what they achieved while in government?

“As at today, he (Omisore) still owes Osun government back log of taxes. The last tax of N25,000 he paid was in 2013, meaning that he is a tax defaulter.

“When he was in the Senate, he couldn’t even facilitate a single road to the benefit of his people, instead, he played to the EFCC hands for corrupt practices.

“So, it is time for him to face whatever case he has with EFCC and stop embarrassing and exposing his shortcomings, otherwise, he is inviting the wrath of the saints”, Aregbesola warned.

In their separate remarks, the three discussants, a human rights activist, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, member Osun House of Assembly representing Ife North, Hon. Babatunde Olatunji and Commissioner for Education, Kolawole Wasiu Omotunde-Young, hailed Aregbesola’s policies and programmes since inception.

In his words, Shittu said the present government has maintained a robust relationship with the state workforce as being reflected in the unprecedented successes the state has recorded in the last seven years.

Shittu whose lecture centred on the productive management of the state to workers, said Osun is the only state in Nigeria that labour unions enjoy 100 percent open arms from the state government.

He highlighted series of Aregbesola’s interventions to reposition, fine-tune and restructure the civil service, saying Osun witnessed tremendous development in all sectors due to her intellectual team spirit and inclusive approach to governance.

Also, Hon Olatunji extolled Governor Aregbesola for stimulating the economy of the state through his well-thought out and painstakingly designed policies that had impacted positively in the lives of the citizenry.

He said Osun of today can never be compared with what Osun was about seven years ago, stressing that the state had recorded a geometric progression in trade, commerce, industrialization and modernity as the state can boast of different investment situated across the state.

Mr Omotunde-Young on his part, applauded Governor Aregbesola for committing the largest resources of the state to advance and promote education sector, saying no state in Nigeria today can compete with Osun on education infrastructure.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Coordinator of the Progressive E-Group, Mr Mudashir Ayanfe, commended Governor Aregbesola for being focused and determined, in spite the erroneous distractions from his political traducers.

He said the group was established four years ago as a child of necessity to build synergy and fellowship among various online personalities who patriotically believed in the administrative style of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in order to collectively showcase his laudable programmes to the populace in one hand and extensively engage propagandists with facts and figures on the other hand.

‎”We are ‎very proud of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s legacy projects and modest achievements in office and that is why we are promoting it days and nights to the people.

“With sincerity of purpose of promoting good governance across board and continuous belief in the leadership style of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the group that started in 2014 as a local platform has become an official online media team of All Progressives Congress, State of Osun”, he added.


APC Blasts Omisore’s Aide For Saying Aregbesola Never Won Free, Fair Election

By Nofisat Marindoti

The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun, has blasted the Media Adviser to Senator Iyiola Omisore, Dr. Jide Fatokun, for saying it is on record Governor Rauf Aregbesola never won a free and fair election, describing the claim as factually inaccurate and politically nonsensical.

Fatokun had accused the governing APC for ineptitude and maladministration, alleging that the Aregbesola-led administration has taken the state 25 years backward as a result of huge loans incurred.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson in the state, Barr Kunle Oyatomi, said the claim, aside being untrue and baseless, is also totally undignified.

“The claim by the said Doctor that no single project has been completed since 2010′, by the Aregbesola-led APC government is intellectual dishonesty bordering on fraud.

“Perhaps, Dr Fatokun needs a third and fourth eyes for enhanced vision to see all the completed roads and bridges, schools, parks and other environment projects that have changed the Osun landscape.

“Dr Fatokun would have been ravaged by some weird form of delusion to have said that it is on record that Aregbesola never won free and fair election in Osun.

“Whose record was the so-called Dr. Fatokun referring to, could he be referring to courts’ records or INEC’s records or the phantom records of his delusional mind.

“If Fatokun and his PDP masters of whatever faction in Osun cannot get empirical evidence so obviously ubiquitous all over the State right, the so called doctor would be incapable of making political statement that could be respected in any way,” the statement opined.

The statement, however called on the people of Osun to ignore such claim, describing it as mere “rantings”.

“In the face of the five constructed bridges, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, and the state of the art schools amongst numerous others; for anybody to make that kind of sweeping st

Attack on Adeleke: Omisore’s Invitation Is In Order – Osun Govt.

By Toba Adedeji 
The State Government of Osun has said that the invitation of former Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore and some other suspects by the State police command is in order.
This resolution was reached after the deliberation at the end of Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday presided over by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
A statement by the governor’s media adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure said it is important to bring the case of assault on late Senator Isiaka Adeleke to a logical conclusion notwithstanding his demise.
The statement stated that, “Council was briefed on the invitation extended by the police to suspects who were alleged to have assaulted the former governor of the State of Osun, late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, in an Osogbo hotel in 2014. We posited that the invitation is in order, agreeing that we are a society of law and order. That a crime was committed three years ago and the victim has passed on does not mean that justice cannot be served or that a criminal should escape justice.”
However, the Council also commiserated with the National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over the demise of his son, Jide Tinubu who died yesterday.
The Council which also deliberated on other sundry issues in the state Council expressing satisfaction on concession of MKO Abiola International Airport, Ido Osun, to All Works of Life Development Organisation (AWOL International Limited).
It was further stated that, the Council received report on the concession of the project and urged all the parties to do everything possible to deliver the first phase on or before the eight months envisaged in the agreement.
According to the Council, All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government managing and carrying out economic intervention programmes in which an individual benefits to the tune of N100,000=00 and above, to bring all such individuals into the state’s tax net for the purpose of collecting tax from them. This will exclude the cadets of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) and beneficiaries of Agba Osun.

Police Invite Omisore Over Alleged Attack On Senator Adeleke

The police have invited a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, over an alleged attack on late Senator Isiaka Adeleke in the build-up to the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2014.
The late senator, who was a governorship candidate of the PDP shortly before the 2014 governorship election in Osun State, had accused Omisore and a former Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan and one Sogo Agboola of beating him up at a hotel where he had gone to meet officials of the PDP sent to conduct the primary election.
Adeleke, who eventually defected to the All Progressives Congress ahead of the poll assisted Governor Rauf Aregbesola to win his second term while he (Adeleke) contested Osun West Senatorial Election and won. He, however, died on April 23, 2017.
Despite the death of the complainant, the police last week, sent an invitation to Omisore asking him to report to the Police Headquarters in Osogbo concerning the case of assault against him by the late senator.
A copy of the letter obtained by a Punch correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday dated October 20, 2017 was signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Mr. Umega Uzochukwu.
The letter read, “You are invited to meet with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in connection with a case of assault O assigning harm reported by Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke against you.
“Looking forward to seeing you on the 27th day of October 2017 at about 1200 hrs, please.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, Mrs. Folashade Odoro, when contacted told our correspondent that the police invited the senator.

Omisore Is Too Controversial To Become Osun Governor – Odeyemi

By Sodiq Yusuf
A close ally and former spokesperson of the former deputy governor of Osun State, Sen Iyiola Omisore, Prince Diran Odeyemi has said that his former principal is not a credible candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the 2018 governorship elections in the state.
Prince Odeyemi advised Omisore that rather than he contest, he should leave the void and allow for a fresh candidate that will be marketable.
Odeyemi who stated this on a radio programme monitored by our correspondent in Osogbo on Thursday is of the opinion that the candidature of Omisore will not make any difference in PDP’s drive to reclaim the number one seat in Osun.
He said “I am a close ally to Omisore. My candid advice from me to him is for him to forget about governorship. He is to controversial. Not because of the Bola Ige or EFCC issue, but the reality of it is that he is not acceptable.”
“In 2014 when we had the power, federal backing, money and everything to win, he lost to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Otunba Iyiola Omisore’s name is too controversial in Osun politics. His name cannot win any election for the PDP.”
“I think what he should just do is to quit the race and become an elder statesman. He should come out and bring forth a candidate that will be sellable. If he supports someone from the Osun West Senatorial District, the people of the state will vote PDP.”
The PDP Chieftain contended that “PDP will make a great mistake if we base our strategies on Osun West Senatorial District By-Election. It was Senator Ademola Adeleke’s personality that won the election. Omisore should just sit down and use his influence to provide a credible candidate for the PDP.”
Odeyemi also posited that an aspirant for the guber election from the PDP, Kayode Oduoye is a “Kindergarten Aspirant.”

Aregbesola’s Deputy Tackles Omisore At Oroki Day Celebration

By Sarafa Ibrahim

The Deputy Governor of Osun State, Otunba Grace Titilayo-Laoye Tomori on Saturday carpeted Senator Iyiola Omisore for saying Aregbesola’s administration is frivolous.

Tomori, who declared that the regime of Governor Rauf Aregbesola surpassed the performance of the successive administrations in the state, adding that the incumbent government was not frivolous.

She stated this at the Oroki Day celebration in Osogbo, Osun state capital in response to a statement credited to the former Deputy Governor in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore during her speech at the occasion.

According to her, the statement by Omisore, in which he castigated Aregbesola-led APC government was out of place and that the current administration in the state has done well, particularly in terms of physical infrastructures.

“The current administration in Osun State has surpassed what successive administrations in the state did since the creation of the state. We are not frivolous in the APC and we are not reckless financially.

“We spend public funds judiciously to develop the state.

“Aregbesola’s government has performed excellently in terms of provision of physical infrastructures and social amenities and the social protection programmes of our government were adjudged best by reputable international organizations.

“Ours is not a government that will siphon the public fund and share remnant of the stolen money to people to appease them. The statement by Senator Omisore here today concerning the issue of the retirees in
this state and other things he mentioned were unbefitting”, Tomori said.

Earlier, Sen. Iyiola Omisore had in another forum empathised with the pensioners in the state who virtually everyday lay siege at government house to protest their unpaid pensions and gratuities.

He commented on the huge debts running into billions of Naira the state has been plunged into, which generated reactions from the present deputy governor, Mrs Tomori.

The event was attended by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Lasun Yusuff, the Chief of Staff to Osun State Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the Deputy Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Alhaji Akintunde Adegboye,

Others are: the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Alhaji Ajibola Basiru, Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Kolapo Alimi and the Chairman of the APC in the state, Prince Gboyega Famodun

Congress: Osun PDP Factions Set For Showdown

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The two factions of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of Osun are now set for showdown in the battle for the soul of the party in the coming congress as directed by the National Convention of the party.

PDP at its National Convention presided over by its National Caretaker Chairman, Senator Hammed Makarfi last week dissolved the Osun, Lagos,  Ogun and Adamawa States Working Committees of the party as a result of the crisis that emanated from their various congresses.   Contrary to the expectation of the national leadership of the party that elective congress may permanently resolve the leadership tussle in the state, the reality on ground suggests battle till finish and winner takes all.

The contending leaders, Hon Soji Adagunodo and Dr Bayo Faforijin led-factions have relocated to Abuja mounting pressure on the national leadership of the party at the Wadata Plaza for the appointment of favourable caretaker committee members.

An highly placed source at the South West Secretariat of the party confirmed to our reporter that the caretaker members directed by the convention would be appointed from outside to ensure transparency and fair play.

According to the source who was a former member of the state executive committee, the party national leadership has ruled out the possibility of appointing the state leadership within, having established that majority of the leaders have pitched tents with the two camps.

The source said “there are three proposals before Makarfi, that the two factions should nominate members for the caretaker committee and appointed a chairman outside the state who may be perceived not to be disposed to any of the factions”.

“Another proposal before the party leadership is the constitution of even number members of Five to Seven, drawn from the two camps and appoint a Chairman who should be the highest political office holder in the state which by implication referring to Senator Ademola Adeleke”

The proponent of the Adeleke agenda believed that the two camps worked for Adeleke during the last Senatorial bye-election and he should ordinarily be expected to be fair to all.

The third proposal according to the party leader is to appoint PDP Board of Trustee members to be chair by a serving Governor from the party or serving senator from the party without any members from the state.

But in anticipation of the caretaker members to be appointed possibly this weekend, the two factions have commenced moblisation for the congress after rejecting consensus arrangement from the ward to the state level.

It was gathered that the two factions have agreed on elective convention (option A4) and ready to sign a pact of no concession after the congress.

The two factions are seriously deploying arsenals to win the next congress by all means, a development that some chieftains of the party described as capable of spelling doom for the party in the state if not properly managed.

A  former Local Government Chairman of the party,  Alhaji Rasak Ibraheem  told Osun Defender that the incoming congress may generate more crisis than before with the “winner takes all” ambition of Hon Soji Adagunodo and Dr Bayo Faforijin  led factions.

He said “The two factions are preparing for the convention as if they are embarking on revolution where one class must crush the other completely and the result may not be in the interest of the party.”

“I will rather advise the party that to finally get rid of the crisis, the best option is to harmonise the state executives; with the expected arrangement from the caretaker, we are going to manage the crisis till next year that we are going to have gubernatorial election.

“What is glaring is that it is the gubernatorial ambition that is causing leadership crisis and if Omisore camp wins the congress which I doubt, it will not give room for concession for the Adagunodo camp where big wigs like Adejare Bello, Francis Fadahunsi, Kayode Oduoye, Erelu Olusola Obada and Alhaji Suhaib Oyedokun among others belonged.”

“My fear is also that if Adagunodo camp defeats Omisore camp, it will not be a tea party game considering the weight of Omisore in the party; the best thing is consensus but it appeares belated because the two camps have made up their minds”.

It would be recalled that the national convention of the party dissolved the executives council after months of leadership tussle that has partitioned the party secretariats in the state.

Adagunodo are currently operating in Biket area while Faforijin are operating from the former party secretariat in Onward, Gbondan road

Omisore Lacks Capacity to Lead Osun

‘A possible transfer of power from Gov. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola to Senator Iyiola Omisore, a former governorship candidate of the PDP in the state of Osun in 2018, would be similar to a total eclipse of the sun’.

This was the response of the APC to Omisore’s statement that he is in the race for governor of Osun in 2018 ‘in order to free the state from bad governance’.

In a statement from the publicity directorate of the APC in Osogbo made available to the media today, the party said ‘Omisore has no practical experience in governance worthy of respect to give the people of Osun.
‘He was disgraced from office, indeed impeached within two years as deputy governor to Pa. Bisi Akande for infidelity and sabotage of the same government he was supposed to be the second in command’, the APC argued.
According to the party ‘Omisore’s pedigree of disloyalty and inordinate ambition has lived with him since then till now, and nothing significant has changed in his political mould’.

The APC described Omisore ‘s participation in the last governorship election as particularly obscene and characterised by violence.

‘To worsen matters, the party said, Omisore has no restraint in lying against his opponents, and about events or his political worth, which the whole of Osun also knows, has been in decline over the years.

‘It is the reason the PDP chieftain can neither understand the dynamics of governance nor the tragic consequences of the economic downturn in Nigeria and how it has impacted Osun.

‘This is why we will not waste time and energy responding to the details of his wishy washy, namby, pamby criticisms of the APC government.

‘Omisore has nothing, but violence and thuggery to offer the people. His participation in Osun politics leave a trail of tears and blood that the people will never forget’, the APC claimed.
‘That’s not the substance of which a redeemer is made. Only destroyers come in the mould of the character that people of Osun have come to associate with Omisore.

‘For God’s sake , the people of Osun know better than Omisore thinks and they will surprise him again in 2018 with a painful defeat, which his lies and violence cannot stop’, the APC concluded.

Aregbesola Has Put An End To Omisore’s Governorship Ambition In Osun – Oyatomi

Kunle Oyatomi, the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun speaks on the 2018 governorship election in the state and why its governorship aspirants were directed to temporarily put their ambitions on hold.


There are insinuations that Governor Rauf Aregbesola is planning to impose a candidate as the APC flag-bearer in the forthcoming governorship election. How far is this true?

Every incumbent head of government anywhere in the world where elective democracy operates usually has an interest in who succeeds him, and this is so for two reasons. One: a successor can destroy everything an incumbent government or governor stood for, or even achieved. And two; a successor could well continue with the achievements of his predecessor. I leave the rest to your judgement as to what a rational incumbent will choose to do. And by the way, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is a very rational person and a strategic thinker.

Some concerned stakeholders are of the view that it would be difficult for anybody that emerges as governor after Aregbesola, regardless of his party to cope in governing Osun, considering its high debt profile. What is your take on this?

Yes. There are no two individuals who are equally endowed to manage crisis situation. In the case of the financial crisis in Osun, the people have been exceptionally lucky to have the person of Aregbesola as their governor. There could be a possibility of someone emerging that could be as good as Aregbesola, but the approaches would be dissimilar. If the crisis worsens than it is today, God forbid, we would be thinking of a miracle worker. To answer your question directly, a person familiar with the approach of Aregbesola and the APC government is the best possible hand Osun could hope to have to mitigate the impact of the crisis and make significant progress that will tide the state over its current economic storm. That person is most likely to emerge from the APC than from any other political party. The debt profile of Osun is only a small fraction of the humongous debt overhang of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If the Federal Government remains in debt and the economy continues to suffer depression, Osun will also struggle, just like any other state in the federation.

What informed the recent directive by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State to members who have governorship ambition to put on hold such aspiration?

Discipline, party discipline. Nigeria’s political scene is beginning to look much like a gold rush scenario where many politicians act like uncontrollable gold diggers. There is a significant deterioration in party discipline in virtually all the political parties in the country. The way politicians scramble for position has turned the political scene into a gold digger’s affair. The primary motive here (the scramble) is self interest, not public interest. This unfortunate situation is overheating the Nigerian political space and is already creating chaos within the party. If some kind of order must be restored, then the political parties must insist on a modicum of discipline. That is what the APC intended to achieve with that order.

There appears to be some ripples among your members ahead of 2018 governorship poll…

Yes, there is discontent everywhere in Nigeria and on virtually everything that you speak about. So, it is not news if there is discontent in the APC in the state.

Does APC in Osun still enjoy massive appeal among the electorate, when compared to previous years of the party in power?

Massive appeal for the APC in Osun did not happen overnight. It was incremental and it escalated when the positive results of the unique programmes of the party began to impact the people’s lives until the economic collapse or if you like, the recession. Osun State took a massive heat from that collapse to the extent that the economy of the state, that depended heavily on federal allocation, plummeted by over 300 per cent. That was enough to crush any state in a similar position like Osun.

But the good news is that, although the magnificent progress which the APC government in Osun was making came to a near screeching halt, in terms of cash allocation from Abuja, the state continues to move on in an inexplicable fashion. With the exception of salary of civil servant which was massively impacted by the recession, major projects that were on before the crisis continued to be implemented, in spite of the recession.

The pain that the recession brought on the people was enough to affect what you called the massive popularity of the party. However, no other political party in the state is anywhere near as popular as the APC still is in the state. Even if we do not have the massiveness at the time of the peak of our popularity, we are still the most popular party by a long shot in the hearts and minds of the people of Osun State.

The leadership of the main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently said they would explore the seeming cracks in the APC to their advantage come 2018. How do you hope your party can nip this in the bud?

There is a tendency in the media to downplay the defeat of the PDP in the governorship election of 2014. In spite of the massive deployment of federal might and financial resources to Senator Iyiola Omisore and the PDP to snatch power in Osun, Aregbesola comprehensively defeated Omisore and decisively ended his governorship ambition in the state. There is no way any other political party, including the fractured PDP, can summon the kind of resources and might that Omisore got in 2014. So come 2018, and in spite of hallucinations of critics about a supposed crack in the APC, no party can stand up in contest with the APC and win. APC is a solid house in Osun and, as long as human beings occupy that house, there is bound to be one form of disagreement or another. But that can’t put down the house. There is no political structure standing today in Osun, except the APC that is in the hearts and minds of Osun citizens. So, it will be baloney for anybody to think that there is a political party today or a combination of them that can defeat the APC in a political contest.

Is there any hope for some civil servants in the state to receive the balance of their half salaries since July 2015 before Aregbesola hands over to a new administration in 2018?

Hope is elastic and faith secures hope. So, there is an elastic possibility that, by the time Aregbesola is leaving, the economy of the state and that of Nigeria would have significantly improved to secure that possibility.