Aregbesola Tours Osun Federal Constituencies Ahead Governorship Election

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun will tour the nine federal constituencies of the state to brief the people on his achievements in the last seven and half years starting from Monday, 23rd April, 2018.

This is contained in a statement by the Director Research and Publicity of the Osun Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Barr Kunle Oyatomi released to newsmen in Osogbo on Friday.


Gov Aregbesola tours…..

Prior to a full blast of campaign activities for the September 2018 governorship election, the incumbent Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is starting a goodwill visit to parts of the state, beginning Monday, April 23, 2018.

The visit will be to all Federal constituencies. Starting Monday, he will be at Ile Ife in Ife Federal constituency and the following day, the team moves to Ilesha in Ijesha South Federal Constituency.

On Thursday, April 26, he will berth at Ijebu Jesha in Ijesha North Federal Constituency and on Friday, April 27, the train moves to Ikirun in Ifelodun Federal Constituency.

On Monday, April 30, in Ila, the Federal Constituency will host the Governor and his team while it will be the turn of Ede on Tuesday, May 1. Ikire will host the team on Thursday, May 3.

Iwo will host on Friday May 4 while the finale will be in Osogbo on Monday May 7, 2018.

The governor is expected to review events of the last seven and half years and what progress has been made.


Osun 2018: Dancing Senator Ademola Adeleke Writes PDP, Declares Intent

The senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, senator Ademola Adeleke has written the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP of his intention to contest under the platform for the September 22 governorship elections in the state.

Adeleke who has been seen as the “dancing senator” submitted his letter of intent at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja dated Monday, 16th April, 2018, resting all speculations about his intention.

Adeleke won the July 7, 2017 bye-election conducted after the death of his elder brother, late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke who was also rumoured to be nursing governorship ambition until his death in April last year.

See the full letter below:


CVR: Group Urges Eligible Osun Residents To Participate 

By Nofisat Marindoti

A Socio-political Organization, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation (AGF), State of  Osun chapter, has urged eligible voters in the state to participate effectively in the ongoing continuous voter registration to avoid disenfranchisement during the  September 22 Osun governorship election and the 2019 general elections.

The group gave the charge on Friday in a press statement jointly signed by its coordinator, Comrade Sikiru Tijani and Secretary, Comrade Yahaya Adeniji and made available to newsmen in Osogbo.

The group urged residents from 18 years of age, who have not obtained their PVCs to take advantage of the on-going voters’ registration exercise to register at the INEC designated centre nearest to them.

While emphasizing the need for the residents to take the advantage of the one day public holiday declared by the state government so as to earn them the ample opportunity to participate, the group hinted that the only weapon the electorate can use to selecte their preferred candidate during elections was their  voter cards.

“We want to appeal to residents of the state of Osun on the need to take the advantage of the one day work free day declared by our amiable governor to troop out to the designated INEC office nearest to them to get registered”.

“We are determined to ensure that all eligible voters in Osun, who have not registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the on-going voters’ registration exercise do so and collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).

“The essence of the public holiday as we all know  is to provide ample opportunity for eligible voters to participate in the exercise by registering with  INEC and as well collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) for them to be able to perform their civic responsibility when election comes.

“Voter Registration and collection of permanent Voters card (PVC) are important and strategic to electoral process and has capability of strengthening democratic governance”.

“We are appealing to the people to go out and register in the remaining days, while those who have lost or defaced their cards can register afresh but should guard against registering twice as each person is only allowed to register once. ” the group added.

It would be recalled that the state government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola had earlier declared Monday April 16, a work free day for the formal and informal workers of the state in order to give them the  ample opportunity to participate in the registration exercise.

The Continuous Voter Registration had started on Wednesday, April 11 and will end on Monday, April 16.

Akinbade: Brings Experience To The Race

Fatai Akinade Akinbade, born on 2nd April, 1955 is a certified Civil Engineer, a politician, a businessman, and a Prince of Agbowu from Ogbaagbaa in Ola-Oluwa Local Government Area of Osun State.

He attended St. James’ Anglican School, Ogbaagbaa between 1964 and 1969 and Catholic Commercial Secondary Modern School, Iwo between 1970 and 1973 and later Catholic Technical College, Ile-Ife between 1975 and 1978.

At Catholic Technical College, Ile-Ife he studied Bricklaying and Concreting. It was in this college that his talent began to manifest as the school provided the young Fatai, the opportunity to put into practice, what he learnt in the classrooms. He was always in his “khaki” due to his active involvement in several building projects. Despite being a field man, he led his class throughout his school days in different academic engagements. Fatai passed all his final papers in distinction.

On completion of his course at the Technical College, he went to Kaduna State for employment. It is instructive to note that he used to be in Kaduna for vacation jobs during his school days at the Technical College and was always employed as a professional bricklayer. It was with ease, therefore, that he got employed as a full-fledged Supervisor by the then BenFobil Construction WA Limited, Kaduna. The company deployed him to Jos where he supervised the completion of the Plateau State Police Headquarters. He handled another major construction work at the Nigerian Institute of Trypanosomiasis Research Centre in Vom, near Jos.

He later left the company to become a student of The Polytechnic Ibadan where he first had his OND in Civil Engineering. On completion of this course, he joined Adold Engineering and Construction Limited, Lagos, and later EFEL, Nigeria Limited, also in Lagos. It was while working with this company that he returned to The Polytechnic, Ibadan for his HND programme which he completed in 1989.

While Fatai was doing all this, his interest in party politics was equally flaring. As such, he was at different times, in the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN), National Republican Convention (NRC) and the Democratic Republic of Nigeria (DPN). Fatai is a well-pronounced grassroots politician.

In 1994, he was appointed Osun State Commissioner for Works, Transport, Lands and Physical Planning by Navy Captain Anthony Udofia (rtd). When Colonel Anthony Obi (rtd) took over from Udofia in 1996, Fatai was the only Commissioner retained. Similarly, by the time Obi left office in 1998, which saw the emergence of Colonel Theophilus Bamgboye (rtd), the Ogbaagbaa born Prince was again retained as a Commissioner in the state.

Akinbade held the position till he quitted in 1998 to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he rose to later become its State Chairman. Even as a Commissioner, Fatai still craved to have more knowledge, which saw him proceeding for his Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), between 1996 and 1998. He later became the Secretary to the Osun State Government for seven years.

This forthright, accessible, humane, cosmopolitan and unassuming politician was once a board member of Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Delta State. He was the Politician of the Year 2003 Award Winner of the OSBC Chapel of NUJ and the NTA Ile-Ife Merit Award 2004. In the same year 2004, he was enrolled into the prestigious Hall of Fame of Osun State Council of NUJ  and honoured by the Ifetedo Klob 1984 with the Award of Excellence in Leadership (2004) and was given Award of Excellence by the Osun State Council of Ansar-ul-Deen Society of Nigeria (2018).

Akinabde’s first attempt in the governorship contest was during the Sani Abacha Era when he prepared to run on the platform of the then Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN), but for the botched process. He also attempted in 1999 and 2011 after which he joined the Labour Party where he ran for the governorship seat in 2014.

Fatai is now back in the PDP and prepared to slug it out with other aspirants of the PDP and above all at the September 22, 2018 governorship poll.

As a traditional chieftaincy title holder, Fatai is the Bada of Okuku; Mayegun of Ikire-Ile, Bashorun Asoludero of Iba, Olu-Omo of Iwoland and Omolojuoba of the Source.

He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Association of Technology Engineers, Osogbo Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture; Nigerian Institute of Building among others. Aside from having vested interest in AKFAT (Nig) and Agbowu Commercial Ventures, he also has interest in some other business ventures, such as the Hospitality, transportation and real estate, among others.

Aregbesola Has Done Well, It Would Be Hard For PDP To Take Over From Him – Babatope

By Sodiq Yusuf

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope has lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s achievements in the State of Osun saying it will be hard for the PDP to take over from him in November, 2018.

Babatope stated this on Thursday while featuring on a programme on Rave 91.7fm in Osogbo.

He said the Governor has done well so far; a development that might make it tough for the PDP in Osun to reclaim the state from the APC.

His words “Aregbesola has done well. In everything he has done, he has done it well. It will be very hard for the PDP to take-over from him.”

“As far as am I concerned, Rauf Aregbesola is a performer. The young man has done very well. Anything he touches, he does well. Aregbesola plans well. Go round the state, Osogbo and all other places, kudos to him.  Even if I am opposed to the APC and what Buhari’s federal government has done, I can never discredit Aregbesola and his government, he has done well.”

On the current crisis in Osun PDP, Chief Babatope who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the nation’s opposition party is of the opinion that the party will be reconciled to give other parties a good fight at the polls.

Abandoned PVCs’

With 169 days to go to the governorship election in the State of Osun, it is profoundly alarming that there are a total of 413, 009 abandoned or uncollected PVC’s. As the accompanying chart shows, the figure reflects the trend throughout the Southwest. This is equally puzzling because of the level of political awareness in the region.

One of the stated points is the amount of tertiary institutions in the region, with students migrating after the completion of their studies. This cannot however be the major or the only factor. The painful reality is that the level of political mobilisation and awareness is very low.

We must therefore call upon the state government, political parties and Civil Societies to use all available medium to intensify awareness, in order for people to collect their PVC’s and for those who have not registered to do so. Voting like the obligation to pay tax is an indispensible part of the social contract which is the template of a democracy.

EDITORIAL: The Race, The Runners And The Programmes


Osun Defender will continue to run the profiles of the people perceived to be in the running to succeed Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the governor of the State of Osun. This is being done as a public service. None of them has formally declared their intention to run, nevertheless, there is a widely held perception that they are in the race.

With events rapidly unfolding, the critical issue is what to expect? Aregbesola has shown that adequate preparation is vital. His thoroughly articulated Six-point Integral Action Plan provided the roadmap for what has been generally acknowledged as a stellar performance in office. It cannot but be a source of unease that as of now, we are not seeing a similar well constructed programme of social and economic reconstruction and rejuvenation to take the diligent application of the Aregbesola years to the next level. This is disturbing.

For kudos must be given to Ogbeni Aregbesola for decisively altering the territory of the debate as well as the perception of the efficacy of government intervention programmes. This is reflected in the fact that it will be political suicide to now go against Aregbesola’s social intervention programmes.

There will of course be issues as to the dotting of I’s and crossings of T’s, nevertheless, no one is openly going to come out and commit to the wholesale dismantling of the free school meals programme and so forth.

The fiscal landscape of Nigeria will continue to be difficult in the foreseeable future. This is understandable for we are in a period of transition from an ancient regime which virtually bankrupted the nation. In addition, our defective quasi-federalism will continue to act as a brake on the nation’s federating units. What this means is that anyone taking over at the state level must, to quote the motto of the Boys Scouts – “Be prepared”.

We therefore urge the aspirants to provide clearly-articulated, rigorously costed programmes for the public to peruse. On our part, we believe, indeed we insist that a continuation of the programmes of the Aregbesola administration is in the best interest of the state of Osun. The state having made so much sacrifices cannot afford to go back to a dismal past of underachievement. The Aregbesola template must be built upon. We will be delighted to publish any well costed programme presented to us by any aspirant of whatever political colouration.

{MAGAZINE} Osun 2018: 176 Days To Go! How Governorship Election May Shape Up


Below, OSUN DEFENDER’s Data Analyst, Damilola Ojenike looks at the state of play and configuration of voting data in recent elections in order to work out the permutations as we approach the political parties’ primaries slated for July.

The accompanying chart shows the 2014 governorship election results by senatorial districts.

Judging from this, it shows that the APC leads comfortably in two out of the three senatorial districts with a good margin. The two districts are the Osun West and Osun Central. The factors responsible for this, according to findings, include the popularity of the party among the teeming populace in the stated districts, their affinity for progressive tenets since the birth of politicking in the South-West region and the popularity of the candidate in the election.

It is also pertinent to mention the religious bias of the electorates, prior to the 2007 governorship election, the then Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and his deputy were both Christians and the clamour for a Muslim ticket was a dominant request before the poll. Another variable which the electorates did not bother about is the senatorial district where the candidate in the election originated from.

The 2014 election was also determined by the antecedents of the incumbent as well as the expectations of the electorates if the same party is given the chance to continue to steer the ship of leadership in the state. Performance in the first term is a yardstick that compelled the electorates to stick out their necks for continuity even in the face of intimidation from the then PDP-led Federal Government.

The third senatorial district is almost equally shared with the APC winning by a slim majority. It won the base of the APC candidate, while the PDP candidate also won in his homestead.  The marginal difference between the two leading parties is less than 1%, considering that the APC won in 6 out of the 10 local governments in the district. This projection goes well for a definitive competition than the other senatorial districts.

In conclusion, the past is gone, the present is here and the future is just what we can predict with our present work. The past is not a sure determinant for the future but gives an added ground and points in a direction. The APC won the last election and won it well by winning in all the senatorial elections. How else can you win well. 3/3 – excellent. But like I would say, Statistics are like mini-skirts, they do not reveal everything, instead are used for projections and predictions for the future after giving us a hint into what is likely to happen. Moreover the variables are not the same and the quality of candidates that both parties would present and how acceptable such candidates would be for the electorates.

Besides, there is a likely to be a change in the attitude of the electorates towards the parties, as well as their candidates.


The Race & The Runners: Prince (Dr) Ayoade Adewopo On The Starting Block For The PDP


Prince (Dr) Ayoade Adewopo, is a renowned Global Trade and Corporate Governance Counsel, President of Johnson Adedoja Adewopo Foundation and Convener of Ayombo Revolution Movement for the 2018 Osun governorship election. He is one of the governorship aspirants under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He hails from Ile-Ife, in Osun East Senatorial District of the state.

Ayoade Adewopo is a legal practitioner. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Jurispudence from the Indiana University, Indiana, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Tax Law from Robert Kennedy College (University of Wales), Zurich-Switzerland and a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration and Management from The Polytechnic Ibadan, Nigeria.

Born on the 20th December, 1972 to Prince Johnson Adedoja Adewopo, a scion of the popular Ogboru Royal Family of Ile-Ife and Princess Dorcas Adewopo (Nee Laoye) a retired teacher and the first daughter of the Late Timi of Ede, HRH Oba John Adetoyese Laoye.

Prince Adewopo is a licensed law practitioner in the USA and also a Solicitor in England & Wales. Prince Adewopo also has the right to practice law in the European Union and Canada.  He currently works as a specialist on Corporate Governance, Global Trade Financing and Anti-Money Laundering matters in Nigeria.

Previously, Prince Adewopo worked with The Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission, as an Associate with the law firm of Ice Miller LLP, as the Senior Global Operations Counsel for The Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) and as the Vice President & Assistant General Counsel (Americas) for Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE: IR).

Between 2004 and 2006, Prince Adewopo served as Secretary, Vice President and President of the Marion County Bar Association (Indianapolis, Indiana). During the same period, he was also appointed as a Member of the Marion County Public Defender Board of Directors. He is a frequent speaker on Corporate Governance issues, Anti Money Laundering, Global Sourcing, International Trade and Global Investments.

Ayoade Adewopo served as a campaign leader for the Obama 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns. He has also served as a special advisor and counsel to several foreign government entities and several multi-national corporations on diverse transactions, including commodity hedging, mergers, acquisitions, global or cross-border joint ventures, trade financing,  global security issues, global trade ethics and compliance policies.

A philanthropist of note, Prince Adewopo claimed to have impacted the lives of Osun indigenes greatly through the Johnson Adedoja Adewopo Foundation (JAAF), a foundation that is currently catering for the needs of indigenes in various areas, including higher education scholarships, human capital and infrastructural development projects.

Prince Ayoade Adewopo is the recipient of the prestigious Great Ife Students’ Union Leadership in Excellence Award, 2017. The last recipient of this award was Chief Gani Fawehinmi in 1988. Prince Adewopo stands out among his contemporaries. He demonstrates keen and transparent interest in the poor and down trodden.

Ayoade Adewopo is happily married with children.

With his political slogan, Ayombo o!!! Adewopo has begun consultation and mobilization of stakeholders for the actualization of his governorship ambition, regardless of the crisis within the PDP and agitation for zoning.

POLITICS: Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola (APC)

With 176 days to go into the election on September 22nd, the preliminaries and the heats for the main race has surreptitiously started. Starting from this week, we will be doing ongoing reviews of the purported contestants, even though none of them has formally declared.

Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola (APC)

He has not told anyone he is in the race, nevertheless, the name of the Chief of Staff of the State of Osun is a recurring decimal. Perhaps it’s because he has a technocratic ring (as in the case of Fashola and Ambode). So, the temptation is irresistible. The toga of continuity resonates around the personality of the Suave and urbane, Iragbiji born technocrat. In his favour, he doesn’t come with the sort of baggage with which a professional rabble-rousing politician is associated.

Adegboyega Oyetola, is the Chief of Staff to the Governor, State of Osun. A man of many parts with vast experience in politics, business and public administration; he is a man of deep conviction and a religious devout who has progressed in his endeavours by the grace of God, dint of hard work and uncompromising stand on integrity.

He has been described by Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a major pillar behind his administration for his cool and calm demeanour and the wisdom with which he has handled staff relations and other sensitive matters of the state.

He was born on September 29, 1954, in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of Osun. He attended Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo for his secondary school education which he completed in 1972. He proceeded to the prestigious University of Lagos where he bagged a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Insurance in 1978. He capped his illustrious education pedigree with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1990 at the same University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.

He had his mandatory one year National Youth Service between 1978 and 1979, at Potiskum, the capital city of present day Yobe State, where he lectured at the Staff Training Centre.

In 1980, he joined Leadway Assurance Company Limited as Area Manager, and worked there till 1987. He took another step by taking his expertise to Crusader Insurance Company Limited as Underwriting Manager between 1987 and 1990. He moved again in 1990 to Alliance and General Insurance as Technical Controller and served in that capacity until 1991.

However, he took a giant step in 1991 by establishing his own Company, Silvertrust Insurance Brokers Limited. He was the Managing Director since its founding until his appointment as Chief of Staff in 2011.

His other forays in business include Executive Vice-Chairman, Paragon Group of Companies which has interest in Oil and Gas, Mining and Real Estate since 2005 until 2011. He was also Chairman of Ebony Properties Limited. He had been a Director of Pyramid Securities Limited, until 2011, among other business interests, before his appointment as Chief of Staff.

Adegboyega Oyetola is a pronounced Technocrat as well as a progressive politician. He was a founding member of Alliance for Democracy (AD) and has been a chieftain of the party through its metamorphosis to Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now All Progressives Congress (APC). He has assisted the party nationally, particularly in the State of Osun. He is an effective grassroots mobiliser.

For his public service and philanthropic acts, he has received an array of honours and awards. These include:

  1. Distinguished Merit Award by his alma mater, Ifeoluwa Grammar School, Osogbo, February 2014;
  2. The Guardian Award for Exceptional Chief of Staff in the Federation 2017;
  3. Distinguished Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, August 2015;
  4. Leadership Award for Outstanding Performance by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Osogbo Branch, March 2016;
  5. Award of Excellence by Osun State University, College of Law, Ifetedo, January 2016;
  6. Award of Excellence as ICON of Good Governance by Network of Non-Governmental Organisation (NETNOS) State of Osun Branch. November, 2017;
  7. Award for Exemplary and Exceptional Support and Fellow of Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, January 2017;
  8. Grand Patron of the Local Government Chapel of Osun State NUJ, November 2016;
  9. Leadership Award by International Association of Lions Club, District 404B2, Nigeria, February 2016;
  10. NAOSS-NHQ Award of Excellence in Administration and Good Governance, May 2016;
  11. Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Rotary Club of Osogbo, Rotary International, July 2016;
  12. Meritorious Award by NAOSS, Obafemi Awolowo University Chapter, February 2017;
  13. African Students Union Parliament (ASUP), Pan-African Distinguished Leadership Honour as Icon of Nation Building in Nigeria 2018.

Mr. Oyetola is an Associate Member, Chattered Insurance Institute in London and Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).

Oyetola is a Socialite, Philanthropist and a lover and promoter of Arts. He is a member of the prestigious Ikoyi Club. He is married with children.

A group known as Ileri-Oluwa has started massive political mobilisation for him, even though he is yet to officially declare his governorship ambition.

Osun 2018: Our Candidate Would Emerge Through Due Process – APC

The Osun Chapter of the the All Progressives Congress has urged members of the public especially party members to discountenance speculations and rumours that it will impose an aspirant on all governorship aspirants for September’s election.

The state party chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun in a statement said no aspirant or the other is either going to be imposed or has been particularly favoured to be the candidate of the party for the next governorship election in the state.

According to Famodun, Nothing of the sort has happened or is contemplated.

The statement said “Currently, party leaders and elders are engaging in a rigourous process of consultation about how to identify the appropriate aspirant, capable of representing the party, preserving its heritage and continuing with the development agenda and programmes of the party.”

“That candidate will eventually emerge through the constitutional process that the party has agreed to.”

“The public is hereby reassured that only the best will be presented as a candidate of the party.”