Osun 2018: 11 Aspirants To Jostle For PDP’s Ticket

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) screening committee for Osun state governorship election on Wednesday, June 27, cleared all the 11 aspirants contesting to be the party’s flag bearer in the September 22 governorship election in the state.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the chairman of the screening committee, Austin Opara, at the presentation of Screening Certificates to the aspirants at Wadata Plaza in Abuja, said all the aspirants were successful.

The aspirants are Senator Akanbi Abdulrasheed, Oyewumi Olalere, Nathaniel Oke, Senator Ogunwale Felix and Alhaji Fatai Akinbade.

Others are Ezekiel Adeniji, Akin Ogunbiyi, Ayoade Adewepo, Rafiu Bello, Senator Nurudeen Adeleke and Adeolu Durotoye. Opara commended the aspirants and urged them to work as a team for PDP’s success in the election.

The deputy national secretary of the party, Emmanuel Agboh, addressing the aspirants, advised them to engage meaningful discussion on possibility of having consensus candidate for the election.

Oyebamiji Steals Show At Osun High School Commissioning

The last entrant into the Osun governorship race under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bola Oyebamiji stole the show at the commissioning of Ayedaade High School, Ikire on Tuesday, as thousands of party members stormed the venue of the ceremony shouting his name.

It would be recalled that community leaders in Irewole and Isokan local government areas only last week obtained governorship intention form for Oyebamiji, the state Commissioner for Finance, a development which has since changed political permutations and calculations.

All efforts by newsmen to get the view of Oyebamiji regarding the declaration by the people of Irewole and Isokan that he has been anointed by the people of the area to vie for APC governorship ticket proved futile, as the crowd milling around him impeded his movement.

However, several APC members that commented on the resolution by Oyebamiji’s kinsmen to drag him into the race, said the decision was reached after weeks of meetings by major stakeholders in the affairs of the communities.

One of them, Alhaji Tejumade Olagunju, said Oyebamiji has proven to be reliable and truthful over the years, hence the decision to support his governorship aspiration.

“We know him and trust him. West agenda is real and we can’t give the rest of Osun no less a quality individual after what we have seen Aregbesola done in the last 8 years. We have looked round and found Bola Oyebamiji to be the best”, he concluded.

Another leader from the zone, Alhaji Ganiyu Oyeladun said people in the communities believe so much in Oyebamiji and they have vowed to support him to clinch the governorship seat come September 22.

Oyeladun who said Oyebanji had never thought of contesting the poll added that he was only persuaded to contest due to his pedigree and track records.

“He is so humble, passionate about the welfare of the people regardless of religious or political affiliations, and this is a lesson we should all learn that whatever we are doing people are watching us”, Oyeladun concluded.

Echoing a similar view, Mr Ajibade Sarafadeen, who hails from Isokan Local Government area, Apomu, maintained that the people of the area are backing Oyebamiji and are putting everything into it to support him to victory.

Sarafadeen who enjoined the rest of Osun to support Oyebanji, said he is the only one that perfectly fit into the shoe that would be left behind by the incumbent governor.

“He is a technocrat, a honest man. For the whole community to have done this for him, it means he is loved by all.

“We believe so much in Bola Oyebanji, he has been tested to be competent, he has no political blemish. He is honest, loyal and very passionate about the welfare of the people regardless of where you come from,” Sarafadeen concluded.

I Am Deeply Rooted In Osun – Bola Oyebamiji

 

The State of Osun Commissioner for Finance and one of the leading governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress in the September 22, 2018 election, Mr Bola Oyebamiji has reiterated his commitment to the welfare of people in the State.

In a statement from his Campaign Directorate and obtained by our correspondent in Osogbo, Oyebamiji debunked the rumours that he is a foreigner in the State, describing the elements behind it as political jobbers.

The rumours had it that the Commissioner has lost his links and connection with the State due to his long stay in Lagos State.

Oyebamiji however, noted that he runs a thriving farm (White Green Farms) in his hometown, Ikire and has been on ground and available in the State in the last 20 years.

According to him, “I own farms in Onireke, Funmilayo, Agboora and Oosa villages in Ikire, my hometown and have always been on ground. These rumours are part of propaganda to mar my governorship ambition by political jobbers and they are fighting a lost battle. If they are in doubt, they are surely in for a shocker”

“I am a bonifide son of the soil and have contributed immensely to its development in terms of human and socio-economic well-being of my people. Osun is my primary constituency and I am a proud Omoluabi of Osun.”

“For instance, if the rumours are to be believed at all, how come my traditional rulers and their subjects contributed their widow’s mite and visited the party secretariat en masse to obtain a nomination form to actualize my governorship aspiration.”

I Will Transform Agriculture to Develop Osun – Rep

 

Chairman, Federal House of Representatives Committee on Debt Management, Hon Adeyinka Ajayi has assured the people of Osun State to transform agriculture to build a solid revenue base for the economic and social development of the state if elected governor in the forthcoming September 22 election.

Ajayi who is representing Ifelodun /Boripe/ Odo-Otin Federal Constituency while declaring his intention to contest for the governorship seat at the state secretariat of All Progressive Congress, (APC) in Osogbo, the state capital promised to consolidate on the giant strides recorded by Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the last Seven and half years.

The lawmaker, a second timer in the house of representatives appealed to the leadership and members of APC to support his ambition to ensure continuity of good governance in the state. APC will bring about transformation to the state.

According to him, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has build a solid foundation for the development of the state which require a determined and cerebral leader as a successor to sustain the people oriented programmes instituted by the governor.

He rolled out three key electoral promises tagged APC which includes Agricultural development, Public servant welfear and Continuity of Aregebsola’s social investment programmes and infrastructures enhancement.

He said ” I can assure you that with the level of work the incumbent has done in the state with massive infrastructural development in urban and rural areas ,concentrating efforts on agriculture will help boost the economy of the state as well as making the state dependent financially without fully relying on federation account.

“This won’t be difficult to do since Osun is an agrarian state, under our leadership, the welfare of public servants would be given attention. They are a major component of any government and if we are to achieve anything tangible I believe giving them priority will propel them to give their all in the transformation of the state.

” As for the C you will all agree with me that the incumbent has laboured so hard to lay an indelible foundation. It’s only an aspirant who has nothing to offer that would want to waste their time coming with his own programs. We would sustain the legacy built in all aspects of the economy and we will prosecute it in a manner that will bring prosperity to the people if elected ”

He also promised to focus more on youth development through empowerment and be entrepreneurship to increase productivity and expand the state economy

Welcoming the aspirant at the party Secretariat, the state party chairman, Gboyega Famodun described the aspirant as one of the representative at the federal level who has been portraying the state in good light.

He noted that Adeyinka remains one of the future assets of the party as he would always be found doing things that would bring progress to the party while assuring him of a level playing ground in the forthcoming primary election.

Osun 2018: Oyebamiji Support Group Denounces Support For Oyetola, Says Ambition On Course

The Commissioner for Finance in the State of Osun, Mr Bola Oyebamiji has not sacrified his governorship ambition for the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.
In a statement titled “SEPTEMBER 22, WE REMAIN RESOLUTE” released on Saturday, Team Support Bola Oyebamiji (TBS) urged members of the public to discountenance an incoherent text “MY CONVICTIONS ARE WITH GBOYEGA OYETOLA” purportedly written by the commissioner saying there is no iota of truth in it.
According to his supporters, Oyebamiji is ready to vie and contest the upcoming governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with his programmes and policies fully ready to continue with the Progressive style of governance of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The group however urged the supporters of the Governorship aspirant to continue canvassing votes for the Ikire-born technocrat and finance guru.
Read the Full Statement Below: 
SEPTEMBER 22, WE REMAIN RESOLUTE!
We read with utter amazement an incoherent text tit led “MY CONVICTIONS ARE WITH GBOYEGA OYETOLA” purportedly written by Hon. Bola Oyebamiji, the Hon. Commissioner for Finance, State of Osun disclaiming his resolve to contest the forthcoming governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC); We write to state categorically that the misleading text is false and only exist in the fantasy land of the writer.
The aspiration of Hon. Bola Oyebamiji is alive and will not be sacrificed on the altar of any falsehood regardless of the source. The Hon. Commissioner for Finance is an appointee of Mr Governor and by extension is loyal to the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola. Unknown to the writer, Mr Oyebamiji holds Alhaji Gboyega in high esteem and would not have reiterated his support for his aspiration in such a disjointed piece.
We therefore appeal to friends, well-wishers and teaming supporters of Mr Bola Oyebamiji to disregard the write-up but rather keep propagating the political gospel that Mr Oyebamiji represents.
 In the meantime, Mr Bola Oyebamiji has directed all support groups to continue their activities aimed at actualising his aspiration regardless of the antics of mere distracters. He is at the moment preparing to address a press conference where all doubts would be cleared.
We thank you for your prayers and support at times.
Signed: Team Support Bola Oyebamiji (TSB)

We‘ll Guarantee A Credible Process – Osun APC

By Mariam Bello

The All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun has again reiterated its promise to ensure a level playing ground for all its governorship aspirants and a credible process that will produce the best candidate for the party and the state.

The APC has hosted some of the 27 aspirants that registered with it as at Sun, June 10, 2018.

However, as their robust flag off campaign continues at the Party’s secretariat in Osogbo, the APC enjoined the aspirants to continue to pursue their ambitions in the friendly and carnival-like atmosphere that has shaped campaign in the state.

In a statement from the Party’s Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, signed by its Director, Kunle Oyatomi and made available to the media in Osogbo, the APC called for the sustained unity of purpose and great sportsmanship from the aspirants, in the build up to July 7th, when the primary would hold.

According to the APC, “the people of Osun have great expectations from the party to perform as excellently at the primary as it had done in governance during the last memorable seven and half years in the history of the state”.

The party admonished the aspirants to show themselves as ‘worthy ambassadors’ of the APC “who the masses of our people can look up to and trust to give their best in service to the state”.

Reacting to the rumoured fears that the outcome of the primary might have been ‘precast’, the APC urged party members and aspirants to ignore such rumours as they are baseless and figment of the imagination of the opposition who are desperate for power in order to loot the state again as they did between 2003 and 2010.’.

The APC reminded the aspirants that “they are respectable members of the ruling party from whom a lot is expected in both their action and reaction, before, during and after the primary.

“There will be only one victor in the primary, the party said,  adding that “the game is not one in which the winner takes all; so, if you are not the victor in that exercise, there are abundant possibilities left to compensate everybody.

“As the saying goes, united we stand, but divided we fall. The primary must not divide us. Whatever its outcome, we must unite to win in September, not only in our own best interest, but also in the interest of the state and the good people of Osun”, the APC concluded.

 

Osun West Is Determined To Have The Governorship Shot – Babalola

 

By Solomon Odeniyi

A leading aspirant contesting the governorship seat in Osun under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Elder Peter Babalola has said the aggressive agitation witnessed in the build up to the forthcoming September 22 election in the state from the west senatorial district is an indication that everyone from the area has woken from their deep slumber.

He added that politicians from the west senatorial district have all gone back to the drawing board to sensitize and mobilise the people not only to participate in the concluded continuous Voters exercise but to also collect their Permanent voters Card.

He spoke during a chat with the medium in his resident.

He said, “If you do your study very well you will discover the collection rate of PVC is high in the west, and a large per cent of the new eligible voters are from the west. Also, Politicians from the west senatorial district have gone back to the drawing board sensitizing people to go and mobilize not only to register but collect their PVC they are doing this because of their expectation.

“Everyone from the zone including the politicians from the west has woken from their deep slumber. The central has had their share, they ruled for 11 years. The east held sway for eight years and the west has none. Except you want to count the 22 months of Adeleke which cannot be compared to the number of years spent by the other zones.

“Even heaven knows west should present the next governor. If you call it zoning fine, if you say it’s from the mind or fair share, whatever is fair is fair. This is responsible for the massive registration in the west and the entire state”.

Peter-Action as popularly called maintained that alienation of a fragment of a society from the whole will over time breed conflict as the affected part would feel they are alienated and not part of the existing society.

Alluding to Ogun state which has zoned to the west and Oyo to the east their next governors, he said this was done in fairness to every zone in the aforementioned states, describing it as a tactical approach to carry everyone along in the state and must not be found guilty of this.

He stressed that there is zoning in the country’s constitution as well as that of the party which according to him must follow a process in form of an unwritten convention.

The aspirant who lauded the incumbent governor for the development witnessed in the state so far despite the paucity of funds, noted that, “He has no manifesto other than to build on the legacy set by Ogbeni Aregbesola which encompasses every aspect of the economy, adding that what Ogbeni has started, if successive administrations continue to build on, will act as a catalyst for the transformation of the state beyond recognition in the years to come”.

He said the exercise he has acquired over the years as someone who has served under military and civilian administrations are weighty, saying he is perfectly fits into Aregbesola’s shoes in order to achieve the much needed objective of continuity.

Don’t Vote For Greedy Politicians – Osun Speaker

 

By Israel Afolabi

Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam has tasked electorates to vote only politicians who have the interest of the masses at heart instead of greedy and self-serving ones.

He said, the electorates should votes those who have conquered their greed, saying it was acquisitive tendency that compels political office holders to indulge in corruption and outright stealing of collective resources of the people; asking people to ask questions about politicians seeking public office.

Addressing All Progressives Congress leaders and faithful at a consultation tour in Osu, Atakunmosa West Local Government and Iperindo, Atakunmosa East local government respectively, Dr. Salaam said the public office should be regarded as public trust that must be held for the good of the people, not to service narrow interest of some individuals.

He debunked the rumour milling the round that he had collected money from the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with the aim of getting him to step down for an aspirant linking to him; insisting that he was never asked to shelve his ambition for anyone, let alone collecting money from any source.

Dr. Salaam asserted that his governorship mission is to drive the economy of Osun with technology driven agriculture that would engage thousands of youths, as well as wean the state from total dependence on crude oil scooped from another region of the country.

He admitted that Osun has been financially challenged, a situation that made the government to deploy all available financial instruments to provide infrastructure; stressing that contending with modulated salaries is regretted; saying the only way to redress the situation is to embark on mechanized farming of comparative advantage and reorganization of informal sector of economy.

“Osun state has vast agricultural resources, it promises to fetch a big investment for the state and its potentials and potentialities for job creation and meaningful engagement of the youths is a task that must be done. Besides, technology would be deployed to harness agricultural resources and with a timeline, the state would be rolled back to prosperity,” Salaam reiterated.

He further stressed that agricultural revolution can only be achieved in an environment where all-inclusive governance is established, promising to run his government based on information that would be supplied by  contact committee that would be regularly interacting with all communities in the state for the institution of bottom-up budget approach.

Oriolowo, BOA Denies Endorsing Governorship Aspirants From Osun West

 

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Governorship aspirants from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) have denied the claim of the party Elders’ forum (Agba Osun)  that the governorship aspirants from Osun West Senatorial District have agreed to narrow down the contest by presenting three out of 20 aspirants from the district.

The Elders forum had on Tuesday claimed that the aspirants have agreed to pick Elder Peter Babalola from Irewole/Ayedade Isokan, Hon Najeeem Salaam from Ede Federal Constituency and Alhaji Moshood Adeoti from Iwo federal constituency

One of the leading aspirants from the district, Enginer Adelere Oriolowo while speaking to OSUN DEFENDER described the information as false and not the true representation of what transpired at the meeting held at the residence of the Chairman of the APC Elders Forum, Chief Shola Akinwumi in Ilobu.

According to him, the aspirants were only advised by the Elders to work out a strategy to reduce the number of aspirants and unite the district in the struggle to secure the party ticket.

He said “That can never be true, I can tell you categorically that we never made such agreement with anyone, it is better imagine, they don’t have such power and I believe they cannot do that, the only agreement we have is agitation for zoning, I am not stepping down for anybody”.

Also, Mr Benedict Olugboyega Alabi (BOA) also denied endorsing any candidate at the federal constituency level but confirmed that the elders suggested that the aspirants should meet and agree on a consensus, saying the elders were not given any mandate to pick for them at any point.

He explained that “Three days ago, we held a meeting in Ilobu and all the aspirants from the district attended the meeting convened by the party elders (Agba Osun)

“What Agba Osun told us was to go and present one candidate from each of the federal constituencies and up till this time that I am talking to you, no meeting has been held regarding that, it is a lie, the reality is that some of us are serious about this aspiration and it seems no one is ready to give up before primary

“It is false that they have picked any one, for instance, in Irewole /Isokan/ Ayedade federal constituency, we have about seven aspirants and we have not sat to discuss it, if anyone is telling you that we have picked Elder Peter Babalola it is a lie, the elders have no power to pick any candidate, the only consensus is that the governorship ticket should be zone to Osun West senatorial district” he said.

 

Osun 2018: New Twist Emerges In PDP

 

  • Adeleke, Ogunbiyi Tagged ‘Foreigners’
  • ’Locals’ Join Forces

By Solomon Odeniyi

There is a new twist to the contest for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket ahead of the September 22 governorship election in the State of Osun, as the chances of Senator Ademola Adeleke and that of an Insurance Magnate, Akin Ogunbiyi were reported to be getting slimmer inspite their financial muscles.

Of recent, political spectators have zeroed down the contest to those with financial capacity, particularly Adeleke and Ogunbiyi, but the new development is relegating the duo to the background, as party members, particularly delegates have tagged them foreigners.

However a member of the PDP team who recently toured the nine federal constituencies to feel the pulse of party members said from all indications, members, particularly delegates have made up their minds to collect money from any of the aspirants, but vote for a perceived local person during the primary.

Some party delegates who spoke with this medium averred that the activities of the two aspirants have shown that they were too desperate to get the party’s ticket, hence when they eventually win the governorship election; there is likelihood that they would not be accessible to local people.

One of the delegate said: “Adeleke has never been part of us, not until when his brother died and he was asked to come and replace him in the senate and since then, he has not been making himself available not until when the governorship contest came.

“So, there is premonition that when he wins the election, the local people here will be sidelined and we are afraid that what Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is doing now by bringing in foreigners might repeat itself.

“On the Ogunbiyi’s side, we don’t even know him at all; he just came from nowhere and started spending money to get the party’s ticket. Someone we do not know and he too doesn’t know people, how will he be accessible.

“The rumour recently milling the round that Ogunbiyi is a protégé of Bola Tinubu has strengthen the fear that this man is not for us, but for the other side and that has been creating confusion within the party”, the source said.

Another delegate noted that this is the time for the party members, particularly delegates and party leaders to enrich themselves from the largesse of the aspirants and they would do so, but support a local person who will be known and accessible to members of the party when the party takes over the governance of the state.

Meanwhile, about three frontline aspirants from the West Senatorial zone in the party, including a former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade; former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Adejare Bello and former ALGON Chairman, Akogun Lere Oyewumi who considered themselves financially inferior were reported to have started planning to join forces with a view to tackling their perceived ‘foreign base’ politicians.

The plan, according to a source was that, if any of the aspirants is presented as the party’s candidate and eventually wins the election, it would be better for them and their followers, having been together locally for a long time rather than picking someone who has never been part of the system.

However, one factor that has been working against one of the aspirants in the force, Akinbade, the source said was his defection from the PDP and political sojourn in Labour Party for some times before his return, saying all of the aspirants have been building on the loopholes they might found to campaign against one another.

Governorship Ticket: Osun West To Be Or Not?

By Shina Abubakar

As the struggle for the Successor of Governor Rauf Aregbesola thickens, it seems that the agitation to cede the ticket to Osun West Senatorial zone is becoming a factor to decide which party may likely win the state governorship election in the September 22 poll.

Investigation revealed that political parties in the state are waiting on one another to commit political blunder and strike where it hurts the most.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the PDP had already ceded its ticket to the zone but decided to keep its decision secret within the elders’ caucus to retain the interest of aspirants who are not from the zone as a strategy for political awareness in their respective zones.

However, some of the aspirants from outside the zone have either withdrawn from the race or decelerated political activities for the party’s ticket. For instance, the party’s aspirant from Ile-Ife, Dr. Albert Adeogun made a public statement announcing his withdrawal for a candidate from the west senatorial district.

Although, the party has not made any public statement regarding zoning of its ticket to the West Senatorial district, checks revealed that the leadership of the party had concluded to pick its flag bearer from the area and many of its aspirants have seen the hand writing on the wall.

However, the case with the APC is uncertain as the state Chairman has insisted that the party’s constitution is not in support of the request but pledged a level playing ground for all aspirants irrespective of their senatorial district of origin.

Findings revealed that the position of the APC chairman cannot be separated from clamour to allow every interested aspirants particularly from the central to participate in line with the party’s constitution.

The aspirants, from the district include Barrister Kunle Adegoke, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, Oluomo Sunday Akere, Hon. Lasun Yusuf, Hon. Yinka Ajayi, while Senator Babajide Omoworare, from Osun East Senatorial, has also thrown in his cap too.

Despite all of these, the elders’ caucus of the party was said to have reached a consensus that though the issue of zoning is not entrenched in the party’s constitution but the historical and gentleman agreement among the founding fathers of the state has allowed the arrangement to be acceptable in the state.

It was also gathered that the forum of APC Local Government Chairmen is divided over the zoning to the West Senatorial.

An independent survey by the medium revealed that the electorates across the state is also seeking fairness and equity in the distribution of political power across the three senatorial districts in the state and many respondents believed zoning the ticket to Osun-West would help any of the political party that want to win their votes in the September 22 election.

It was gathered that the APC, due to the performance of the incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration, has edge over the PDP but what is likely to become the former’s albatross is its choice of candidate, a decision its rivals are waiting to capitalize on.

Recent events in the state is also suggesting that the APC may likely call all its aspirants to a roundtable and let them see reason on the need to reach compromise before the date of its primary election.