{The Race & The Runners} Oriolowo: A Technocrat Joins The Race

 

Born on the 25th April 1956 into the family of Late Raheem Akanji and Alhaja Samirat Abidemi Oriolowo of the famous Oriolowo family, Molete, Iwo in Osun. He attended D.C School Oke-Ifa (1962 – 1963) and Baptist Day School Oke-Odo, (1964 – 1970) Iwo for his primary school education. He broke his primary education between 1968 and 1969 to work as a Shop Keeper on Agboville , Ivory Coast, to gather money for his Secondary School education which he had at Baptist High School Iwo (1971- 1975).

Having spent the first eighteen years of his early life in his native land, Iwo, the young lad was enrolled at The Polytechnic Ibadan for a two-year Ordinary Diploma course in Mechanical Engineering which he completed in 1978. From Ibadan, he became a student of the prestigious University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University. In 1984, Oriolowo got BSc degree in Agricultural Engineering at Ife.

After his one year service (NYSC) in 1985, Adelere Oriolowo worked briefly as a teacher at Bishop Onabanjo High School, Bodija, Ibadan and Kuta, Ile-ogbo Anglican Church Grammar School before proceeding to the enclave World Bank Assisted, Oyo North Agricultural Development Project (ONADEP) in Saki as Agric Engineer in charge of tractor hiring unit. When the enclave project (ONADEP) in the old Oyo State was expanded into State Wide Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) in 1989, Adelere, the young but promising Engineer became the organization’s Executive Agro Processor (1989 – 1991). His job entailed sourcing for low-cost adaptable agro-processing equipment for crop processing as well as linking farmers in the project area with fabricators, Research Institutions and Organizations.

Having discharged his duties creditably to the admiration of his organization, he was appointed Principal Irrigation Engineer in charge of FADAMA I Coordination in 1991-1992.

It wasn’t long before Oriolowo got promoted into the Directorate cadre of the Public Service becoming Assistant Director in 1997, Deputy Director in 2001, Director in-charge of Engineering Services of Osun State Agricultural Development Programme (OSSADEP) in 2005.

He worked for Nigerian Bottling Company (Coca-cola) Ibadan as Mechanical Supervisor, (1978-1979) where he was able to change the Multinational Company’s production capacity from about 50% below target to over 50% above targeted production capacity in less than four months of his engagement by employing technical and managerial techniques.

Oriolowo has offered employment to many youths and women, as well as research and IT training to over 2,000 students of higher institutions across the South Western region of Nigeria. He established many agro processing factories and farms.

Engr. Oriolowo had International Development Project experiences when he served as focal point officer with the UNDP (1996 – 1999). He was Facilitator in charge of Water Control in the National Food Security Project, a Federal Government/FAO Assisted Project (2001-2006), Facilitator Agro-Processor for Root & Tuber Expansion Project, an Internation fund for Agric Development IFAD Assisted Project (2001 – 2007) and Coordinator FADAMA I, a World Bank Assisted Project (1991 – 1998).

He has his professional qualification at various places; he became a COREN registered Engineer in 2003 with registration number 9883, member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in 1992 and member Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) in 1993. In the area of Project Management, he is a certified International Development Project Manager (IDPM) in 2011, Registered Member of Prestigeous Institute of Strategic Management in 2013, Nigeria Institute of Management in 2014, and Member of Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators in 2017.

Oriolowo is the Project Coordinator of the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy affairs, Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs in the State of Osun. He is also the current Project Coordinator for World Bank /French Development Agency (AFD) assisted Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) (2007 to date), to say he has co-ordinated these effectively is to state the obvious, as the State of Osun is leading the other States in RAMP II.

He was also former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs (2013 – 2016). He was the General Manager, Osun State Agricultural Development Corporation in 2007 – 2013.

Engr. Oriolowo also trained by International bodies in different areas to attain many goals in the public service, leadership to maintain and strengthen the Project and achieve changes in team management and integrity. Engr. Oriolowo (OND Mechanical Engineering, BSc Agric Engineering, FNSE, FNIAE, IDPM, MNIM, MISM, ACArb, JP) is a practicing farmer, Agricultural Engineer, a foremost administrator, a father, creative and enterprising professional. Engr. Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo is a widely travelled professional and administrator. He has undergone trainings in many part of the world.

He is married to Deaconess Felicia Ayanjoju Oriolowo and the union is blessed with children.

Oriolowo is currently being touted as the favourite of some powerful individuals in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are currently mobilizing for him under a group called “GOP” to secure the party ticket.

 

Osun 2018: Free, Fair Primaries, The Way To APC Victory – Orangun Of Ila

The Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun has charged the governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the party’s candidate for the next Governorship election emerge from a credible primary that will be seen to be transparent by all party members.

The Monarch commended Aregbesola for providing quality educational infrastructure among other interventions projects in the state.

Orangun admonished that selection of the flag bearer should not only be seen as being credible, but transparent enough to majority of members.

He posited that if the party and its leadership avoid imposition and bring forward a candidate that will be accepted by all, victory for the progressives in the state is certain.

“I must state here that APC remains the party to beat in the coming gubernatorial elections, but the party must be careful in the choice of candidate to be presented for elections. As long as they avoid imposition in the choice of candidate there won’t be problem for the party in the election because Aregbesola has done remarkably well for the coast to be clear for victory in the poll.

“Aregbesola’s contribution to the growth and development of Osun is unrivalled and we thank God for the manner in which he steered the ship of this state especially in the area of schools and other infrastructural development”. The monarch stated.

Earlier, governor Aregbesola charged party members not to allow aspirants in the party to divide them, saying a lot of people will be coming out to aspire for the post of governor.

He noted that the visit is a wake-up call to members of the APC in the constituency, saying as the September date of the election approaches, all members of the party must rise to the challenge of making the party win the Governorship election.

Aregbesola pointed out that with all the achievements of his administration, people of the town must ensure that the good work started by him must not be left to people who will drive the state back to the dark ages of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun and Nigeria.

The governor held that the APC team was in Ila town as it has been doing to other federal constituency, urging the monarch to use the opportunity of the visit to pray for the party in the state for progress.

According to the governor, “We are here to sensitize our party members to serious party work and stimulate the citizenry at large to the need to be sensitive to the machinations and intrigues of the opposition parties who had had the opportunity to rule the state but failed woefully.

“We have reminded our party loyalists on the fact that we have had the experience of this same people several times before our emergence and that our records are their to compare and contrast with their own.

“We are by far different and much more impactful on the lives of our people as our performance on ground is incomparable with any government before our emergence.

”We have appealed to our people to work together in unison  to ensure that our party remains the political party to beat in any election”, Aregbesola added.

Decampees, PDP’s Liability – Osun APC Chair

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC in the State of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun has described as laughable, claims by the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party PDP that decampees from the party would make it win the September 22 governorship election in the state.

In a statement he personally signed, the party chair said that the opposition is out of touch and bereft of the fact that the decampees have ceased to be relevant members of the ruling party.

Famoodun said claims that the Osun APC is being run like a cult by the Governor and a few aides is untrue as a result of their selfish interests which made them fall out of favour with the Governor.

Read the Full Statement:

The  PDP has been making some laughable noises recently over the stale news of so called high profile decampees from the APC to the opposition party. The PDP is truly out of touch,  otherwise it would have known a year and half ago that its latest converts long ceased to be relevant elements within the APC.

Part of PDP ignorance has to do with its status as a factionalised and disoriented party that hardly knows the direction it is even moving, so it is easy to clutch at straws.

The fact of the situation are as follows: some over-ambitious people who once had relevance within the party structure, but lost it due to unacceptable level of selfishness fell out with the APC government. They had  envisaged a situation that will exclude the governor from having an imput into who should succeed him.

When they had it good with the governor,  they were not in a cult, but when ambition put them on the wrong end of the table, they now see a cult operation within government house.

For them, they should always be in a position to control and dictate how the government should run. When Gov. Rauf Aregbesola would  have nothing of that, they jumped ship and now find it convenient to name government operation as a cult

But there is a greater issue here: would such high profile politicians have any commitment to loyalty and preservation of legacy?

We in the APC are relieved that they are not part of our problem and since the PDP had decided to add that problem to its own big burden, it is a matter of their choice and none of our business.

What’s important to us are the tens of thousands of people in Osogbo who have eyes to see, faculty to appreciate, good conscience to evaluate and the character to be grateful to God for the good things Aregbesola and the APC have done to Osogbo in particular and the rest of the state generally. These people will never choose PDP as a substitute for APC in any future elections.

So for the leadership of the PDP to think that the latest decampees from the APC in Osogbo can alter this reality, just by describing Aregbesola-led government as a ‘cult’ is the most absurd, fantasizing that the party leadership could allow itself to degenerate into.

Secondly the PDP is no longer what it used to be in Osun. It has lost key elements of its political attractions and can no longer recover the height of its power base in those gory years when Goodluck Jonathan  added security fire power to the PDP terrorism in the state of Osun during the 2014 governorship election.

As you read this, the PDP is an orphan, scavenging for life and seeking props from people who have no oxygen politically to keep it alive.

Prince Gboyega Famodun

State Chairman,

APC,  State of Osun

2018: If PDP Gets Back To Power, Things Will Be Worse In Osun Than Before – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged the people of the State not to give in to the lies of the opposition party, saying if the People’s Democracy Party, PDP, gets into power again, the situation of the State would be worse than it was during their first administration.

The Governor said this during a visit to Boluwaduro/ Ifedayo/Ila Federal Constituency on Monday.

Aregbesola said the visit was to sensitize the public to the lies of the PDP and to urge party members to start working assiduously towards the fast approaching governorship election.

“The purpose of the visit is to sensitize our party members to the lies of the opposition. They were in power before but didn’t do anything meaningful while our government has achieved lots in social and rural developments. The continuity of our party is essential for the progress of the State.

“The people are starting to forget the PDP’s bad behaviour when they were in power so we shouldn’t relent, we must must not let them in. If the PDP gets into power again, the situation of Osun will be worse than it was when they were first in power.

“During their time then, none of our Party members could walk around with the party’s logo, they ruled with fear, they were even killing one another. We are gone if we relent, so we must not relent, let’s start holding ward meetings and mobilising people. Let’s not give in to PDP.

“Their only excuse is that we owe debts but it is not about owing debts, it is about using the money for something tangible and we used ours to do meaningful things. Also, any business, State or country must borrow to develop.

“They also say we only spend on Osogbo, isn’t Osogbo our State capital? Aren’t we suppose to start from the head?” he asked.

Aregbesola also listed the achievements of his administration in all nooks and crannies of the State, adding that no other government had done what his administration has been able to achieve.

“It is only our administration that has built bridges in Osun, what about the schools, the medical centres, our life changing programmes, what about the security of the State? The road from Iresi to Ila will soon be done. The road from Ila to Oke-Ila is almost done. Has any government done half of what we have done?”

The Governor thereby urged party members to support whoever becomes the party’s candidate, stressing that it is the continuity of the party that matters.

“Let’s stand with the party in respective of the candidate chosen, it’s the continuity we want. Lagos State is progressing today because of the same party continuity. If we want to continue moving forward, our party must remain in power.” he added.

 

{The Race & The Runners} BOA: Bringing Private Experience To Bear

 

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), BENEDICT OLUGBOYEGA ALABI (BOA), born and nurtured in Ikire, Irewole Local Government, Osun State. He is from a family of nine children whose father was a reputable administrator and mother, a business woman of great repute.

Olugboyega attended Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Ikire before proceeding to Baptist Grammar School, Ikire, Osun State and Lagos African Church Grammar School, Ifako-Agege. Thereafter, he gained admission to Ibadan Polytechnic to study Banking in 1983.

He later obtained a Bachelor Degree in Banking and Finance from Olabisi Onabanjo University Ogun State and a Masters degree in Economics (with specialization in International Development) from the University of Lagos.

For many years, Olugboyega worked in the financial sector cutting across various institutions and departments, among which are Societe Generale Bank (now Heritage Bank), Neighborhood Building Society Limited, Transnational Building Society Limited and left his last position as General Manager of Sterling Bank Plc.

He later set up his own company, Eliezer Workplace Management Limited, which is into facility management. With a clear vision, he nurtured and grew the company to an award winning entity with certification in compliance from ISO 9001:2008 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 as well as the British Safety Council.

Olugboyega has attended numerous training and conferences both home and abroad, and has been a recipient of many awards, as the Group President/CEO of Eliezer Workplace Management Limited. He has interest in other areas like agriculture and manufacturing.

Olugboyega is a man of integrity with great passion for Infrastructure and best practice. He has served on the Technical Committee of Federal Government of Nigeria on Development of Green Building Initiative for Nigeria as well as Committee on Establishment of Building Rating System. Both Initiatives of Federal Government of Nigeria are directed towards taming building collapse in Nigeria.

Olugboyega’s hobbies include among others Squash, Golf, interacting with people and above all spending quality time with his loving family.

He is happily married with four children.

Beyond having B.Sc and Masters degree in Economics from Olabisi Onabanjo University and University of Lagos respectively, Olugboyega further in his study both in Nigeria and abroad with professional qualifications. Through his training, experience and contributions, he holds the following certifications; Fellow of Institute for Government Research and Leadership Technology, Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Fellow of Institute of Credits Administration, Associate of Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals, Member of Environmental Society of Nigeria, International Facility Management Association (IFMA) USA, Sustainability Facility Professional.

He was the first African to be awarded Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) certification by International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Houston, United States of America (the umbrella body of all facility management practitioners worldwide) after passing the three practical modes of the study (Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management, Managing a Sustainable Facility and Operating a Sustainable Facility).

If there is anyone who is committed to human emancipation and has dedicated his life to ensuring a better life for his people and the generality of human race through sustainable empowerments and tireless philanthropic gestures, that person is no other than Olugboyega Alabi, popularly known in the political circles as BOA.

Olugboyega co-founded the Osun Ajose Foundation, a non-profit Organization that has since become a vehicle through which succor, economic freedom and emancipation from poverty have been delivered to numerous people that desire them. This is the same group that has been mobilizing support for his ambition under the APC.

 

{The Race & The Runners} Bello: Jostling For PDP Ticket

Honourable Adejare Bello was born on the 23rd August, 1961 to the family of Alhaji Bello Olatoyemu and Madam Monilola Abeki of Aranhin Compound, Ede.

He was sent to Quranic School early in life and could not start western education until he was 14 years in 1975.

Bashorun Adejare Bello was at the Baptist Day School between 1975 and 1978. He also attended L.A Primary School, Alusere, Ede from where he proceeded to Muslim Grammar School, Ede in September 1979. He completed his secondary education in 1984 and between 1984 and 1986 he was at the Baptist High School Ede for his HSC.

In 1989, Hon Adejare Bello was admitted into the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife to study law and he completed in 1994. Between 1994 and 1995 he was at Nigerian Law School, Lagos and was called to the Nigeria Bar on the 22nd March 1995. Barrister Adejare Bello returned to his home town immediately and established his law office known as Bello Adejare & Co at No. 64A, Station Road, Ede.

In December 1997, he was elected a member of the Osun State House of Assembly on the platform of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) but he could not be sworn in until the election was eventually cancelled by General AbdulSalam Abubakar after the death of General Sanni Abacha in 1998.

Bello then joined the All Peoples Party (APP) in 1998 and in January 1999, he was elected to represent Ede North State Constituency in the State House of Assembly that was inaugurated on the 31st of May, 1999. An active member of the parliament, he played well his role as a principal officer (Minority Member 1999-2003).

Again on the 3rd May 2003, the people of Ede North State Constituency magnanimously re-elected him into the Osun State House of Assembly on the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP).

Bello, a man that is always on the side of the masses when it comes to debates on the floor of the house, sequel to his re-election in 2003, the house on the 3rd of June 2003 unanimously named him the Speaker.

Bello was again elected to represent Ede North in 2007. He was unanimously named the Speaker again for two unbroken terms.

An executive member of Commonwealth Parliamentarian Association, Bello is the Vice Chairman, South West Conference of Speakers, a member of the Nigeria Bar Association, President Elite Club Ede, member Knight Club Ede and a host of other social and professional bodies.

He was the president, Muslim student society, Ede Muslim Grammar School branch between 1983 and 1984. He was also the president of the Federation of Ede Local Government Students Union, OAU branch between 1990 and 1991.

Hon. Bello has traveled widely. He has been to several African countries, Middle East, Europe, America and Asia. He is the Bamofin of Erin-Osun, Bashorun of Igbajo and the Bada of the source (Ile-Ife), Akinrogun of Ijabe, Aare Amofin of Iragberi and the Oluomo of Edeland.

After spending twelve years in the House of Assembly, four years as a minority leader and eight years as the speaker, he retired to his private law practice.

Again, towards, the end of 2011, he was called upon to resuscitate, rejuvenate and re-engineer the Peoples Democratic Party, Osun State as the Acting Chairman, Chairman Transition/Congress Committee.

Under his leadership, transparent and credible congresses were conducted and he is back to his private law office.

The former two-term speaker of the House of Assembly is a recipient of several awards from all walks of life.

Bello was the running mate to the former deputy governor of Osun, Iyiola Omisore during the 2014 governorship election in Osun before the duo parted ways.

Having formally declared his intention to run for the governorship seat of Osun under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) he has begun massive mobilization for his move to occupy the seat.

 

{The Race & The Runners} Salaam: From Parliament To Executive

 

Born on August 8, 1965, Najeem Folasayo Salaam hails from Ejigbo. There was no peculiar circumstance to his birth, though he lost his mother at the age of two and his father when he was 10; his big aunt, Iya Agba raised him and his sister with utmost care. What defined his childhood was that he courted so many friends and as a young man, he had the habit of offering his ration for others to eat. So, he seemed to have exhibited the traits of generosity and love for others and “live and let other live” from the threshold of his life.

Najeem Salaam attended Ansar-ul-Deen Primary School, Ejigbo; Baptist High School, Ola-Ejigbo; Baptist High School, Ejigbo and proceeded to the then Oyo State School of Arts and Science, Ile-Ife, for his ‘A’ Levels, before he was admitted to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) where he obtained B.Sc Political Science, M.Sc Political Science and he has crowned his intellectual capability with the highest engagement of academic laurel in his chosen field, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Political Science in the same university.

Najeem Salaam joined politics in 1995. He started as a follower from the grassroots; he enrolled himself under the political tendency of progressive leaning, under the leadership of Tayo Ilupeju, an Ejigbo born political leader who also stocked himself in the Obafemi Awolowo’s school of politics.

He signified intention to vie for House of Assembly seat in 1999, but was persuaded to stand down his ambition for another aspirant on a political calculation; he was later appointed as the Supervisory Councillor for Health, Ejigbo Local Government Council. By 2003, he won the ticket of Alliance for Democracy (AD) to stand for election as Chairman of Ejigbo Local Government Council, but failed to make it due to the hostility of the then ruling party to the opposition. However, he won election to the Osun State House of Assembly in 2007.

By 2009, his election was voided by the Court of Appeal, which held in Ibadan upon the petition filed by a candidate of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), who claimed that her party logo was not included in the ballot paper used for 2007 legislative election in Ejigbo State Constituency. The court called for a rerun election but the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) brought “war” and glaring compromise to Ejigbo and Najeem Salaam became a victim. Against all odds, he was re-nominated for 2011 election and won with moonslide.

By 2011, Salaam returned to the State House of Assembly and he was elected Speaker unanimously. By 2012, he was selected by the 35 Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly to lead Conference of Speakers and midwife the conference into a democratic structure, which he did within six months.

Salaam was returned again in 2015 and he was re-elected as the Speaker and he has since become a honest broker, stabilizing the state with his go-between among disputing parties, as the State House of Assembly under his watch has been able to fix broken system in so many respects. Under his watch, the state parliament has passed over 50 laws, over 45 resolutions and four public hearings, coupled with interventions in different areas.

Despite his intimidating physique and academic credentials, Salaam possesses unparalleled disarming humility, sprawling native wisdom and rare generosity; virtues that have made him tick as a politician with a difference and a colourful humanist, whose stock-in-trade is to make people smile in all situations, even in the face of daunting challenges. The aforementioned virtues made his friends and associates to call him IWALOYE- good character is royalty.

He attended a brief legislative class at London School of Economics and Political Science; he undertook a study-tour at United Kingdom Parliament, Westminster, London; he attended legislative assignment in Tanzania, Brazil, United States of America, Ghana, Malaysia, United Arab Emirate (UAE) to mention but few.

Salaam is a man of many accolades, he garners 65 awards from educational institutions of higher learning; he earns 50 leadership awards across social organizations and groups; he was honoured by religious institutions across board. He is the current Asiwaju Adeen of Ejigbo-land. Alumni International of his Alma mata, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2013, bestowed on him, Grand Commander of Great Ife (GCI); he is the Asiwaju Musulumi of Ejigbo-land (the overall leader of Muslim faithful in Ejigbo-land) among other accolades, including, Outstanding Achievement Award & Extraordinary Services, Dedication to Our State by All Progressive Congress (Canada Branch); Evergreen Award as Worthy Ambassador of Yoruba by the Southwest Youth Leaders Association; Award of Excellence in Political & Social Development by LAUTECH International College, Ogbomoso; Most Outstanding Legislative Administration Award by Leadership and Followership Development Centre (LEFDEC) among several others.

Salaam, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not officially declared to govern the state, his group, Iwaloye Movement has begun mobilisation for his ambition.

Ooni Gives Aregbesola Pass Mark For Fulfilling Promises To People

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, has given the Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbeola a pass mark in the delivery of good governance, saying that he has fulfilled his campaign promises to the people of Ife and the state at large.

Oba Ogunwusi described Aregbesola as a person that has the fear of God, hence the good works and great achievements that has continued to trail his administration.

The Royal father stated this on Monday at his palace when the governor paid him a visit before a town hall meeting with the people of Ife Federal Constituency.

The monarch while appealing to the people of Osun to continue to show support for the Aregbesola’s administration, noted that the entire state had never had it so good in terms of infrastructural development.

Oba Ogunwusi who called on members of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state to be united, called on residents of the state to embrace peace and ensure a violent free politicking.

He explained that the current spate of growth and development being enjoyed in the state can only continue in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

The frontline monarch said: “Aregbesola has been faithful on his promises to the people of Osun and this is because he is a God fearing man and I commend him for this. Osun has no doubt thrived and developed under the administration of Aregbesola and this I am so proud of.

“But there is something we must all be mindful about if this growth and development must continue. The current peace in the state must continue especially among the APC Osun.

“The coming political dispensation in Osun must be peaceful if the development in Osun must continue. I also want to use this forum to tell Osun people that government can not do it alone, this government needs your support to succeed.”

In his address, Aregbesola thanked the royal father for always being a supporter of positive developments in the state, just as he declared that the state will never retrogress again.

He said he and his team decided to pay homage to the king in the palace prior to the town hall meeting of the APC as a sign of respect to the throne and Ife land in general.

Owa Obokun Gives Condition For Continuity In Government

The Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran has warned that if the All Progressives Congress (APC) plays by the rules and listens to elders’ advice on the way forward, victory in the coming governorship poll would be guaranteed.

The Monarch stated this when Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the monarch before the commencement of the goodwill visit to members of APC in Ijesa South Federal Constituency by the governor.

The royal father urged politicians ahead of the coming election to stop maligning themselves for a better Osun and Nigeria to be achievable, saying that the winner of the forthcoming election is only known to God and can be unlocked through prayers.

He commended Aregbesola for the infrastructural development that has happened in the state but asked that government should ensure that more is done in Ijesaland.

“Aregbesola has done so well for Osun and deserves commendation from all angles especially on roads and school infrastructures.

“His works have always spoken for him and I am sure it will continue to. Myself and the whole of Ijesaland including the chiefs will continue to hail Aregbesola for his achievements.

While responding, the governor urged the people of the state to learn from Lagos who had enjoyed unprecedented development due to the fact that the state is enjoying unbroken regime of the progressive party.

Aregbesola stated that ever since the creation of Nigeria when Osun was a division and Osun as a state, no government has ever achieved the feat that his administration has achieved interms of positive infrastructural development.

He explained further that the essence of allowing continuity in government in Osun is not for himself alone, but for the benefit of the entire state as the spate of development being experienced will definitely continue under the APC government.

While thanking God for liberating the state through the APC government, Aregbesola stressed that residents of the state should be careful not to allow the opposition take over the state ever again.

He said, “I want us to be very careful not to loose what we have, what we have is unparalleled development which have never been experienced in the state since its creation.

The state is going through a developmental phase and we must be careful not to halt the steady wind of positive change that is blowing across the state.

“Lagos state is the most developed state in the country today simply because no other party apart from the APC has ruled the state. It is the continuity in governance of Lagos state that has enabled it to develop in that manner”, the governor stressed.

New INEC REC Deployed To Osun

In less than five months to the September 22nd governorship election in Osun, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deployed a new Resident Electoral Commissioner to the state.

The new REC, Mr Olusegun Agbaje resumed duty at the INEC headquarters in Osogbo, capital of the state on Monday.

It was confirmed that the new REC was received by the Administrative Officer of the commission who conducted him round the key departments in the state headquarters of the commission.

On resumption, Agbaje held a meeting with some very senior officials of the commission.

Agbaje was the REC posted to the state to oversee the 2014 governorship election in the state which he conducted successfully.

INEC Releases Order Of Osun Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released timetable for the September 22nd governorship election in the state of Osun in line with the provision of Electoral Act.

The INEC new Resident Electoral Commissioner posted to Osun, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, in his maiden address on Thursday, made the disclosure at the INEC office in Osogbo, the state capital of Osun.

Agbaje explained that 411,438 Permanent Voters Card out of 1,407,235 registered voters in 2015, are yet to be collected.

He disclosed that notice of election would be June 23 while commencement of public campaign by political parties has been slated for June 24.

According to Agbaje, conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries would be between June 24 and July 23.

He said August 22 would be the last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties while campaigns would end on September 20.

He promised that INEC would ensure a free, fair and transparent election that would be acceptable to the people of the state.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner also urged journalists and other stakeholders to support the commission in its effort to conduct credible election come September 22.

He said, “we have the mandate to provide a level playing ground for all players and we expect in return the cooperation of all stakeholders.

“To the press, we expect you to join hands with the commission to maintain equity and justice before, during and after the process.

“On our part, we promise to operate an open door policy and ensure the entrenchment of all the core values and standards of INEC with zero tolerance for electoral fraud.