Osun APC Urges Party Members To Come Out For Governorship Primaries

The State of Osun Chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC has urged its members to come out en-masse for tomorrow’s party primaries to elect its candidate for the September 22 governorship election in the state.

The party’s image maker, Barr Kunle Oyatomi made the call in a statement on Wednesday.

Read the full statement below:

Come out en masse to choose your gov’ship candidate – APC 

All members of All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun are required to assemble at their wards’ polling booths throughout the state from 8am tomorrow to fully participate in the party’s direct primary scheduled to hold Thursday, July 19 2018.

The party’s flagbearer for the September 22 governorship election will be elected by direct voting of all party members to ensure that whoever emerges truly represents the majority choice of the APC.

It is also important that members must come to the polling centres with their APC identity cards to authenticate their membership.

We all have a stake in deciding who should succeed our exceptional leader, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola as the new governor of the state. It is a duty we all must be proud to perform tomorrow in the best interest of the state in general and our party in particular.

Finally members should turn out en masse for tomorrow’s primary and we urge everyone to be peaceful responsible and orderly.

Signed

Barr Kunle Oyatomi Esq

Director, Publicity, Research and Strategy, 

Osun APC.

Osun: Direct Primary Will Deepen Internal Democracy – Tinubu

All Progressives Congress stalwart, Sen. Bola Tinubu, says the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approving direct primaries for electing the governorship candidate in Osun will deepen internal democracy in the party.

Tinubu expressed the view in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday entitled ‘Internal Democracy: Improving the Nomination Process’,

A copy of the statement was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Tinubu’s Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman.

According to the APC chieftain, the party’s Constitution provides for both direct and indirect primaries, but the direct option is more democratic and more participatory.

Tinubu said that the decision was a ground-breaking step, as it affirmed the party’s democratic inclinations.

He said that the involvement of all APC members in candidate nomination would ensure that the party chose the candidate of the people.

“It will also serve to galvanise the party membership for the general election that lies ahead.

“Moreover, direct primaries will serve as a future deterrent to those who might have tried to corrupt the delegate system of obtaining nominations.

“With that system, the temptation to ‘buy’ delegates was an ever-present weakness. Now, such a venal undertaking will prove much too costly and uncertain to be entertained as feasible strategy.

“I am sure party members in Osun welcome this decision for it shines the rays of democracy more fully upon them.

“May this decision not be peculiar to Osun, but stand as the new way of our party. The nation and the APC will both be better for it, ” he said.

Tinubu said that the decision took courage and conviction, as it bucked the old ways to bring about something better and new.

“When the history of this moment is written, those looking back on this decision will say that it was an inevitable natural consequence of party evolution, ” he said.

Tinubu commended the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for leading the party toward greater democracy.

According to him, increased participation of all party members in key decisions that affect them is commendable.

“From inception, our party has held to principles of internal democracy, and by the open and fair conduct of our conventions, we have distinguished ourselves from all other political parties.

“While we have achieved more than others with regard to internal democracy, there is still more to be done in order to perfect our internal procedures and mechanisms.

“This consideration was a key factor in the election of Oshiomhole as party chairman.

“Core to that mandate is the improvement of democracy within the party so that we may become even better representatives of the people, ” Tinubu said.

NAN reports that the APC said it would adopt direct primary method in Osun State in choosing a candidate ahead of the state’s governorship election.

The national chairman of the ruling party, Oshiomhole, said this on Monday in Abuja after the screening of aspirants interested in flying the party’s flag in the Sept. 22 election. (NAN)

Osun APC Governorship Primaries To Go Through Direct Process – Oshiomhole

The All Progressives Congress has opted to use the direct primary method to elect its candidate for the forthcoming Osun State governorship election.

This was announced by the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee at the party’s National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Monday.

He explained that the decision was informed by his administration’s determination to ensure that party members took ownership of the party in order to entrench proper democratic ideals.

According to him, the direct primary method was more democratic because it reduces the opportunity for corruption.

Oshiomhole stressed that concentrating the power to choose the party’s candidate in the hands of a few delegates was more prone to corruption.

He noted that the party had commenced the process of organising the primary election among the 17 aspirants who had obtained nomination forms and had been cleared to contest by the panel set up for the purpose of screening.

Oshimhole said, “We are impressed that the 17 of them are competent enough to effectively govern the state and that we do not lack competent hands to provide leadership in Osun State after the exit of Rauf Aregbesola.

“We have decided that in order to ensure popular participation, and to deepen democracy in Osun State, in line with the provisions of our party constitution which allows for either direct or indirect primary; we have resolved that the governorship election primary in Osun State will be conducted on the basis of the direct primary.

“What that means is that every card-carrying member of our party will participate in the process of nominating the candidate of the party.”

The party chairman also urged security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the senseless killings in Sokoto and other parts of the country to justice.

Osun 2018: Direct Primary Best By Muyiwa Kumuyi

Some noises have been heard on the frivolous net raising false alarm about the adoption of the Direct Primary model for aspirants under the platform of All Progressives Congress vying ‎for governorship ticket in Osun.
It would not have mattered much if those who have been making those noises were ignorant. But they are supposedly enlightened and educated people who know better but choose to muddy the waters in their selfish ‎interests.
Although politics in Nigeria has become more about self rather than public interest, at least when it comes to the constitutional rules by which a procedure or process can be conducted, a serious politician ought to‎ know at his finger tips what the rules are.
Article 20 of the APC constitution says that the primary of the party “can be conducted either directly or indirectly.”
A direct primary is one at which all party members are eligible to vote. The indirect primary is one at which delegates form what could be considered as an electoral college to pick a candidate.
If we must be truthful to ourselves, the indirect primaries, which we have witnessed since 1999 in Nigeria, have largely created more problems than they solved in the process of electing a party flag bearer for governor or president.
We are familiar with the obnoxious fraud that have characterised the process, the demonic practices that had be-deviled it, and the monitization which has become its ugly face that combine to make it less democratic than it was intended to be.
That is because it has become so easy to influence most of the delegates to the disadvantage of democracy itself.
However, if the process is direct, the aspirants will have to appeal to tens of thousands of party members. The primary democratic advantage here is that majority of the people involved will participate ‎in the process.
Again, reason the direct approach would be most appropriate is that it is a more open and transparent process, incorruptible and not easy to be manipulated or subjected to diabolical influences.
We should understand that democracy is about rule of the majority. A position as important as that of the governor‎ of a state should be determined by popular vote. That gives the occupant of the post greater legitimacy.
Similarly within the party system, the majority of its membership should carry the day on all critical decisions the party makes.‎ But the Nigerian experience to date is that the indirect primaries have progressively been eroded by fraud.
Osun is now the first state to attempt the direct primary model which however is the prevalent practice in the United States of America from where we copied our democracy.
Indeed in Iowa state in  America, all eligible voters are required to participate in the primaries to elect the person that should hold an important office.
‎We would be holding our breathe to see how the direct primary in Osun would reshape or influence internal democracy within the parties.
The national executive of the APC would be doing a great service to the democratic process if it sanctions this critical exercise‎ to go through.
KUMUYI, a political analyst of international exposure writes from Iwo, Osun

Osun Gov Poll: NGOs, Stakeholders Task APC NWC On Direct Primary

 

As the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) meets on the modalities for the conduct of the party’s governorship primary election in Osun on Thursday July 19, stakeholders in the state have urged the party to select men (and women) of integrity into the state’s convention committee and adopt direct primary method of election.

Speaking separately to the media in Osogbo, on Saturday, the convener of a non-governmental organisation, Osun Progressives Platform (OPP), Comrade Wale Adebisi, urged the NWC to select its candidate for the September 22, 2018 governorship election directly through its registered members in order to bring inclusiveness and real democratic representation.

According to Comrade Adebisi who is also the Director of Ola Oni Centre for Social Research, in Osogbo, “APC needs to deepen democracy and inclusion of all its members in taking such important decisions like the choosing of its candidate in the coming governorship election.

“The era of a few party delegates or even fewer party leaders handpicking and anointing a candidate should be done away with. A candidate that emerged from the popular and direct election in which all card-carrying members vote is the most democratic method. This will make all the party’s members vote massively for such candidate and even work for him or her enthusiastically at the election proper.

At any rate, there are no delegates on ground, elected for the purpose of selecting the party’s candidate for the 2018 governorship election. It will amount to abuse of democracy to just corral some members of the party into primary election delegates”, he warned.

Speaking in the same vein, Comrade Damola Olayinka, the Director of Publicity for Justice Now Foundation, another Non Governmental Organisation in Osogbo, speaking on behalf of the organisation, admonished the leadership of APC to select people of proven integrity to conduct the primary, not those who will come to perpetrate a hidden agenda. He also lent his weight behind direct primary as the method of selecting the governorship candidate of the party.

“It is crucial for the National Working Committee (NWC) to get the composition of the committee and the method of primary election right.

“The last primary election for the selection of the party’s candidate to fill the vacancy created with the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke in Osun West Senatorial District ended in a fiasco. The committee that came to conduct the primary was partisan and patently biased. This gave a wrong impression to the voters and contributed significantly to the loss of the party to PDP in the Senatorial election.

“It is equally important for the APC to use direct primary method. All card carrying members of the party should be given the opportunity to decide the party’s candidate in the forthcoming election. The method of indirect primary through the conclave of a few is undemocratic and subject to abuse”, he said.

Also, Comrade Amitolu Shittu who is the chairman of De Raufs, a non-governmental social and political grassroots movement in Osun warned the APC National Working Committee (NWC) of the danger of not selecting its governorship candidate through direct primary. He is of the opinion that indirect primary is undemocratic, corrupt and subject to abuse.

“APC should select its governorship candidate through direct primary. This is the method mostly in use in the United States where we learnt democracy and presidential system of government.

“We saw what happened in Ekiti where indirect primary brought chaos and put the party in bad light. It is subject to corruption, extortion and undue influence.

“Whereas, in a direct election by all the card-carrying members of the party, every member will have a sense of belonging by being part of selecting who flies the party’s flag. The NWC should therefore jettison any idea of indirect primary, but should embrace direct primary for a fair and democratic primary”, he stated.

Allow Reasons To Prevail, Group Charges Osun APC Leaders

By Sola Jacobs

A group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun named De’Trumpet has advised the leadership of the party to reason with the dynamics and desire of the majority of the people of the state and listen to them if the party seriously consider winning the gubernatorial election scheduled for September 22 as important.

The group in a statement by its spokesperson Alhaji Moruf Olaiya said politics has gone past the level of grandstanding we are witnessing today especially in Osun state where the feelings of the people at the grassroots decides the outcome of political contests.

Making reference to the Osun West Senatorial by-election decided last year, the group said the APC would have been saved from the embarrassment of the calamitous result it got in the election if the spirit of give and take had been allowed to prevail.

To ensure victory for the party, the group advised that the party should not in any way disregard the agitation that the candidate that will fly its banner in the Governorship election is selected from Osun West Senatorial District.

Speaking further, Alh Olaiya on behalf of De’Trumpet said people should realize that the thinking of money being the decider of electoral contest plays little or no role in Osun electoral process as sheer determination, individual character quality and the ability of the people to identify with the flag bearer of the party as one of them are the real issues that will determine the next occupier of the Bola Ige House.

Using Ogun state as an example, Alh Olaiya said it is not a mistake that all the major political parties in that state decided that they will pick their flag bearer in the February 2019 Governorship contest from Ogun West Senatorial District a decision it said will greatly reduce the burden of having to contend with hordes of aspirants which may invariably lead to fragmentation and tear the party apart.

The group commended the stance of the Elders Forum led by Chief Sola Akinwumi, the Forum of APC Local Government Party Chairmen, the Forum of APC Ward Chairmen, groups like Osun West Youth Solidarity Forum for their resilience on the demand for the leadership of the party to allow the delegates to choose from the hordes of qualified aspirants from Osun West Senatorial District, warning that doing otherwise might spell doom for the party again in the coming election.

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.

 

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: Osun APC Promises Credible, Hitch Free Primaries

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 seven of the twenty seven 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 ambition in the friendly and carnival-like atmosphere that has shaped campaign in the state. Those who had flagged off their campaign were Hon. Lasun Yussuff, Kunle Rasheed Adegoke Esq., Dr. Ezekiel Oyemomi, Dr. Abiodun Saka Layonu (SAN), Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti and Dr. Peter Adebayo Babalola.

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 lead 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.

EDITORIAL: After The Declarations

 

That some twenty seven members of the APC are in the race to win the nomination of the party for the governorship election in September should not make anyone apprehensive, on the contrary, it is a celebration of democracy. Democracy itself rests on plurality of choices and a crowded field reflects a testimonial of faith in the democratic process, which means that constitutional government is deepening in our country

The stellar performance of the outgoing governor has certainly kindled interests in a job he has made glamorous. The path breaking social initiatives and fiscal balancing cannot but enthuse those who believe that the processes of government should benefit the majority and not just a few. It’s a beautiful morning for democracy in the State of Osun.

Our own position is unambiguous and will be constantly reiterated, there must be continuity of the pro – people, progressive policies of the current administration, any other consideration is subordinate to this objective. For, as it is often stated, continuity of progressive policies in Lagos State since 1999 has made and continues to be the trajectory for sustainable development in Lagos. It will be a tragic loss of focus not to emulate the Lagos example. Since there is no rational reason to disrupt a winning strategy, all those seeking the nomination of the APC must put continuity first and last.

This will call for great discipline as well as the key objective of putting the party first. Only one person will gain the nomination at the end of the day, all must remember that they desire the nomination of the party not for self – agrandisement but to further the progressive ideals of the party. All the aspirants must remember that modern political parties are established and operated on the basis of democratic centralism which represents the subordination of personal or factional interests to the overwhelming interests of the party as a whole. In the case of Osun, a lot is riding on the continuity objective. Posterity will be unforgiving if through acts of omission and commission the fortunes[the pun is intended] of the state is handed back to retrogressive forces who stultified the purposeful development of the state in the past and who, availed of another opportunity will plunder the resources of the state with the same reckless abandonment of the past.

As a party, the APC represents the cohesive position for good governance in the State of Osun. For this reason, they have a clear moral responsibility to ensure a rancour free succession process.

For the people themselves through the APC, there is everything at stake. As the philosopher, Plato pointed out centuries ago. “If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools”. Sadly, as of today, Osun does not have anything remotely like a government-in-waiting. This is reprehensible for a democracy, but it places overwhelming responsibility on the APC and its aspirants for the highest office in the state to ensure continuity of good government.

We ask all contestants to play by the rules and put the interests of the party first.

Osun Guber Race: Chances And Challenges Of The Aspirants

  • The Zoning Permutations

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Following the last week Monday lifting of ban by the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of July 7 party primary, political atmosphere in the state is becoming more charged as aspirants commenced the struggle to be the party’s flagbearer.

The development appeared to have triggered more governorship ambition’s declarations in the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the APC aspirants have formally unveiled their campaign offices within the state capital.

Despite the silence of the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on his choice of successor, coast is becoming clearer on the gubernatorial hopeful within the ruling APC while the PDP leadership in the state is also narrowing down his choice among the contending aspirants.

As at the time of filling this report, 27 aspirants have shown interest to occupy Bola Ige house from the APC, while 14 aspirants have equally shown interests within the PDP.

APC aspirants include the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Najeem Salaam; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega  Oyetola; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf; Chairman Local Government Service Commission, Elder Peter Babalola;  Project Coordinator, Osun RAMP, Eng Adelere Oriolowo; Alao Olabisi,  Oyebisi Alamu, Jolayemi Kamoru  and  Dr. Isiaka Owoade.

Others are former commissioner for Information and Strategy, Oluomo Sunday Akere, Dr Ismail Saka Layonu, Elder Tunde Adediji ,  Mrs. Akanbi Alimot Bolanle, Hon. Akintayo Gafar Amere, Adeyemo Ayodele Fatai,  Babatunde Adedotun Taiwo , Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi , Ayoade  Lawal, Dr. Taofeek Olayinka, Barrister Kunle Rasheed Adegoke  among others.

Leading aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) include former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Senator Olasunkami Akinlabi, Akogun Lere Oyewunmi, former Speaker of the state Assembly, Hon Adejare Bello, Barr Kayode Oduoye, Barister Nathaniel Oke (SAN), Professor Adeolu Durotoye among others.

However, OSUN DEFENDER’s survey within the APC indicated that the contest might be among only few top aspirants except there vis any last minute politicking by Governor Aregbesola that may alter the voting calculations in the party.

Findings among the party leaders and members in the state showed that the top contenders include Oyetola, Adeoti, Salaam, Yusuff, Babalola, Layoonu, Kunle Adegoke among others.

The party is not routing for zoning against the expectations of some of its chieftains, as all aspirants, according to the state party Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, would be given chance to participate in the primary election.

A member of the state working committee of the party who confided in OSUN DEFENDER confirmed that at one of its recent meetings, the option of zoning has been dismissed as unconstitutional which may encourage post primary litigations and discourage competition to produce the best among the aspirants.

In examining the chances and challenges among the leading aspirants within the APC, zoning, ability to consolidate on Governor Aregbesola’s success in 8 years, political experience appeared to be the issues that party chieftains are using to evaluate aspirants.

For instance, Hon Najeem Salaam a second term Speaker of the state House of Assembly is banking on the support of party chieftains, past and present members of the state assembly.

Since 1999 he has been an active participant in the progressive politics, from supervisory councilor to the state house of assembly. He is also considered to be a “home base” who is humble and loyal to the party, especially in supporting the governor’s policies and projects. At a point, the house he superintends was tagged a ‘rubber stamp’ as a result of his support for the executive arm of the government.    Another aspirant to watch out for in the race is the present Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji  Gboyega Oyetola, a technocrat and long standing financier of the party. Aside political appointments, Oyetola is for the first time contesting for the public office. He is seen as a major stabiliser during financial and labour crisis in the state and his coporate background to sustain the legacies of Aregbesola is strengthening his chances.

He is rumored to be the favorites of Governor Aregbesola, but the governor has dismissed such insinuation during the federal constituencies tour that he has no favorite among the contending aspirants.  He is also not giving anything to chance by consulting across the zones to actualize his ambition. The major challenge for his aspiration is the agitation for zoning the seat to Osun-West.

In the same category is the Secretary to the state governor, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti who was a party Chairman since 2002 till 2010 that he became the SSG. His long stay in the party leadership has earned him the respect and support of party chieftains and members across the zones.  He is a man to watch out for in the race, but Osun West senatorial district where Adeoti is banking on may be divided as over 20 aspirants from the district are also vying for the party’s ticket.

Elder Peter Babalola, a former chief of staff to ex-Governor Olagunsoye  Oyinlola and current Chairman Local Government Service Commission is another major aspirant in the race. He is also a grassroots politician who has been contesting for governorship since 1999. His major challenge is that about four other aspirants are from his home town, Ikire, a situation that may weaken his support base.

Kunle Adegoke, a lawyer and one of the counsel to Governor Aregbesola during the Election Petition Tribunal is another aspirant that may spring surprise in the race, although, despite his popularity among youth in the central senatorial district, he appeared not to weigh any influence in the party leadership. He was considered to be fenced outside the party for certain political reason.

However, Adegoke is among the few aspirants that are meeting party delegates across the three senatorial districts in the state and not giving anything to chance.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yusuf, is also considered to have been decimated in the control of the party in various local government which may substantially affect his chances in the race.

A party source told our reporter that Lasun has been fenced out during the last party congress to the extent that he could not boast of 30 percent delegates from his local government, however, he is banking on his closeness to Abuja and his financial muscle to prosecute his ambition.

While Engineer Adelere Oriolowo is considered to be a close ally of governor Aregbesola, the Iwo-born engineer is seen to be a new comer in the state political terrain. Many observers believe that the choice of the governor would determine his fate in the primary.

Meanwhile, the situation in PDP remain different, it appeared that the party leadership has conceded the party thicket to Osun-West Senatorial District.  A member of the Board of Trustee of the party confided in our reporter that the party is not thinking outside Osun West and will soon pronounce the decision through its national leadership.

Likely aspirants from the zone include Senator Ademola Adeleke, Akinlabi Olasunkami, Adejare Bello, Akogun Lere Oyewunmi, Akin Ogunbiyi among others.

Senator Iyiola Omisore, who recently defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), in his case is facing tougher challenges as his ambition has again met brickwall in his new party.

There is also the issue of opposition by some other aspirants and some individuals in the party, the Senatorial District he comes from, Osun East which produced the incumbent, his credibility crisis and the capacity of his new party to mobilise support are his challenges.