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Osun 2022: Frontline PDP Aspirants, Their Strengths, Weaknesses

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The carnival-like atmosphere that usually comes with every election year in the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is yet on the loose again, with the state governorship election fast approaching. Just like in previous years, an array of aspirants have surfaced and from all indications, the 2022 race for the PDP governorship ticket is more colorful given the mix of the old and the young, including those never imagined could pick up the party’s nomination forms. This, no doubt, has kept many in the political circle in Osun State wondering.

In this piece, we shall examine each of these aspirants, their strengths, pedigree and weaknesses, with a view to allowing members of the public, especially party delegates to know who their aspirants are.

Abdulfatai Akinbade

Born on the 2nd of April 1955, Akinbade, a Civil Engineer by training, served as a commissioner in different capacities under three successive military administrations in Osun state,

In 2001, he was elected chairman of Osun State PDP before he became the Secretary to the State Government in 2003, in which capacity he served till 2010.

It will be safe to refer to Alhaji Akinbade as a veteran governorship aspirant as he was a contender for the governorship seat in 2011 until the Aregbesola administration came on board and truncated the scheduled 2011 gubernatorial election in the State. In 2014, Akinbade dumped the PDP for Labour Party where he contested the gubernatorial election, only to return to the PDP in 2018 to contest for the gubernatorial ticket. He however left the PDP again to pick the gubernatorial ticket in ADC for the 2018 election.

Alhaji Akinbade is once again running on the platform of PDP to lead the state for the next four years

Till date, Akinbade’s greatest political credential remains his being a three-time commissioner, SSG, and party chairman, making him one of the aspirants on the PDP that needs no introduction.

The former SSG hails from a Senatorial District that is agitating to produce the next governor of Osun State since they have never produced a governor, exept the 22 months stint the late Isiaka Adeleke had under the Ibrahim Babangida transition.

It must however be noted that Akinbade’s greatest undoing as he goes into the PDP primary election on the 26th of January, is his inconsistency and what many believe to be his life and death ambition to be Osun governor.

Aside his constant dumping of PDP to pick gubernatorial tickets elsewhere, Akinbade comes from one of the smallest local government areas of Osun State, which may be a disadvantage in terms of numbers in the election proper if he eventually wins the PDP ticket. Also to his disadvantage is the belief that he does not have the financial muscle to run a well-oiled electioneering campaign.

Ademola Adeleke
Senator Ademola Adeleke, popularly called the dancing Senator, is no doubt a household name in Osun, not because of any outstanding achievements but on account of his being the younger brother of a former governor of the state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

It will be recalled that Senator Adeleke had an almost free ride in replacing his brother, Isiaka at the Senate when the former governor died in 2017. Riding still on the popularity of his brother and a family with deep pockets, Senator Ademola Adeleke won the PDP governorship ticket in 2018 and went on to narrowly miss becoming governor after his victory in the first ballot was declared inconclusive.

Adeleke comes from Ede, where his family is highly respected and can be sure of bulk voting coming his way in any election, just as funds for electioneering campaigns cannot be a problem for him.

The above notwithstanding, Senator Adeleke comes with baggage that has refused to go away; his educational background and question marks surrounding his certificate!. His certificate forgery case before an Abuja High Court, may, among other things like the uncertainty about his religion and rumors that he takes orders from his elder sister, may work against him either at the primaries or the election proper.

Akin Ogunbiyi
Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, an aspirant on the platform of the PDP in 2018, is the Chairman, Mutual Group.

The astute businessman became a household name in 2018 shortly before the PDP primaries, as he was a major contender facing Senator Adeleke squarely for the primaries, which he lost under controversial circumstances.

Arguably the most read among the aspirants with a Ph.D., Ogunbiyi has attended several leadership training outside the country, with great administrative skills and experience.

He is an aspirant with good followership among the elites.

Ogunbiyi however has issues that may work against him in the forthcoming primaries, as he has been accused of abandoning his supporters after the election, being too assertive and independent-minded who could become high-handed if given power.

Some party members also accused him of not doing enough to rescue the former Chairman of the Osun State PDP during his trying period

Dele Adeleke
Young Dele Adeleke came to prominence during the 2018 governorship election result collation, when he was the returning officer for his uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

His five-star performance in the face of intimidation during election result collation warmed him to the heart of the teeming youths of the state.

A thoroughbred professional, Dele has over two decades of a flourishing career in the banking industry. And as the face of the youth, he has been a unifying factor between the group led by his uncle and that of the former chairman of the party.

He has been a peacemaker and for this reason, many called on him to come and rescue the party. With the family’s huge support from their hometown; Ede, this could be a great advantage.

The above notwithstanding, a good number of members of the group that suffered from the vindictive posture of his uncle are still not comfortable with him, believing he could tow the path of his uncle, while others believe he could bow to family pressure and withdraw from the race

Dotun Babayemi
Dotun Babayemi came to the limelight through his program, Alafia Dotun, a free medical program that has impacted on the lives of a lot of people across the state.

His political adventure, during the 2018 governorship election in Osun State, when he was a major sponsor of the ADP and in 2019, when he contested on the party’s platform for the Osun West Senatorial District, where he garnered 44, 000 votes, an unprecedented feat for new party, is a testament to the level of his level of acceptance in the state.

Dotun however later joined the Peoples Democratic Party and showed interest in running for the senatorial seat.

The aspirant, who schooled in Nigeria, England and the United States, is a lawyer and an entrepreneur with over 20,000 staff under his direction.

Popularly called Omoba Dotun Babayemi (ODB), born December 5, 1966 to the family of late (Oba) Dr Solomon Babayemi, who was the immediate past Olufi of Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area, State of Osun, he currently sits atop a group of companies, Fort Knox Group, with interests in security solutions and telecommunications.

Though Dotun is not new to politics, he is not well-rooted in the politics of the PDP, while many also see him as too polished for the kind of politics played in Osun State. He however has a mass appeal due to his philanthropic gestures and is believed to be a major force in the forthcoming election, taking into consideration the large voting strength of his local government, Ayedaade.

Sanya Omirin
Sanya Omirin is a former Chairman of Atakumosa East Local Government Area of Osun State and a former Commissioner of the Revenue and Fiscal Mobilization Commission. He is a grassroots mobilizer and a stabilizing factor in the party.

An entrepreneur with an interest in the hospitality industry and farming, Omirin’s strength is in the firm control of his local government and great showing in his federal constituency
Sanya is however from Ijesa South Federal Constituency where Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the immediate former governor of the state hails from. Many are of the opinion that the Ijesa already had their eight years as governor and should allow other areas of the state to have their turn.

It is also believed that the voting strength of his local government is another disadvantage for him.

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Our Best is Yet to Come – LG Boss, Otunba Kehinde Oloyede Reassured Residents

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In the last five months that Otunba Kehinde Oloyede assumed office as the chairman Oshodi/Isolo local government area Oshodi-Isolo has remained a place to be while in Lagos. Commercial bus drivers, residents, tanker drivers, motor park boys and traders all hail Otunba Kendoo for providing a good road network for both drivers and passersby to navigate through to their destinations. The beautifully built gutters have reassured the residents of a malaria-free environment and also a means to achieve the cleaner Lagos initiative agenda. 
Oshodi, which used to be volatile when it comes to security, has been experiencing peace as the chairman believes, a peaceful environment guarantees economic prosperity. With his track records, this is the only time that the peace-loving people of Oshodi-isolo, regardless of their tribe and tongues go about their business without fear of intimidation according to political stalwarts. As a true grassroots administrator, the council boss has demonstrated his support for inclusiveness as he ensured that the Community Development Committee, marketers, artisans and the youth are an integral parts of his government.
According to the Chairman, education, youth empowerment and training will top the priority of the administration this year saying “What the residents witnessed in our first five months in office is just a tip of the iceberg. Our best is yet to come as we are not ready to relent on the good work we have started.” Buttressing his point, he said “We know that performance is very key to continuity, so we are not ready to back down on our promises.” he reassured
If you recall, the council boss while campaigning promised to deliver 20 roads for the people of Oshodi within his first 100 days, he has surprisingly delivered 24 and still counting. On the water project, Oloyede has also beamed his positive searchlight on potable drinking water for all residents, he has constructed 12 pipe-bore hole water across all the seven (7) wards of the local government. The water project is solar-powered and a community-centered management system.
As if that was not enough, on education, the council helmsman has declared a state of emergency on education as he decried the deplorable state of the public schools in the local government. As a way of ensuring the schools get adequate attention, he has asked for first-hand information and assessment of the schools. To start, He had given over 400 free GCE forms to indigent residents of the council.
Otunba Oloyede has in a matter of fulfilling his electoral promises on improving education standards through the digitalization of learning, presented digital tools which include a walkie-talkie, smart flat-screen television set, projector, printer, stabilizer and others to Bolade Junior Grammar school. The school was declared the best school in Nigeria. They made us proud.
Health they say is wealth, Otunba was worried by the comatose nature of the health facilities in the council, Oloyede swung into action, purchased 2 new ambulances for the use of the various health care centres in the council with a promise to deliver on other decaying infrastructures in the hospitals.

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Why I appointed my son Babajide as DG, PPIMU- Gov. Akeredolu explains

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has officially sworn in his son, Babajide Akeredolu, as the Director-General of the Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit (PPIMU). Babajide was sworn in alongside 14 commissioners, and seven special advisers at a ceremony that took place yesterday in Akure on Monday, December 13, 2021.

According to the Governor, the PPMIU was established to recalibrate his administration’s development agenda, and assist in ensuring value for all resources deployed by the government.

The agency will design and implement a project management monitoring, and evaluation platform for the governor’s office to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the execution of the Ondo State 8-point agenda.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, Akeredolu said, “This administration has been engaging members of the young generation on whose tender shoulders the future of this great country rests. We will continue to engage worthy youths regardless of the degree of affinity or otherwise. Only the fit and proper will join us.

It is our resolve to invite anyone with the requisite expertise to solve specific problems. We are indeed lucky that amidst the plenitude of highly qualified men and women in the state, we have been able to choose the members of the state executive council.

These new appointees met the shortlist, either through positive recommendations by eminent personalities in the state or by sheer hard work, professionalism and unalloyed loyalty to our administration and the state.”

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Oshodi-Isolo Chairman, Otunba Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede Commends Members of Red Star Foundation, Awards Scholarship for 12 Students

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The yearly scholarship and mentorship programme of the foundation is meant to assist indigent students in the Oshodi-Isolo council area. The Council Boss gave the commendation on Tuesday at the year 2021 scholarship of the Foundation where he appealed to the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the scholarship. Otunba Oloyede who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gbenga Soloki, appreciates the foundation for the concept, urging all other corporate organizations to follow suit in ensuring that indigent students are encouraged, supported and uplifted to be successful in life.
He said; “let me firstly commend the entire leadership of the Red star Foundation for this laudable initiative. It’s a novel idea and we, are proud that such is happening in our local government. It’s on this note that I want to appeal to other corporate organizations to take a cue from this and replicate such in order to uplift and support indigent but brilliant pupils. I equally want to advise the beneficiaries of today to ensure they make use of the support properly, they should refrain from acts capable of derailing them in their academic pursuit.”
The council chairman equally appealed to the parents of the awardees to continue to mentor them properly and monitor their academic performance in order to justify the gesture from the foundation. Speaking at the presentation of the scholarship awards to the students, the representative of the Red Star Foundation said the aim of the organisation for the scholarship is meant to assist indigent students go to school seamlessly.
The awardees appreciated the foundation for finding them worthy of the scholarship as they promise to make judicious use of it.

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