The Desperate Jostle for Governor Aregbesola’s Job!

Before the entry of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, many had thought that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had narrowed the race for its governorship ticket to the trio of Otunba Iyiola Omisore, Hon Oluwole Oke and Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi.
Oke was the Chairman of the House of Reps Committee on Defence while Akinlabi was once the Minister for Youth Development. Omisore on the other hand was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation.
The widely held belief was that the odds for the PDP ticket favoured Senator Omisore more than any other aspirant.
A number of factors are believed to be working in Omisore’s favour. Apart from his clout in the state, Senator Omisore is known to be well connected to the national arm of the PDP. The appointment of one of his close allies, Jelili “Jalo” Adesiyan as the Minister for Police Affairs points to the fact that Omisore is indeed a force to reckon with in the Osun State arm of the party.
Omisore might also have found his way into the good books of the party as one of its major financiers in the state. Street Journal gathered that he donated the secretariat currently being used by the party in the state.
AJalopart from Adesiyan the new Minister, one other bigwig known to be in Omisore’s camp is Prof Wale Oladipo, the Acting National Secretary of the party.
And as far as elections are concerned, many of his supporters believe he is capable, they readily remind whoever cares to listen that “Chrishore was in detention when he won election into the Senate.”
As close as he seems to be to getting the ticket however, there are factors many believe could work against him. One of such is the fact that though he is an Ife man, it is being peddled around his hometown that the relationship between him and the Ooni cannot be said to be very cordial. It was said that some years back, the former Deputy Governor did some things to wrong the Ooni of Ife and till date, no one is sure whether the monarch has forgiven him or not.
POLITICS-1/DOCUMENT/PHOTO LIBRARY/OYINLOLAThe internal crisis within the PDP is another factor that could work against Omisore’s candidature. Street Journal’s findings revealed that the cold war between Omisore and the immediate past Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola did not just start. It has been on for years. Checks revealed that Omisore has always had his eyes on the governorship. His gubernatorial intent and nomination forms were swapped with those of Prince Oyinlola back in 2002 when Oyinlola had the intention of going to the Senate. The primary reason then was the calculation that the “Bola Ige factor” might work against Omisore’s ambition and jeopardize the party’s chances against the then Alliance for Democracy which was ruling in the state.
It must however be noted that till date, the “Bola Ige factor” remains a vital and relevant issue in the politics of Osun State. Not only has it always come up anywhere Omisore campaigns, it was raised in the Senate chamber when Adesiyan was being screened for a ministerial position; an indication that though Omisore was exonerated by the courts of law, again, he would have questions to answer in the court of public opinion.
Moreover, the last senatorial election was all it took to prove that Omisore was not politically invincible after all. He was floored by Senator Jide Omoworare when he sought to be re-elected into the Senate.
Another thing that might also change the face of the governorship primaries of the PDP is the entrance of Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, a former Governor into the race.
Adeleke, fondly referred to as Serubawon too has a number of things that might work in his favour. In terms of experience, Adeleke is the man to beat. Back in the Third Republic, as a young man in his 30s, he was elected the first Executive Governor of Osun State. Till date, he holds sway and is a heavyweight in Ede where he hails from. There have been insinuations that he entered the race after being assured of backing from the presidency.
It is believed in some quarters that the Presidency and the PDP would not want to leave anything to chance as far as winning the South West is concerned; hence the need to focus on Ekiti and Osun States.
With the Bola Ige issue and its moral burden on Senator Omisore, analysts have posited that the PDP might be shopping for someone free of controversy to fly its flag in the election.
Meanwhile, the race was taken to another level recently when violence rocked the election of delegates for the ward congresses of the PDP in some local governments in the state. Not only did Senator Adeleke accuse the Omisore camp of assaulting his supporters, he claimed he was personally assaulted physically by Senator Omisore and Alhaji Adesiyan.
The Omisore Campaign organization however issued a reaction signed by Mr. Diran Odeyemi, the Media Director. In the statement, it was disclosed that Senator Adeleke was the aggressor. Odeyemi stated that “first, security reports confirmed that the ex-governor stormed the hotel with thugs armed to the teeth. Two, he confessed that he freed political thugs arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security on the grounds that they are his men. Three, he confessed that he went to where the minister and Senator Omisore were sitting to confront the minister over the arrest of political thugs.
Odeyemi went on that “these initial admissions by the former governor confirmed three realities. First, he breached the law by intervening and disrupting the functions of law enforcement operatives. Two, he forcefully and illegally freed arrested suspects with the security operatives. Three, he personally moved to where a minister of the Federal Republic was sitting with his colleagues to confront him and the other aspirant, a former deputy governor of the state.
On these three counts alone, Adeleke is clearly the aggressor. On his charging at the minister, security operatives around the minister created a barrier. Another colleague of the minister, who is also a retired Assistant Comptroller General of Customs attempted to pull Adeleke back, but he elbowed him.We affirm that throughout the incident, Senator Omisore maintained his calm even when Adeleke was pouring invectives on him”.
AregbesolaIncidentally, the incumbent Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola too has been putting measures in place to ensure that he emerges victorious at the polls. As far as the candidature of the All Progressives Congress is concerned, it is considered a done deal for Ogbeni.
He is counting on the achievements he has recorded so far to pave way for his re-election. His supporters have not stopped talking about the provision of computer tablets for secondary school students in the state among other feats, including infrastructural development of many parts of the state. While recounting the achievements of the Governor, one of his supporters went on to point out that even the Freedom Park where some of the governorship aspirants declared their intentions to run was constructed by the Aregbesola administration.

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