The race for Osun governorship election is steadily gathering momentum .It promises to be a battle of the titans ; campaign razzmatazz and glib arguments , routines of the electioneering seasons, are now at the top gear. But the voters are not ready to be dazzled by the above . Grounded in deep frustration they alleged , ,the politicians are behind their tales of woes .
According to a labour leader, who craved for anonymity, only those candidates , who could key into the mood of the voters and with trust and character , would get the necessary attention . ‘’ They want a governor with the necessary potentials to create visible signs of economic growth within the shortest possible time in office ;they are longing for a leader who is patently in command of the economy and could release the state from its stagnant position. As at now the economy of the state is stranded.’’ This may not be misplaced . Falling standard of living , the hunger and frustration that hang on the falling real income ;the growing debt , raw social divisions ,and moral drift are the realities on ground .And only a leader that can carefully match the above mood of the voters can find a space in their thinking , i.e concentrate their minds on the real imperative ,to tackle the current social economic debacle
Moreover , the issue of this election is on trust of character and intellectual capacity . Only candidates that can justify this trust can restore confidence of the electorates on the people welfare and well being
The state civil servants are at the centre of this ongoing agitations for a benevolent and capable governor More so, they have overarching influence on who becomes the next number one citizen in September by their number along with their family members . They seem to be tired of the ruling party which they accused to be behind their tales of woes . Though Gboyega Oyetola ,the APC candidate for the september election is capable gong by his background as a seasoned professional ,however , his party may not sell him all things being equal particularly with ugly experiences of the workers and the entire populace under Aregbesola . The APC is expected to pay dearly for its unfulfilled electoral promises as baggage in the forth-coming election.Now all attentions are now towards Ademola Adeleke , the candidate of the opposition party , PDP .
Ademola Adeleke is an astute business man and administrator. Before his foray into politics, he was the Group Executive Director at Pacific Holdings Limited from 2001-2016 where he was responsible for the organization’s business expansion, strategic planning, policy formation and review. His finance and administrative skills were also leverage in same capacity. Prior to joining Pacific Holdings Limited, Ademola had worked with Quicksilver Courier Company in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as a Service Contractor in 1985-1989 and was responsible for efficient service delivery
covering over 780 residences and businesses. He progressed to Origin International LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, USA a flavours and fragrance manufacturing company as Vice President from 1990-1994 and also served as a Director for Six years in Guinness Nigeria Plchttps://www.guinness-nigeria.com/ between 1992-1998.
. . . The incumbent governor Aregbesola has a belief that the present economic misfortune of the state is a national calamity .But ,no doubt, he has bastardized it This has led to his deep political unpopularity ..Fiscal policy ,meanwhile ,has been all at sea . The state debt has grown astronomically without the expected correlations in terms of development .
Aregbesola is and has been at his wit end on this fundamental imperative . . Aregbesola’s emergence seven years ago undoubtedly, came with a lot of hopes and expectations. The governor’s tenure also came with revelations, frequent controversies and turbulence. Certainly, the governor who cut his political teeth under the famous former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu weathered almost all the storm his governorship generated. At least, no body or group was able to impeach him.. Now, as Aregbesola prepares to hand over to a successor, a major battle awaits him. Interestingly, the political terrain has changed remarkably in Osun and beyond. Apart from the preponderance of new enemies even within, Aregbesola’s All Progressives Congress, APC, must prepare to face the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in a final and ultimate test for popularity and relevance.
Aregbesola’s critics have severally criticised him of many sins. Prominent among them is his dictatorial tendencies and the Osun School Reclassification programmes that almost tore the state apart. During this period, the governor, unfortunately took steps that were discriminatory against a particular religion in his quest for solutions to the religious crisis. There was also the bizarre introduction of Ifa as a subject in Osun schools and what many consider as the governor’s unpopular creation of Local Council Development Authorities, LCDA’s across the state. There are also issues around what they describe as the governor’s lack of consultation before making appointments and the gradual pauperization of Osun people. Even among staunch supporters of the governor in the state’s factionalised APC, there is fear of the PDP because of the ruling party’s dwindling fortunes. The situation is even made worse by the growing suspicion of imposition of candidate from outside
Aregbesola has failed woefully to secured economic health for the state . Only a governor who enables the people to be highly skilful, independent economic oriented, not the one that relies on the federal allocation can succeed in Osun. For the past eight years ,the incumbent governor has proved resoundingly to be dead to new ideas or bereft of new ones . Aregbesola is spent and his party with him . . The man , tired to distractions and out of ideas has become a prey to charlatans whose socio- economic rostrums have failed the people and rub salt on the state wounds .The only messiah expected is the one with high level of moral authority with a sense and wisdom of economic revival .This may not be farfetched . The unwritten rule of the government is that ,as the economy goes , so goes everything else .