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Osun Governorship: Done And Dusted

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With the victory of Governor Gboyega Oyetola at the Supreme Court on Friday, the All Progressives Congress can now breathe peacefully.

It has been “Inu fo, Aya fo” as Yoruba will put it for Oyetola and APC in Osun in the last few days to the judgment over the gubernatorial election in the State.

The Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke had won at the election tribunal but lost the case at the Appeal Court, which affirmed the election of Oyetola.

The judgment at the appellate court threw PDP off balance. The expectation of the PDP was that the appellate court would toe the line of the tribunal, judging by the past records.

Of course, nobody could read the mind of Oyetola from his face, the man must have been sitting on a hot seat at the Osun State Governor’s Office.

On Friday, there was an indication that the judgment would favour Oyetola due to the heavy presence of policemen and operatives of the Department of State Service in the State capital, Osogbo.

They were stationed to prevent any untoward action of the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Now, Oyetola has just become a governor, done and dusted by the supreme court verdict. It signifies an end to the ambition of Adeleke for now.

Adeleke has spent more time dancing than perfecting the strategy that could win him the gubernatorial seat .

He ought to have known that the APC had perfected all strategies to stop him at all cost from ruling the State of Osun.

Adeleke’s personality has eroded him of the chance to unseat a more refined and cerebral Oyetola whose comportment had quickly endeared him to the “Omoluabi” residents of Osun.

As a matter of fact, there have been mass defection from PDP to APC since Oyetola became the governor.

This was affirmed on Friday as there was only jubilation but no protest in the State. In Osogbo, Ile-Ife and Ilesha, APC supporters trooped out in mass to celebrate the victory of Oyetola at the Supreme Court.

Expectedly, there was calm in Ede, the stronghold and home town of Adeleke. This did not lead to public unrest. The peace in Osun is maintained.

Osun and Oyo States have always taken the same lane because
of their political affiliation but the Friday judgment has separated them for now.

Oyo is now a PDP State while Osun is APC but they will work together as one entity when it comes to promoting the southwest agenda.

With Oyetola on board, the residents will expect him to correct the errors of his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The former governor ran an elitist administration. He built infrastructure but to the detriment of human capacity development.

Workers were owed months of salaries while education nearly ran into comatose with his policy on “Same Uniform” for all schools in the State.

He built bridges where there was no need for such. A good example is the Gbongan to Osogbo Bridge. Though beautiful, it has not served any meaningful purpose.

Oyetola should concentrate on how to build human capacity instead of walls. He should come up with initiatives to increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the State.

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