AREGBESOLA’S UNIQUE CAMPAIGN FLAG OFF
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, will not cease to amaze many. He likes to do things in a unique way without caring whose ox is gored. He likes to take the battle to the doorsteps of his opponents. The other day in Ilesa, his hometown he said, his opponents lacked the capacity to rig the election if that is what they are out to do. And he warned them against attempting to do so, saying “we would destroy them peacefully if they try it”. He showed his class again recently and demonstrated that the people are truly with him.
When last Tuesday he inaugurated his campaign for reelection in the forthcoming August 9 election, Aregbesola headed for Ile-Ife, the hometown of his main rival in the election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate. A mammoth crowd received the governor and his party. In fact the Ile-Ife Technical College, venue of the campaign flag-ogg was filled to capacity. Aregbesola’s first port of call was the Enuwa Palace of the Oooni of Ife, Onirisa Oba Okunade Sijuwade. Oba Sijuwade hailed the governor for his achievements in all sectors. The traditional ruler said the election is not a do or die affair, but a civil exercise for the people to choose their leaders. At the rally proper, the governor called on the people to observe a minute’s silence to pray for the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls. Aregbesola said he had performed in office in his first term but needed a second term to consolidate on good governance. As characteristic of him, he sang and danced to various juju and fuji songs to drive home his point.
AT LAST ADELEKE PORTS TO APC
Many had doubted if he would ever jump ship, if he would ever port from PDP to APC. But eventually he made good his threat. Former Osun State Governor Isiaka Adeleke made good his resolve to quit the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress at the weekend. He has been rumoured to be angling to join APC since he bowed out of Osun governorship primaries on the eve of the contest, claiming he could not guarantee the safety of his supporters and associates. He had also alleged that the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and his associates heckled him at the Ideal-Nest Hotel in Osogbo before the primary election. Was there a deal between Adeleke and Governor Rauf Aregbesola and APC leaders in the South-west to facilitate the deal? It’s not clear yet, but truth is Adeleke is eager to go back to the Senate where he represented Osun West from 2003 to 2007. Has the former governor been assured of the senatorial seat now? Its not yet clear. But one thing is certain though, Adeleke’s departure from PDP does not bode well for Omisore in the August 9 governorship election.
WHEN OTEDOLA BROUGHT JONATHAN, OBASANJO TOGETHER
The late Lagos State Governor Michael Otedola did something in death: he brought President Goodluck Jonathan and his estranged political godfather, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, together at his burial. Not exactly though. This is because even though they greeted each other, each one of them kept a straight face as they seated on the front row close to the casket of the late Otedola. Close to Jonathan was his buddy and son of the late governor, Femi Otedola and his wife while sitting next to Obasanjo was First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan. There was no communication between Obasanjo and Dame Jonathan. It was all during the requiem mass at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Epe in Lagos State. The service came a day after President Obasanjo granted an interview to Channels Television where he picked holes in the claim of Chief of Defence Staff that the Nigerian military had located where the abducted Chibok girls are been kept. Obasanjo had been engaged in some backdoor discussion with some Boko Haram contacts over the possible release of the abducted schoolgirls. In the interview with Channels, he showed his anger that human rights activist Shehu Sani blew the lid on the meeting with Obasanjo when he (Obasanjo) had not told Jonathan he was engaged in the discussion.