By Dapo Akinrefon
Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State will no doubt be determined by certain factors and stakeholders across the state.
The frontline political parties, All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party. PDP, have deployed their bigwigs and at the same time, expect them to throw their weights around to ensure their candidates coast home to victory.
IFE Omisore PDP
Omisore is believed to wield large influence in Ife.
Having participated in the electioneering process executive had echoed negatively in the opinion of some based on his past. But no one among the party elders doubted his strength on ground and capacity to fight. However, with some Southwest party elders and presidency officials looking beyond the gubernatorial election to the general elections of next year, it was the opinion of some that Omisore could be a great risk.
Sen Omoworare APC
Senator Babajide Omoworare represents Osun East Senatorial District in the Senate.
Omoworare, who was an active participant in Lagos politics, was able to wrest power from Senator Omisore in 2011.
He has been able to entrench the APC in the Ife axis and would be expected to throw his weight around in Saturday’s election.
Mr Rotimi Mankinde APC
Nollywood actor turned politician, Mr Rotimi Makinde has shown that he has what it takes to secure votes for the APC.
Mankinde represents Ife Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
IkirePeter Babalola APC
Formerly referred to as Peter Power, the former Chief of Staff to Oyinlola is addressed as Peter Action) APC. He dumped the PDP few months before the Court of Appeal declared Ogbeni Aregbesola governor in 2010.
A grassroots politician in Ikire, Babalola is the chairman, Local Government Service Commission.
Akogun Lere Oyewunmi PDP
Oyewunmi was a former chairman of Irewole Local Government Area. He was elected member of the House of Representatives, representing Irewoke and Isokan Federal constituency of Osun State.
Having been a two- term Chairman of the Council between 2004 and 2007, Oyewunmi remains a grassroots politician in Ikire.
He still holds sway in Ikireland.
OKUKU Olagunsoye Oyinlola APC
Until recently, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola was the leader of the PDP in Osun State.
But the failure by President Goodluck Jonathan to reinstate him as National Secretary of the PDP made the Prince of Okuku to formally dump the party last Tuesday. With his defection, Oyinlola will throw his weight around to secure votes for his one time nemesis, Aregbesola, not only in his hometown, Okuku but around the state.
Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees and a former Deputy National chairman of the party. He will be battling with Oyinlola for the votes of Okuku on behalf of Omisore.
ILESHA Aregbesola APC
There is no doubt that Ogbeni Aregbesola remains a force to reckon with in the politics of the state. The Ijesha born politician would be an issue for every one going out in Ijeshaland to vote tomorrow.
Erelu Olusola Obada PDP
Erelu Olusola Obada is the erstwhile Minister of State for Defence.
Obada also served as deputy governor to Prince Oyinlola. After being shown the way out of Jonathan’s cabinet, Obada has maintained a low key in the state. At the state chapter of the PDP, it is believed that the former minister’s influence has been whittled down. As such, she may find it difficult to throw her weight around for the PDP.
Oluwole Oke PDP
Mr Oluwole Oke was one if the PDP governorship aspirants that tried to get the PDP flag but failed to do so.
He has since joined forces with Omisore to fight the Aregbesola’s APC. He is a leading light in the Ilesha axis having been a member of the House of Representatives. He can only minimally help Omisore in Illesha where Aregbesola is believed to be very strong.
Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan, Minister of Police Affairs.
Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan is the Minister of Police Affairs.
He is a staunch loyalist of the PDP candidate, Sen Omisore.
It is an open secret that it was Omisore that single handedly sent his name to the president as a ministerial nominee to replace Obada in the federal cabinet. Adesiyan would be a great influence in tomorrow’s election especially given his position as minister of police affairs.
Sen Olasunkanmi Akinlabi PDP
Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi was Minister for Youth Affairs. He threw his hat into the ring to fly the PDP flag but was denied. Though he was bitter with the process that saw Omisore emerge as the party’s flag bearer, he decided to support the latter’s ambition.
He is expected to mobilise support for Omisore in his hometown.
OSOGBO Grace Tomori-Laoye APC
Mrs Grace Laoye-Tomori is the deputy governor of Osun state and she is expected to lead the APC forces in Osogbo, which has the largest number of registered voters in the state.
Women are expected to form a major block in her mobilisation drive.
Sen Bayo Salami APC
Another top notch of the APC in this axis is Senator Bayo Salami, who is known to be a grassroots mobiliser for the party. Senator Salami who represented the Alliance for Democracy, AD in the Senate between 1999 and 2003 has lately revived his political machine in support of the APC candidate.
Gani Olaoluwa PDP
Leading the PDP pack is a former chairman of Osogbo local government area, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa. Olaoluwa is also the state chairman of the PDP.
His grassroots experience will be brought to bear in tomorrow’s election as he leads the battle on behalf of Omisore in the state capital.
ILA ORANGUN AKANDE APC
Chief Adebisi Akande is the erstwhile national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Before then, he was governor of the state between 1999 and 2003. His political image still looms large in the state and especially in his area and is expected to give the APC a push in Ila.
Senator Sola Adeyeye APC
Professor Sola Adeyeye represents Osun Central Senatorial district in the Senate. He also doubles as the Director-General of the Aregbesola campaign Organisation and he is also expected to help the Aregbesola momentum.
Mr. Sunday Akere APC
Mr. Sunday Akere is the commissioner for information in the state. His appointment as Information Commissioner endeared the people of Ikirun to the APC led government.
Prince Bola Ajao is the state publicity secretary of the PDP. Ajao was a former chairman of Ifelodun local council area.
As a former council boss, he is expected mobilize the people to vote for his party.
EJIGBO Mr Najeem Salaam APC
Mr. Salaam is the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly and a leading APC bigwig. Salaam is believed to be a grassroots politician in his hometown of Ejigbo.
IWO Adeoti APC
Alhaji Moshood Adeoti is the Secretary to the State Government, SSG.He is a leading force in Iwo for the APC and he has been able to attract development to his town.
Alhaji Fatai Akinade Akinbade, who is contesting on the ticket of the Labour Party was at one time the leading political force in the area, having served the Oyinlola administration as government scribe.
Before then, he was the PDP State chairman. As chairman, he was part of the forces that brought down the Akande administration and sent the AD into oblivion.
Akinbade is also a complete grassroots politician, as he loves to make people around him happy in any way he can. However, given the serious contention between Aregbesola and Omisore, it is doubtful whether his people would not consider it a waste to vote for him.
Mr Gboyega Oyetola is the Chief of Staff to Aregbesola.
He is known to be a grassroots politician and he intends to bring that to the fore at the polls.
Segun Adewusi, SDP
Mr. Segun Adewusi is the immediate past head of service.
Mr. Segun Akinwusi is the governorship candidate for Social Democratic Party, SDP.
He was with the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, before he recently crossed over to SDP.
The Modakeke-born retired civil servant turned politician, never knew politics, or what it takes to play the game, until about a year ago.
He is not expected to make much impact in his ward.
Adeleke APC He is the first civilian gov
ernor of Osun State. Until recently, he was a leader in the PDP, before decamping to the APC. Senator Isiaka Adeleke remains a leading light in the ancient town of town.
Having jumped ship, together with his loyalists, Adeleke is resolved to deliver Ede town, which has the second largest voting bloc in the state to his new found love.
Mr Adejare Bello PDP
Mr Adejare Bello is a two term Speaker of the State House of Assembly of the state.
Incidentally, he is the running mate to the PDP flag bearer, Senator Omisore.
He will be leading the PDP pack to the poll and the prospects of the state producing a deputy governor would be a serious temptation for the people as they go to the polls tomorrow.