Analysis of Osun APC Governorship Aspirants from Iwoland By Yusuff Mutalub Ola-Gold
The APC Political party in Osun State has many candidates wishing to represent the flag of the party in the forthcoming election. Also, the West Senatorial District as one of the favourite districts to have a flag bearer in the OSUN 2018 Election. The post will analyse the strength of each candidate from Iwo Land.
APC is the current administrator of Osun State by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. The political party will be fighting to remain on the seat by flagging a credible candidate.
Let’s go through the strength analysis of the APC governorship aspirants from Iwo land below.
APC Governorship Aspirants
Ayoade Afolabi Lawal is probably the youngest of all the aspirants from Iwoland and his youthfulness has continued to be one of his greatest strengths.
Before he clocked 40, he rose to the peak of his career as a chemical engineer working with the international organization like Chevron, Exon Mobil to mention few before he established his own business conglomerates. He is the CEO, Cubitec Engineering Ltd, a business empire that is into oil and gas, real estate, procurement and project management.
Ayoade Lawal is the Founder of Opomulero Osun, a socio-cultural organization that has helped in empowering hundreds of citizens of Osun State.
He has a deep experience and exposure having worked in both public and private sectors. He’s from Ago Adumode, Iwo while his mother hails from Geesi ruling house in Ile Ife which made him have a cult follower in Ile Ife. He is also an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.
Ayoade Afolabi Lawal has promised an aggressive industrialisation of Osun if elected come September 2018.
He’s a member of the ruling party, APC. He has a strong national and international network which made prosecution of his ambition easier. He’s a new breed in politics.
2. Engr Mumini Rafiu Olabanji
Engr Mumini Rafiu Adekunle Olabanji is a household name in Osun state, born by an influential politician, Alh Olabanji, a former Chairman of the defunct AD in Iwo Local Government.
Engr Mumini was born in 1972 in Iwo and graduated from Federal Polytechnic, Bida as a civil engineer. He has a post-graduate certificate from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. He joined the Civil service more than 17 years ago and rose to the position of Manager, Federal Capital Territory Water Board, Gwarinpa Area Office. Also, he has decades of experience in agriculture and construction. He’s an entrepreneur and employer of labour.
One of his strengths is his youthfulness and being able to connect with older and younger political class. He also understands the nitty-gritty of grassroots politics being a son of a political gladiator in Osun.
Engr Mumini Rafiu Adekunle Olabanji, Akíkanjú as he’s fondly called is a silent achiever who has touched hundreds of lives through his humanitarian activities. He’s the National Coordinator of Center for Productive Visionary Leadership and an Ambassador of Global Peace Ambassador of Nigeria.
He is an experienced engineer. He has handled a good number of projects for national and international agencies in Abuja and throughout the country. He’s responsible for coordinating all technical activities in the distribution of water to major part of Abuja.
EMO is contesting on the platform of APC and he’s determined to replace Rauf Aregbesola come September.
3. Alh Adeoti Moshood Olalekan
Alhaji Moshood Adeoti is an astute politician who has distinguished himself over the years. Sheehuuu, as he’s fondly called by his supporters, is a grassroots politician of great repute
Alhaji Adeoti was born more than 60 years ago in Iwo and studied Business Administration at the University of Benin.
Adeoti is a political icon who has proven himself beyond reasonable doubt to be a manager of human and resources. He is known for being a man with depth knowledge of nurturing political parties from nothing to something.
In addition, he started his political career more than three decades ago. He is a progressive politician right from UPN to SDP to UCNP to AD till APC. In 1988, he was elected as a Councillor in Iwo Local Government. Also, he was later appointed as Local Government Supervisor in 1991 under the regime of Chief GK Iromini. He later emerged as the coordinator of National Conference of Local Government Supervisor, Osun State Chapter between 1991 and 1993. He also served as caretaker Chairman of Iwo Local Government for one year (2002-2003).
Alh Adeoti in one of his biggest political breakthrough defeated almighty Sen Sunday Fajinmi to become the state Chairman of Alliance for Democracy, a party that later metamorphosed to Action Congress. He was retained as the pioneer state Chairman of the party, a party Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola used to contest in 2007.
Adeoti was incarcerated after the violence that greeted the 2007 election but he was consistent and determined throughout the legal battle that returned the mandate of Aregbesola.
Alh Moshood Olalekan Adeoti was appointed the Secretary to the State Government since 2010.
Sheehuuu has one unique selling proposition and that’s his ability to relate to people of grassroots cutting across all divides.
4. Engr Lere Oriolowo
Engr Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo was born more than 60 years ago in Iwo, Osun State. He retired as a Permanent Secretary in the Civil service of Osun state.
Engr Oriolowo attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan with Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and also attended the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He’s a lover of an advocate of the dignity of labour, integrity, etiquette and personal behavioural management.
Engr Lere Oriolowo started his civil service career from old Oyo State Agricultural Development Project. He later rose to the position of General Manager and Osun State Agricultural Development Cooperation.
Besides being a civil servant, he is a technocrat and a practising Farmer. As a development project manager, he pioneers and headed many externally funded development projects in Osun. Presently he’s the current Project Coordinator of the World Bank /French Development Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP-2) in Osun state.
Engr Oriolowo has travelled to more than 20 countries of the world for different training in project management and coordination.
He’s contesting on the platform of APC.
The OSUN APC is set to lift the ban on political activities in the state. Let’s wait and see the flow of the game.