As a very close watcher of the activities of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,
Governor of the state of Osun, l had long concluded that he will
definitely come out triumphant from the Osun State Governorship
Election Petition Tribunal, where Senator Oyiola Omisore had dragged
him to shortly after he won the August 9th 2014 Osun State
Governorship Election convincingly.
As a veteran human rights and prodemocracy activist, who has written
profusely on political accountability and good governance in Nigeria
and elsewhere,i was cock sure that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will rubbish
and disgrace Senator Iyiola Omisore, who contested the Osun State
Governorship Election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party
As a university trained Peace and Conflict Resolution Practitioner, I
have read between the lines and was absolutely sure too, that the Osun
State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will consign the
fraudulent prayers of Senator Iyiola Omisore and his dubious
abracadabra supporters to the trash can of history, because i knew
Ogbeni Aregbesola, as the undisputed tribune of the people of Osun
State was overwhelmingly popular given his stark pragmatic approach to
leadership and governance.
As a serial researcher and Executive Director of Nigerian Good
Governance Research Centre, where we try to spotlight those Governors
or public office holders, who are bringing positive democratic
dividends to the greatest number of the masses in their respective
states or constituencies,our choice has never been faulted. When we
decided to do a political biography on Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,we knew
he deserved it absolutely. Today, we have been vindicated!
In June 2014, during the thick and thin of the Osun State Governorship
Election campaigns, i visited Ogbeni Aregbesola in his office in
Oshogbo, where he subsequently invited me to attend his campaign
programme in Ede. What i saw in Ede perplexed and convinced me beyond
reasonable doubt that he was a candidate of the masses of Osun State.
After the visit i did a piece-‘A RIDE WITH AREGBESOLA’, in it i
predicted that it would be an upset of the century if Senator Omisore
My prediction became a stunning reality as Ogbeni Aregbesola inflicted
a devastating and humiliating defeat on Senator Omisore and his PDP
desperadoes in Osun state on August 9th 2014.
During the proceedings of the Osun State Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal, i became disturbed and angered by the way Omisore
and his hirelings were carrying themselves; trying to preempt, distort
glaring facts and disturb the orderly sitting. So, i came out with a
piece-‘LEAVE AREGBESOLA ALONE’. In that article i declared that no
amount of black propaganda, browbeating or wicked malicious political
mudslinging against the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state
and Ogbeni Aregbesola will make the Osun State Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal turn impeachable facts on the ground against Ogbeni,
because he indeed won the election without any iota of doubt.
I always wonder why most politicians in Nigeria will always try to get
victory through the back door or by hook or crook, even in the face
of mountainous evidence against them; that they are not popular in
their respective locality or state.
How could an Iyiola Omisore have dreamt of upstaging or dethroning a
formidable personality and character like Ogbeni in Osun state! Gone
are the days unlimited brazen rigging and reckless manipulation of
election results were permitted, when General Olusegun Obasanjo was at
the helm of affairs at Aso Rock Presidential Palace in Abuja. Then a
guy like Omisore was in prison in connection with the brutal murder of
late Chief Bola Ige (former minister of Justice & Attorney General of