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Ogbeni Aregbesola: A Metaphor For Selfless Service
By Igbotako Nowinta


Published February 11th, 2015


‘‘Ogbeni Governor has exercised real power and achieved changes that dwarf the moon. Propelled by the extraordinary and moving determination of the people of Osun state who craved for change and democratic prosperity, Mr Governor has shown that he is indeed loaded with destiny,possibilities and purpose. For Mr Governor of the state of Osun, the best is yet to come’’ Quoted in Nowinta's book: OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA(In the foot steps of Obafemi Awolowo) page 107.

 

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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 (PDP).

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 won.

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


 
 
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