Is Zoning ‘Myopic’? Read What Osun Governorship Candidates Think

During the Osun Governorship Debate Organised by Channels Television on Sunday, zoning was one of the issues discussed with candidates from the West Senatorial District insisting it should be the turn of the zone to govern the state, and others disagreeing.

The debate featured the candidates of the of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Fatai Akinbade; Action Democratic Party (ADP), Moshood Adeoti; All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola; and Social Democratic Party (SDP), Iyiola Omisore.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, was invited for the debate but he failed to show up.

Read the responses of the candidates when asked about zoning in the state.

ADC’s Akinbade

I think it all borders on equity. When this state was created, I think everybody was very hopeful that everything will be equitably distributed. But for the Central (Senatorial District) to have already spent 20 years and the East – already eight years is running out. Everybody believes that it should come to our Senatorial District (West). It is not that we do not have the materials; we have very qualified people and we believe we deserve to have a shot.

ADP’s Adeoti

It is an open secret that since 1999, when this republic came into being, West Senatorial District has been deprived of governing this state. In 1999, Chief Bisi Akande was there; he governed the state for four years. We in the Alliance for Democracy then had it in mind that Chief Akande to go for the second term but man proposes and God disposes. Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola won the election in 2003 and he was there for four years… We believe that after 11-and-a-half years for Central and eight years for the East Senatorial District, it is the turn – that is what people are clamouring for – of the West Senatorial District.

APC’s Oyetola

I usually don’t like to get into this controversy, to be honest with you. But if you look at the historical perspective of the state, there is no time zoning has ever been adopted. Even when the state was part of Oyo State, we had a situation where Chief Bola Ige was the governor, Chief (Sunday) Afolabi was the deputy and Chief Bisi Akande was the Secretary. Progressives usually go for the best anywhere it is found. In any case, it is important for all the zones to participate actively in the choice of who rules the state. If the best comes from West or East or Centre, so be it. If Nigerians could be mayors in advanced countries, let the brilliant people in the West (Senatorial District) come out.

PDP’s Omisore

Osun State came into being; the first governor of Osun State came from the West, second and third from the Central, fourth one from the East. That zoning formula has concluded. Whoever becomes governor now, starts the new zoning… I believe that zoning is only myopic, lazy and mediocritic.

#OsunDebate: I’m Ready To Correct Lapses In Implementation Of Policies – Adeoti

A former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) under Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Moshood Adeoti, has promised to correct the lapses in implementation of policies if elected governor of the state.

Adeoti, the governorship candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP), said this on Sunday, during the governorship debate organised by Channels Television.

In response to the question on if he truly referred to the administration of Rauf Aregbesola as wasteful after he left the camp of the incumbent governor, Adeoti said he never described all the efforts of Aregbesola as wasteful.

“During the time that I was in that government, we had some projects which were executed for the benefit of the people of Osun. Not all the projects are bad. Some of the projects we embarked upon were good while some others were bad.

“There was nothing bad in the policies of our administration but when it comes to the implementation state, that is when one problem or the other comes in.

“This is where I am ready to correct the lapses in the implementation of some of these policies,” he said.

Adeoti also stressed that his goal is to bring development and good governance to Osun State.

He added that he will boost the state economy through agricultural revolution.

“My aim is to turn the economy of Osun State around. Regular payment of salaries, job creation, youth empowerment, and agricultural revolution.

“Before the discovery of oil in Nigeria, agriculture was the mainstay of our economy and in order to garner IGR for the state, we have to energise our effort towards rejuvenating the agricultural sector.”

#OsunDebate: I Pray FG Will Search For Killers Of Bola Ige – Omisore

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Iyiola Omisore


The candidate of the Social Democratic Party for the Osun State governorship election, Iyiola Omisore, says he hopes the Federal Government will search for and find the killers of former Minister of Justice, Bola Ige.

The SDP candidate, who was one of those arrested and tried in connection with the murder before being acquitted, said this on Sunday during the Osun Governorship Debate organised by Channels Television.

Asked about the 2001 assassination of Ige, he said, “Iyiola Omisore went through a serious court trial for two and half years; me and colleagues. We were discharged and acquitted by the court of law.

“The Oyo State Government was asked to pay N2bn as damages. We are at the Appeal Court now. So that issue has been closed. I believe that it shouldn’t be an issue that occur every four years during campaigns. After elections now, (they won’t) ask that question anymore. It should be an issue that has been laid to rest.

“I pray the Federal Government will look and search for the killers of Bola Ige and others like (Aminasoari) Dikibo, Funso Williams and others.”

UPDATED: PDP’s Adeleke Fails To Show Up For #OsunDebate

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, has failed to show up at the Osun State Governorship debate organised by Channels Television.

Adeleke’s podium with his name written on it remained vacant from the beginning to the end of the two-hour debate.

The event started at 7:00 p.m with three candidates present. They include Moshood Adeoti, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Iyiola Omisore, Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Fatai Akinbade, African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) later arrived after the national anthem had been recited and the three candidates have introduced themselves, reading their profile.

Oyetola Late For #OsunDebate


Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola failed to arrive on time as Channels TV’s governorship debate commences.

The debate started with the candidates of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Moshood Adeoti; Social Democratic Party (SDP), Iyiola Omisore and African Democratic Congress (ADC), Fatai Akinbade present.

Oyetola later arrived after the national anthem had been recited and the three candidates have introduced themselves, reading their profile.

More to follow…

Live Stream: Osun Governorship Debate

The debate for Osun State governorship candidates organised by Channels Television is currently ongoing.

The candidates are Fatai Akinbade, African Democratic Congress (ADC); Moshood Adeoti, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Gboyega Oyetola, All Progressives Congress (APC); Ademola Adeleke, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Watch the video above…

All Is Set For Channels TV’s #OsunDebate


It’s few hours before the debate organised by Channels Television and its partners for the Osun State Governorship election.

The debate is set to hold by 7:00 pm at Osogbo, the Osun State capital, with five of the governorship aspirants answering questions and presenting the contents of their manifesto to the people of the state.

Five governorship aspirants which include Fatai Akinbade, African Democratic Congress (ADC); Moshood Adeoti, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Gboyega Oyetola, All Progressives Congress (APC); Ademola Adeleke, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) will be debating tonight.

Some residents of Osun State during a brainstorming on the various issues germane to the people said the debate is important to hold aspirants responsible for their promises.

In the pre-debate event held on Saturday in Osogbo, the convener of transition monitoring group and Chair Ward C, Abiola Akiode-Afolabi stresses the importance of an election debate and need for those who want to govern to listen to the yearnings of the people.

“We realise people (politicians) make promises at campaign ground or during a debate, they don’t fulfill those promises.

“This process is to strengthen governance and ensure that when candidates make promises and eventually become governor of the state, we can hold them accountable to their promises,” Akiode-Afolabi said.

She added that promises made by the aspirants at the debate will be noted by the people and will be used against any of the aspirants that eventually wins the election if not fulfilled.

Below is a summary of the profile of each of the aspirants:

The ADP aspirant, Akinbade, is a former Secretary to the Osun State Government. He was also a former Commissioner and former Chairman of the PDP.

Akinbade contested the 2014 governorship election won by the incumbent, Governor Rauf Aregbesola under the banner of Labour Party (LP), after his inability to secure PDP’s ticket.

He returned to the PDP recently to vie for the party ticket but lost to Senator Ademola Adeleke, who polled the total votes of 1569, while Akinbade got 53 votes.

Adeoti recently resigned from the ruling APC and immediately crossed over to the ADP where he partook in the primary and emerged as the party’s candidate.

He also resigned as the Secretary to the Osun State Government (SSG).

Adeoti dumped the APC shortly after the APC primary. He claimed that the leadership of the party, at both the state and national levels, manipulated the primary to favour a preferred candidate.

Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, is also a former Chief of Staff to Governor Of Osun State government under Rauf Aregbesola.

He emerged winner of the party’s first-ever direct primary by polling 127, 017 votes to beat Yusuff Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of representatives, who recorded 21, 975 votes.

Ademola Adeleke of the PDP is a serving Senator representing Osun-west senatorial district of Osun State.

He won a bye-election to occupy the position of his brother late brother, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, who was previously the Senator representing Osun-west.

Senator Iyiola Omisore of the SDP is a former Deputy Governor of Osun State.

He polled 123,485 votes to win the party’s governorship ticket after beating his two other contenders Yemisi Oladeji, 1,802 votes; and  Munrudeen Atanda, 1,637 votes.

Osun residents anticipate listening to the aspirants tonight as they later go to the poll on September 22, 2018, to choose the candidate of their choice.