LEO SEGUN AJIBORISHA

Major General (retired) Leo Segun Ajiborisha served as the first Administrator of Osun State, Nigeria after it was created from part of Oyo State in August 1991 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

One of Ajiborisha’s first actions as Osun Governor was to establish the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation. The radio channel based in Ile-Ife came on air on 25 November 1991 He inaugurated the Osun State Civil Service Commission on 30 September 1991. He handed over to the elected civilian governor Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke in January 1992 at the start of the Nigerian Third Republic.

Later he became Director of Operations, Defence Headquarters, and then Principal Staff Officer to General Abdulsalami Abubakar (1998–1999). As a former military administrator, he was required to retire from the army in June 1999 at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic,

In April 2008 the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission cleared Leo Ajiborisa of allegations of corrupt practices related to acquisition of an oil block by two Lagos-based companies. In 2010 he was President and Chairman-in-Council of the Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria.

ISIAKA ADETUNJI ADELEKE

Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was born on 15 January 1955 to the family of Ayoola Adeleke and Esther Adeleke. He was born in Enugu State and spent his early years in the city until the beginning of the Nigerian civil war. He started his primary education at Christ Church School, Enugu, before moving to Ibadan. He completed his secondary education at Ogbomoso Grammar School. Adeleke holds a Bachelor Of Arts degree, and a master’s degree in public administration. He was chairman, Governing Council, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, pro-chancellor and chairman, Governing Council, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

During the Nigerian third republic, Adeleke ran for governor of the newly created Osun State which was carved out from Oyo State. He was a member of SDP the dominant party in the state. The front runner was a lawyer, Oladipo Oladosu but after a close primary in which Adeleke came second, Adeleke was able to win a runoff. He was then elected the first civilian governor of Osun State in 1992. Notable decisions made by Adeleke was the establishment of a polytechnic at Iree, a college of technology at Esa-Oke and the completion of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation. However, in 1994, after the dissolution of the republic, Adeleke pitched its tent to the opposition group, Afenifere but later switched to join a Democratic Party of Nigeria, a new political party with support from close associates of Abacha. In 2007, Adeleke was elected senator for Osun West. His main competitor was Mudasiru Oyetunde Hussein, standing for the Action Congress. Hussein had spent two terms in the House of Representatives (1999–2007) as a member of the Alliance for Democracy party in a Lagos State constituency, but originated from Osun state. Hussein appealed the election unsuccessfully. Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was appointed to committees on Upstream Petroleum Resources, Integration and Cooperation, Housing and Air Force.

In March 2008, he instituted a scholarship award for about 100 indigene students in tertiary institutions across the country.

In July 2009, as chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke praised the work of the Independent National Electoral Commission, saying “so far INEC has performed creditably well. He has supported the rights of Nigerians living abroad to vote in Nigerian elections.

ANTHONY UDOFIA

Navy Captain (retired) Anthony Udofia served as Administrator of Osun State, Nigeria from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He was reported to have harassed his predecessor, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, stalling his business plans and bugging his telephones. He set up a four-man judicial panel of inquiry, convened on 18 April 1994, to investigate allegations that Adeleke had ordered materials bought for water projects to be sold off to contractors. A severe rainstorm in September 1994 destroyed 400 school buildings across the state. Udofia said that N1 billion would be needed to rehabilitate the schools.

As a former military administrator, he was required to retire from the navy in June 1999 at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic.

ANTHONY OBI

Anthony Obi  was a Nigerian Lt. Colonel who served as Military Administrator of Osun State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He then became Military Administrator of Abia State in August 1998, handing over power to the civilian governor Orji Uzor Kalu in May 1999.

He inherited problems in Osun State with conflict between the Ife and Modakeke people, which periodically erupted into violence. A crisis was triggered when his administration decided to move the local council headquarters from one town to the other. Anthony Obi set up a Royal Committee to make recommendations on resolving the crisis, and declared a seven-day fasting and prayer program in March 1998 concentrating on peace in Ile-Ife.

During his administration of Osun State he commissioned a water corporation office in Ifetedo, but did not provide adequate water supplies. When two factions of the union of Local Government Employees began publishing two rival newsletters, Anthony Obi banned them both.

In September 1998, Lieut. Col. Anthony Obi told reporters that the 31 members of the Provisional Ruling Council and all 36 state military administrators would declare their assets, in line with General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s intention to hand over a clean administration to civilian rulers in May 1999. As administrator of Abia State, he built Camp Neya, a government retreat and golf course in undulating country in Igbere, commissioned on his last day in power on May 28, 1999.

THEOPHILUS BAMIGBOYE

 Theophilus O Bamigboye was born in 1951 in Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government in Kwara State. His brother is Brigadier General David Bamigboye, Military Governor of Kwara State from May 1967 until July 1975. He married the socialite Enitan Allen, who was conspicuous during his tenure as governor of Bauchi and Osun states. They later were divorced.

Theophilus O Bamigboye served as Military Administrator of Bauchi State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He invested in education, constructing primary and secondary schools buildings and providing equipment and improved incentives for teachers. He provided a new permanent site for Bauchi Radio Corporation (BRC). During his tenure Gombe State was created out of Bauchi.

He was appointed Military Administrator of Osun State in August 1998, handing over power to the civilian governor Adebisi Akande in May 1999.

Theophilus Bamigboye entered politics as a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), later moving to the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), and then to the Accord Party. In April 2007 he competed on the Accord Party platform for governorship of Kwara State, without success. At one point in the campaign, gun wielding youths started shooting when Bamigboye was speaking at a rally of his supporters, but he escaped unharmed. Bamigboye appealed the electoral result where Dr Bukola Saraki had won the race for governor, claiming there had been widespread malpractices, corruption, violence, intimidation and exclusion of the photograph and logo of the Accord Party from the ballot papers, but in July 2008 an electoral appeal court upheld Saraki victory.

In September 2009 Theophilus Bamigboye returned to the PDP and was reconciled with Olusola Saraki, father of the incumbent governor. He said that his decision to leave the PDP had been a mistake, and it was time to retrace his steps. He also said he would be willing to serve as governor of Kwara State if needed.

ADEBISI AKANDE

Chief Adebisi Akande was born in Ila Orangun on 16 January 1939 in what is now the Osun Central Senatorial district.He was elected on the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) platform. Akande was described as the nephew of Chief Bola Ige.

Akande was elected governor of Osun State in the 1999 Osun State gubernatorial election, running for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party, which had recently formed as a political arm of the Yoruba socio-cultural organization Afenifere. He succeeded Col. Theophilus Bamigboye, who had been named as the military administrator of the State in August 1998, and who handed over power on 29 May 1999. On 31 May 1999, Akande inaugurated the second Assembly in Osun State.

A November 2001 appraisal of Osun State said that Akande was battling an unfriendly work force, and the state was also troubled by long-standing violence between the Ife and Modakeke clans. However, Akande had implemented his party’s programs for providing free education and free medical care, and had improved water supplies. In late 2003, rival factions of the AD held separate conventions. In the Lagos convention, Akande was elected as AD chairman. In January 2006, the convoy of AD leaders who supported Chief Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa faction instead of Akande as the party’s national chairman was attacked by thugs in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State. In a February 2006 interview, former Senator Moji Akinfenwa verbally attacked Akande and denied that he was head of the AD. Discussing Akande’s feud with his deputy, Iyiola Omisore, he acknowledged that most of the funding for Akande’s governorship campaign was donated by Omisore, but said it was a serious error to have accepted him as a running mate. In June 2005, Akande attended an International Conference on Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria held at the Imperial College, London. In October 2005, Akande visited the US to meet with AD supporters in the Nigerian diaspora.

Speaking in July 2006, Akande attacked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which he implied was not acting impartially. He defended the AD, which he said was stronger even than it had been in 1999. He called for a more decentralized, federal form of government.

Speaking in February 2009, Akande said the only solution to hostage-taking in the Niger Delta area was to give youths employment opportunities, and to involve them in decision making. He cautioned against a military solution, saying in the past the military had looted the nation’s treasury and impoverished the people. Speaking in favour of democracy, he stated that when the AD governors accepted President Olusegun Obasanjo’s request to avoid local council polls, they fell into a trap. Obasanjo was able to select delegates who helped him win the 2003 elections.

In October 2009, the Osun State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, blamed the poor performance of Osun State students in examinations on the administration of Akande, whom he asserted had neglected the schools.

In September 2006, the Akande faction merged with other opposition parties to form the Action Congress Party, which later changed their name to the Action Congress of Nigeria.

His Later Career

In late 2003, rival factions of the AD held separate conventions. In the Lagos convention, Akande was elected as AD chairman. In January 2006, the convoy of AD leaders who supported Chief Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa faction instead of Akande as the party’s national chairman was attacked by thugs in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State. In a February 2006 interview, former Senator Moji Akinfenwa verbally attacked Akande and denied that he was head of the AD. Discussing Akande’s feud with his deputy, Iyiola Omisore, he acknowledged that most of the funding for Akande’s governorship campaign was donated by Omisore, but said it was a serious error to have accepted him as a running mate.

In June 2005, Akande attended an International Conference on Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria held at the Imperial College, London. In October 2005, Akande visited the US to meet with AD supporters in the Nigerian diaspora.

Speaking in July 2006, Akande attacked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which he implied was not acting impartially. He defended the AD, which he said was stronger even than it had been in 1999. He called for a more decentralized, federal form of government.

Speaking in February 2009, Akande said the only solution to hostage-taking in the Niger Delta area was to give youths employment opportunities, and to involve them in decision making. He cautioned against a military solution, saying in the past the military had looted the nation’s treasury and impoverished the people. Speaking in favour of democracy, he stated that when the AD governors accepted President Olusegun Obasanjo’s request to avoid local council polls, they fell into a trap. Obasanjo was able to select delegates who helped him win the 2003 elections.

In October 2009, the Osun State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, blamed the poor performance of Osun State students in examinations on the administration of Akande, whom he asserted had neglected the schools.

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In September 2006, the Akande faction merged with other opposition parties to form the Action Congress Party, which later changed their name to the Action Congress of Nigeria.

In February 2013 the party announced plans to merge with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).

OLAGUNSOYE OYINLOLA

Omoba Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla was born on 3 February 1951 into a royal family in Okuku, in the Odo Ọtin Local Government Area of Ọṣun State. His father, Moses Oyewole Oyinlola, was the traditional ruler (Ọba) of Okuku, reigning from 1934 to 1960.

After leaving secondary school at the age of 18, Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla enlisted in the army in 1969. While in the army, Oyinlọla obtained leave to attend the University of Ife, where he obtained a Diploma in International Relations in 1979. He also obtained a Master of Science in Defense Studies in 1988 from the University of Madras, India. In 1999, Oyinlọla obtained a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan. In 2003, he obtained a law degree from Buckingham University, United Kingdom. In April 2004, the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso made him an honorary Doctor of Civil Law. In April 2006, the Federal University of Technology, Minna, made him an honorary Doctor of Science.[1] He has also been conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws (Osun State University, 2009), LL.D (Honoris Causa) University of Buckingham – 2005; and honorary Doctor of Civil Laws (Lead City University Ibadan – 2010).

Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla enlisted in the Nigerian Army as a Signals corps private in 1969. He attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and was commissioned as an officer in 1971, into the Armoured Corps of the Nigerian Army. He later trained at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, the National War College, Abuja and various military institutions and academies in India, United Kingdom and the United States.

In April 2003, Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla was elected governor of Osun State as a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was reelected in April 2007.

HIS MILITARY CAREER

Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla enlisted in the Nigerian Army as a Signals corps private in 1969. He attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and was commissioned as an officer in 1971, into the Armoured Corps of the Nigerian Army. He later trained at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, the National War College, Abuja and various military institutions and academies in India, United Kingdom and the United States. He served as Troop Leader, Squadron Leader, Battalion Commander, Brigade Commander, Acting General Officer Commanding and Military Administrator. He participated in the United Nations Peace-Keeping exercises in Chad in 1983 and Somalia in 1993.

During the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida (1985–1993), he was either a staff officer or a commander of an armoured unit. He was appointed the military administrator of Lagos State from December 1993 till August 1996, during the subsequent administration of General Sani Abacha. In June 1996, Kudirat Abiola, wife of the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election Chief MKO Abiola, was assassinated on the road between his office and that of the Canadian High Commission. In September 2009, a spokesman for the United Action for Democracy (UAD) accused Oyinlola of being the ‘chief conspirator’ in the alleged murder.

He retired with the rank of Brigadier-General in 1999.

OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA

Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola (born 25 May 1957)[2] is the current Minister of the Federal Ministry of Interior of Nigeria. Before that he was the fourth civilian governor of Osun State. He is a native of Ilesa, Osun.

Aregbesola is a Muslim born into a family of both Muslims and Christians. He had his primary and secondary education in Ondo State. He later attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he studied Mechanical Engineering Technology and graduated in 1980.

Aregbesola’s interest and involvement in politics dates back to his undergraduate days when he was Speaker of the Students’ Parliament (1977–1978) at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and the President of the Black Nationalist Movement (1978–1980). He was also an active supporter of other progressive students’ movements nationwide, which earned him a life membership in the National Association of Technological Students. In June 1990, he became an elected delegate to the Social Democratic Party Inaugural Local Government Area Congress. In July of the same year, he was also a delegate to its first National Convention in Abuja. Aregbesola as a pro-democracy and human rights activist, was a major participant in the demilitarization and pro-democracy struggles of the 1990s in Nigeria.

Upon Tinubu’s inauguration as governor, Aregbesola was appointed the Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, which included supervision of the Public Works Corporation and the State Electricity Board. He not only oversaw a large investment in road infrastructure in the state, but also birthed the master plan that has served as a basis for the infrastructural development and expansion observed in Lagos even after Tinubu’s two terms in office.

His Educational Policy

Two months after he was sworn in, Aregbesola organized an educational summit to chart a new way forward in the educational sector in Osun. The summit, chaired by Wole Soyinka, centered around the primary and secondary levels based on the belief that basic education is of paramount importance. Stakeholders at the summit resolved to a number of reforms that the Aregbesola administration implemented. This included changing the education structure from the primary, junior secondary, and senior secondary format to the elementary, middle school, and high school format as the best way to deliver education to school children, as well as designing effective monitoring and control of the process.

The Aregbesola administration also introduced the Opon-Imo (Tablet of Knowledge) Project. The project applied technology to deliver learning content for thousands of high school students to aid their preparation for the Senior School Leaving Examinations. Opon Imo received a UN-World Summit Award for innovation as well as endorsement by UNESCO, the West Africa Examination Council and several others. Aregbesola’s government also paid the external examination fees for all public senior secondary schools, in an effort to reduce the burden on parents.

The state government then built new structures to benefit student learning. Across the state, a plan was drawn up to rebuild 96 schools, while tripling the capacity of each school and increasing the facilities therein. A number of those schools have now been commissioned and, in September 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari went to the state capital to personally commission the Osogbo Government High School, while showering encomiums on Aregbesola.

The Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O-MEALS) was launched in the state under Aregbesola to provide free daily meals in school to students, in a move to encourage school enrolment. Osun won several endorsements from the World Bank and other world bodies, with the House of Commons in the United Kingdom also inviting Aregbesola to address it on the impact of the programme on child health and education. Also, the United States Ambassador paid a visit to Osun in June 2017, where he praised Aregbesola for his implementation of social investment programmes.The O-MEALS programme feeds about 252,000 elementary school pupils daily and helped increase school attendance by 25% within 6 months of its commencement. In addition, the scheme engages 3000 women community caterers and thousands of smallholder farmers. Today, O-MEALS is being used as the template for the current National Government’s Home-grown School Feeding Scheme. The state government also oversaw the standardisation of the school uniforms to create a unique identity for its students, promote its culture and stimulate the local economy. The implementation of the O-Uniform scheme led to the building of the largest garment factory in West Africa in Osogbo, Osun, where the uniforms are made and shared to students around the state.

Aregbesola continued to invest in education throughout his tenure. The investments in education have started yielding results, as private proprietors have begun to comment on the loss of students to the public schools, which are now of increased capacity.

ADEGBOYEGA OYETOLA

 Adegboyega Oyetola was born in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State on September 29, 1954. He started his secondary education at Ifeoluwa Grammar School, Osogbo and graduated in 1972.

Oyetola proceeded to the University of Lagos and graduated with a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Insurance in 1978. He proceeded for his mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Potiskum, Yobe State, where he lectured at the Staff Training Centre between 1978 and 1979. He obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos in 1990.

He contested the Osun State gubernatorial candidate on the platform of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 22, 2018 gubernatorial election and he won. On March 23, 2019 Tribunal declared him to have not been legally returned and orders INEC to issue certificates of return to Senator Adeleke of the PDP which is expected to be contested at the Court of Appeal Prior to his winning the election, he was the Chief of Staff to Rauf Aregbesola, his predecessor. In 1980, Oyetola joined Leadway assurance company Limited as an area manager and worked there till 1987 when he moved on to join Crusader Insurance Company Limited as Underwriting Manager between 1987 and 1990. In 1990, he joined Alliance and General Insurance as Technical Controller and served in that capacity until 1991 when he left the organisation to start his own company, Silvertrust Insurance Brokers Limited. He was Managing Director since its founding until 2011 when he was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

Oyetola also served as Executive Vice Chairman, Paragon Group of Companies between 2005 and 2011. He was also Chairman of Ebony Properties Limited. He had been a Director of Pyramid Securities Limited, until 2011, He is an Associate Member, Chartered Insurance Institute in London and Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management(NIM).

His Awards and Recognitions

  1. Distinguished Merit Award by his alma mater, Ifeoluwa Grammar School, Osogbo, February 2014
  2. The Guardian Award for Exceptional Chief of Staff in the Federation 2017
  3. Distinguished Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, August 2015
  4. Leadership Award for Outstanding Performance by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Osogbo Branch, March 2016
  5. Award of Excellence by Osun State University, College of Law, Ifetedo, January 2016
  6. Award of Excellence as ICON of Good Governance by Network of Non-Governmental Organization (NETNOS) State of Osun Branch. November 2017
  7. Award for Exemplary and Exceptional Support and Fellow of Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, January 2017
  8. Grand Patron of the Local Government Chapel of Osun State NUJ, November 2016
  9. Leadership Award by International Association of Lions Club, District 404B2, Nigeria, February 2016
  10. NAOSS-NHQ Award of Excellence in Administration and Good Governance, May 2016
  11. Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Rotary Club of Osogbo, Rotary International, July 2016
  12. Meritorious Award by NAOSS, Obafemi Awolowo University Chapter, February 2017
  13. African Students Union Parliament (ASUP), Pan-African Distinguished Leadership Honor as Icon of Nation Building in Nigeria 2018.

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