This is a list of Governors and Administrators of Osun State. Osun State was formed on 1991-08-27 when it was split from Oyo State.
1. ISIAKA ADETUNJI ADELEKE (15 January 1955 – 23 April 2017) was a two time Nigerian senator who represented the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State from 2007 to 2011 and was elected again under the banner of the All Progressives Congress in 2015. He became a member of the Nigerian Senate in 2007. He ran for reelection in April 2011 on the PDP platform, coming second with 77,090 votes. The winner was Mudasiru Oyetunde Hussein of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with 121,971 votes.
1ST GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE
In office January 1992 – November 1993 Preceded by Leo Segun Ajiborisha Succeeded by Anthony Udofia
SENATOR – OSUN WEST
In office May 2007 – May 2011 Succeeded by Mudasiru Oyetunde Hussein
SENATOR – OSUN WEST
In office May 2015 – April 2017 Preceded by Mudashiru Hussein
Born: 15 January 1955 Enugu
Died: 23 April 2017 (aged 62)
Political party: All Progressive Congress (APC)
Profession: Businessman, Politician
Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was born on 15 January 1955 to the family of senator Ayoola Adeleke and Esther Adeleke. He was born in Enugu 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. He was the uncle to Nigerian musician, Davido
Osun State, 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 indigent 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. Adeleke, before his death was allegedly eyeing the governorship seat in Osun ahead of the 2018 election in the state.
Senator Isiaka Adeleke suffered a heart attack. He died on 23 April, 2017 at Biket Hospital in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.
2. 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.
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF OSUN STATE
In office 22 August 1996 – August 1998 Preceded by Anthony Udofia Succeeded by Theophilus Bamigboye
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF ABIA STATE
In office August 1998 – 29 May 1999 Preceded by Moses Fasanya Succeeded by Orji Uzor Kalu
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
3. ỌLAGUNSOYE OYINLỌLA (born 3 February 1951) became governor of Osun State in Nigeria in May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He was a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). On 26 November 2010 a court of appeals nullified his election. He later defected to the APC shortly before the 2014 Osun State governorship election.
ADMINISTRATOR OF LAGOS STATE
In office December 1993 – August 1996 Preceded by Michael Otedola Succeeded by Mohammed Buba Marwa
GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE
In office May 2003 – 26 November 2010 Preceded by Adebisi Akande Succeeded by Rauf Aregbesola
Born 3 February 1951 Okuku, Odo Ọtin LGA, Ọṣun State
Political party: ADC
BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION
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. 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. 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.
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. He appointed Fatai Akinade Akinbade as State Secretary in 2003. Akinbade was later to be a contender to succeed Oyinlola as governor. In an interview in November 2003, Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla spoke in favor of increased education in Yoruba, even up to the university level. When asked about the Afenifere movement, he stated that he would join if it were purely an association of Yorubas, but not if it was just another name for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party.
After the 2007 election, the Action Congress governorship candidate, Rauf Aregbesola filed a petition with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against his victory. The tribunal rejected his petition. Aregbesola appealed the decision, leading to a fresh hearing in June 2009.
In April 2009, Next magazine reported that Olagunsoye Oyinlola had been caught on tape telling local PDP politicians he would supply army uniforms, arms and ammunition so they could rig the runoff elections in Ekiti State.
In July 2009, Olagunsoye Oyinlola banned Igbo people in Osun state from parading themselves as Eze Ndigbo (king of Igbo), in order to protect the Igbo culture and traditional institution from ridicule. At the same time, he sought constitutional responsibilities for traditional rulers in the country. In September 2009, Oyinlola opened a ceremony at which Modakeke traditional ruler, Oba Francis Adedoyin, was crowned. On 26 November 2010 the Court of Appeal in Ibadan presided over by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi ruled that Oyinlola had not won the 2007 election and that the Action Congress candidate Rauf Aregbesola should be sworn in as governor. He is a former chairman of the board of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) having been appointed in 2017.
On 31 January 2018, he was part of the launch of “Coalition for Nigeria” movement a political movement to check the failings of APC.
APPOINTMENT AS NIMC’S CHAIRMAN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
On Thursday 21 September 2017, he was inaugurated as Chairman of the Governing board of the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC).
His appointment was by President Mohammadu Buhari.
The Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mrs Habiba Lawal, inaugurated the 9-man board on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja
Represented on the board are the Military, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, other government agencies and the private sector.
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, he resigned from his position as Chairman of NIMC, citing “a greater political engagement that will make that difficult and even impolitic”.
4. Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola (born 25 May 1957) 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.
Former Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola raises both hands in victory sign during a project inspection tour across the state in September, 2017
Appointed by Muhammadu Buhari
FEDERAL MINISTER OF INTERIOR
Assumed office August 2019 Preceded by Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau
8TH GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE
In office 27 November 2010 – 27 November 2018 Preceded by Olagunsoye Oyinlola Succeeded by Adegboyega Oyetola
Born: 25 May 1957 (age 62) Nationality: Nigerian Political party: All Progressives Congress
SPOUSE(s): Sherifat Aregbesola
ALMA MATER: The Polytechnic, Ibadan
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
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 and graduated in 1980.
Early involvement in politics
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, for instance, 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 the return of the country to democratic rule in 1999, he was a ranking member of the Alliance for Democracy, led by Senator Bola Tinubu, who would go on to become governor of Lagos State in the same year. Aregbesola was Director of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation (BATCO), who drove the electoral victory of Bola Tinubu in 1999, and he performed a similar feat with the platform of the Independent Campaign Group, with which he ensured the re-election of Tinubu for a second term in office.
Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure
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.
2007 gubernatorial campaign
Following Tinubu’s tenure as governor of Lagos State, Aregbesola ran on the platform of the then Action Congress (AC) for the Governorship of Osun State in the April 2007 elections.
Aregbesola had to withstand several attempts by the incumbent state government to cut short his ambition, from the failed attempt to abort the launch of Oranmiyan, the campaign organisation of Aregbesola, which was fixed for Oshogbo Stadium until the state government deployed force to stop the event.
On 16 May 2005, a major financier of Aregbesola’s campaign, Alhaji Sulaimon Hassan-Olajoku, was assassinated at Gbongan Junction after attending a series of political events to mobilise support of Aregbesola. Aregbesola also narrowly escaped assassination plots in Ilesha in 2005 and on Osogbo Oroki Day in 2006.
In addition, a petition led to the arrest and detention of Aregbesola for three weeks by men of the Lagos State Police Command until a High Court ruled in favour of him and awarded a penalty of N5m against the police for wrongful arrest and detention.
After incumbent Olagunsoye Oyinlola was declared the winner of the 14 April 2007 elections, Aregbesola immediately proceeded to the courts to overturn this outcome.
In May 2008, Aregbesola called over 100 witnesses and tendered 168 exhibits in his petition before the Election Petitions Tribunal, alleging violence and ballot box stuffing in the election. In an October 2008 interview, he described Oyinlola as “a bully who came from a reactionary military arm”, stating that Oyinlola had done nothing for the people of Osun state. He also claimed that 12 people had died in the election violence.
In August 2009 the police arrested Aregbesola, apparently for involvement in the alleged forgery of a police report on the conduct of the elections. Later that month he sought bail so that he could perform the lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia. In August 2010 the police summoned him to make a statement about a 14 June 2007 bomb explosion near the ministry of water resources. Aregbesola denied any involvement, stating that he was in Abuja at the time. Having gone through the tribunal of first instance, an appeal and a retrial tribunal, the second appeal court, delivering judgment on 26 November 2010, declared Aregbesola governor and ordered that he be sworn in the next day. The Court was presided over by Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, who was flanked by four other justices; Honourable Justices M.L. Garba, P.A. Galinge, Chima Centus Nweze, and A. Jauro. The court unanimously nullified the election results of the 10 local governments pleaded for by Aregbesola and set aside the judgement of a lower tribunal which had confirmed the election of Oyinlola, after the deductions of the cancelled votes had left Oyinlola with 172,880 votes and Aregbesola with 198,799, thereby returning Aregbesola as the duly elected governor of the state, three years after the elections.
The Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, offered his congratulations for the belated recognition of his election victory.
Oyinlola alleged that there was telephone contact between Justice Ayo Salami, head of the Nigerian Court of Appeal, and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chieftains prior to the decision and urged the Attorney General of the Federation “to exercise his power of public prosecution entrenched in Section 174 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution by initiating legal action against MTN Nigeria Limited” after he petitioned the National Judicial Council. The Court rejected his application for Salami’s call log.
In a reply to a memo submitted by Aregbesola to a Truth and Reconciliation committee he had set up to look into the alleged atrocities committed by the previous government, Oyinlola described Aregbesola’s claims as lies.
FIRST TERM (2010–2014)
In his first term as governor of the state, Argebesola outlined his goals for the state: banish poverty, banish hunger, banish unemployment, restore healthy living, promote functional education and enhance communal peace and progress. Aregbesola actively pursued all action points of this plan in his first four years in office. For instance, he introduced an initiative for the creation of 20,000 jobs for youths in his first 100 days, which he achieved through the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O-YES).
Other initiatives he introduced in his first term included the Osun School Infrastructure Development Project, which involved the construction of about 170 new schools, the Osun mid-regional market (O-HUB), the Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O-REAP), the Osun Elementary School Feeding Programme (O-MEAL), Osun Tourism (O-TOURS), and the Osun Special Ambulance Scheme (O-AMBULANCE), along with investments in roads and bridges.
Aregbesola did these while championing the cause of equality among all religions to promote peace among communities. Aregbesola introduced Isese Day as a public holiday for traditional worshipers to celebrate like the Christians and Muslims in the state have always done, and also adopted the title of “Ogbeni” (Mister), while also branding the state’s citizens as “Omoluabi”.
Second term (2014–2018)
In the 2014 election, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which controlled the federal government, sought to win the governorship to secure a stronger base in the south-west for the general elections to be held in 2015. National forces were therefore deployed in a plot to intimidate voters and reduce votes, but despite several arrests of his key associates, Aregbesola defeated the PDP’s candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (right), then governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (centre) and his wife, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola (left) during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo on September 1, 2016.
Upon re-election, Aregbesola consolidated his achievements in his first term. He introduced the Opon-Imo, an electronic tablet distributed for free to students in public schools in Osun. Aregbesola also began the commissioning of school infrastructure invested in by his government. In September 2016, President Muhammudu Buhari visited the state capital to commission one of the 3000-capacity schools, which have become a model emulated by other states.The governor also unveiled a plan to site an aircraft maintenance hub in Osun and completed five bridges in a state which did not have one before he was elected governor.
The federal government and other states sent delegations to Osun to study Aregbesola’s implementation of the school feeding programme.
In June 2015, an Osun State Judge, Justice Oloyede Folahanmi, wrote a petition to the State House of Assembly requesting the impeachment of Aregbesola on claims of financial mismanagement, which had been a recurring allegation due to the large investments in several projects for the state by Aregbesola. After many delays, a panel was set up by the House to probe Aregbesola, and the Governor appeared before the panel, which later found him not guilty of the allegations raised by the judge.
In 2016, The National Judicial Council recommended Justice Oloyede for compulsory retirement after it found that the petition written by the judge “contained political statements, unsubstantiated allegations and accusations aimed at deriding, demeaning and undermining the State Government of Osun, the person and character of the Governor, his deputy and aides”.
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 enrollment. 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.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND SECURITY IN OSUN
The Aregebsola administration rehabilitated and completed 230 states roads spanning 368 km. His administration partnered with local governments to deliver 226 council roads across the 31 local governments with a combined length of 216 km. The administration also pioneered solutions in community-based rural road maintenance through the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP 2) in partnership with the World Bank and French Development Agency. The state is on course to deliver the next set of 250 km. Osun is one of just six states selected to partake in this programme. In all, the government improved more than 1000 km of roads. The state currently has about five bridges nearing completion, when none existed in 2010 when Aregbesola was sworn in as governor. There has also been a similar investment in the security of the state, particularly with the procurement of 125 patrol vans, several armoured personnel carriers and a helicopter for distribution to security forces.
Social security initiatives
The Aregbesola administration pioneered a conditional cash transfer scheme called “Agba Osun”.Through this scheme, Osun was able to lift many out of poverty, becoming the state with the lowest poverty rate in Nigeria.
Investments and production has been on the rise in Osun. In 2009, International Breweries plc, Ilesa, known for its Trophy brand, doubled its production capacity to cater for the boost in the local economy. Tuns Farms, an indigenous poultry company, in partnership with small holder farmers, ramped up broiler production to position the state as the second largest broiler producer in the country. Omoluabi Garment Factory, a PPP between Sam and Sara Garments and the State, emerged as the largest garment factory in West Africa. An indigenous computer assembly plant, RLG Adulawo, also set up shop in Osun as a result of the favourable infrastructures in the State.
In 2015, The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative rated Osun second highest on its Human Development Index among the 36 states in Nigeria. In 2014, Rennaissence Capital ranked Osun as the 7th largest economy in Nigeria, while in 2017 the NBS rated Osun as the state with the lowest poverty rate in Nigeria. In Osogbo, there was a irenovation of the Nigeria Railway Station terminus and urban renewal of the city center towards Olaiya junction and the building and repair of roads.
Aregbesola has always received press attention for his approaches toward human capital development, education, and infrastructure, which have often landed him in the center of public discussion.
He supports Fiscal Federalism for Nigeria and Regional Integration as a means of attaining sustainable economic development and national competitiveness.
Aregbesola has supported the development of human values through extracurricular programmes, such as calisthenics, the Omoluabi Boys and Girls Club, and other schemes for youths to channel their energies towards a society that promotes the common good.
THE OMOLUABI ETHOS
In Yorubaland, Olu-iwa is regarded as the custodian of good character. The concept of Omoluabi was derived from Olu-iwa. It was Omo ti Olu-iwa bi (the child of Olu-iwa), which was shortened to Omoluwabi and later Omoluabi. In Yorubaland, an Omoluabi is someone who is of impeccable character. Simply put; Omoluabi is the word in the Yoruba language that describes an individual, male or female, young or old that possesses the following qualities: hard work, honesty, integrity, fairness, egalitarianism, respect for elders and constituted authority; and fear of God among other virtues.
When Aregbesola decided to embark on a rebranding of Osun State shortly after his inauguration, he did so by naming the citizens of the state “Omoluabi”, and driving a strong campaign about the values that make an Omoluabi in what was a rallying call to citizens to embrace such values. His contributions were recognized when, in 2016, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, a revered Yoruba traditional leader, named Aregbesola as the ‘Omoluabi of Yorubaland’ for being at the forefront of projecting the Omoluabi ethos.
Aregbesola has remained within the same political group even as it went through several mergers, first changing to the AC, then the ACN and the APC, which would later become the federal ruling party in the country.
When Aregbesola decided in 2005 to run for governor, a political support movement was instituted named Oranmiyan, after the son of Odudunwa, regarded as the founder of the Yoruba race. The Oranmiyan group was led by Prince Felix Awofisayo since its inception in 2005, and was a major force in ensuring the success of Aregbesola in 2007. The group has since evolved by entering into mergers to become a worldwide group called Oranmiyan Worldwide.
FAMILY AND PERSONAL LIFE
Aregbesola is married to Sherifat Aregbesola.
5. ADEGBOYEGA OYETOLA (born September 29, 1954) is a Nigerian politician and Governor of Osun State. 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.
9TH GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE
Assumed office 27 November 2018 Preceded by Rauf Aregbesola
POLITICAL PARTY: All Progressives Congress
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
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 honours degree in Insurance in 1978. He proceeded for his mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Potiskum, the capital city of present-day 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.
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).
Oyetola was a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), and has been in the party through its metamorphosis to Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now the All Progressives Congress (APC). In July 2018, he contested with Osun state House of Representatives deputy speaker Yusuf Lasun and Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly Nojeem Salaam, Dr Samuel Ibiyemi; Publisher Nigerian NewsDirect Newspapers, Adelere Oriolowo, Moshood Adeoti amongst others for the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidacy of the September 22, 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun state and won. He was sworn in to office on November 27, 2018. On 22nd of March, 2019, the Election tribunal sitting in Abuja declared that the All progressive Congress and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, were not validly returned.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Distinguished Merit Award by his alma mater, Ifeoluwa Grammar School, Osogbo, February 2014
The Guardian Award for Exceptional Chief of Staff in the Federation 2017
Distinguished Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, August 2015
Leadership Award for Outstanding Performance by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Osogbo Branch, March 2016
Award of Excellence by Osun State University, College of Law, Ifetedo, January 2016
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AS ICON OF GOOD
Governance by Network of Non-Governmental Organisation (NETNOS) State of Osun Branch. November 2017
Award for Exemplary and Exceptional Support and Fellow of Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, January 2017
Grand Patron of the Local Government Chapel of Osun State NUJ, November 2016
Leadership Award by International Association of Lions Club, District 404B2, Nigeria, February 2016
NAOSS-NHQ Award of Excellence in Administration and Good Governance, May 2016
Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Rotary Club of Osogbo, Rotary International, July 2016
Meritorious Award by NAOSS, Obafemi Awolowo University Chapter, February 2017
African Students Union Parliament (ASUP), Pan-African Distinguished Leadership Honour as Icon of Nation Building in Nigeria 2018
LIST OF OSUN STATE ADMINISTRATORS
1. 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.
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF OSUN STATE
In office 27 August 1991 – 1 January 1992 Preceded by Abdulkareem Adisa (Oyo State) Succeeded by Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke
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.
2. 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.
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF OSUN STATE
In office 9 December 1993 – 22 August 1996 Preceded by Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke Succeeded by Anthony Obi
As a former military administrator, he was required to retire from the navy in June 1999 at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic.
3. THEOPHILUS O BAMIGBOYE (born 1951) is a retired Nigerian Colonel who served as Military Administrator of Bauchi State and then Osun State before the return to democracy in May 1999. He later entered politics, competing for governorship of Kwara State in 2007.
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF BAUCHI STATE
In office 22 August 1996 – August 1998 Preceded by Rasheed Raji Succeeded by Abdul Mshelia
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF OSUN STATE
In office August 1998 – 29 May 1999 Preceded by Anthony Obi Succeeded by Adebisi Akande
Born 1951 Omu-Aran, Irepodun LGA, Kwara State, Nigeria
BACKGROUND AND MILITARY CAREER
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.
4. Chief ABDUKAREEM ADEBISI BAMDELE Akande (“Bisi Akande”; born 16 January 1939) was a governor of Osun State, Nigeria from 1999–2003, as a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party, and was the first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.
GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE
In office May 1999 – May 2003 Preceded by Theophilus Bamigboye Succeeded by Olagunsoye Oyinlola
Born: 16 January 1939 Ila Orangun, Osun State, Nigeria Political party: All Progressives Congress (APC)
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.
Osun State, Nigeria
Adebisi Akande was elected governor of Osun State in April 1999, 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 Adebisa Akande inaugurated the second Assembly in Osun State.
In January 2000, the Osun State government sacked 143 staff of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, following the governor’s earlier vow to trim the state’s work force. Adebisi Akande dissolved the state Council of Obas and Chiefs in 2001, on the ground that it was too large. The dissolution may have been caused by a dispute between the then head of the royal council, the Ooni of Ile-Ife and Akande, in turn part of a face-off between Akande and the deputy governor, Iyiola Omisore.
A November 2001 appraisal of Osun State said that Adebisi 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. A different appraisal, two months later, noting the governor had recently survived an impeachment attempt, said that rather than improving social services and generating employment, after two years in power Akande had implemented massive staff lay offs in the public service, and had caused virtual collapse of public infrastructure.
On 24 December 2001 Akande’s supporter Bola Ige, the minister of justice, was murdered in his house in Ibadan. The newspaper This Day said that the murder could have been linked to the feud between Akande and the deputy governor Iyiola Omisore. The murder followed another murder the previous week of Osun State legislator Odunayo Olagbaju, who was bludgeoned to death outside his home. Olagbaju was a supporter of Omisore.
Adebisa Akande ran again for election in 2003, but was defeated by Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In late 2003, rival factions of the AD held separate conventions. In the Lagos convention, Adebisi Akande was elected as AD chairman.In January 2006, the convoy of AD leaders who supported Chief Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa faction instead of Chief Adebisi 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 Chief Adebisi Akande, whom he asserted had neglected the schools.
In September 2006, the ‘Bisi 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).