The Osun state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has just concluded an internal exercise – the outcome of which has not been fully released. Intending governorship aspirants were requested to submit letter of intents and at the end of day, 17 aspirants wrote and submitted letters.
Hon Soji Adagunodo has not wasted any opportunity to reassure aspirants of level playing field. The aspirants are also already in the field, some deploying money, others combining material and intellectual promises.
Some sound empty, others are simply deep. Some are superfulous; others are dead serious. Some are ready to hit ground running, others are extremely cautious,watching out for PDP banana peels.
Let have a peep into the lives of these aspirants according to their senatorial districts.
Most observers expect the zone to produce the PDP flagbearer but this is never settled. Hence it has many aspirants. Of the three federal constituencies, Ede has three; Iwo has five; while Irewole has two.
For Ede zone, both Senator Ademola Adeleke and Hon Adejare Bello are in the race. Ede is sharply divided between the two and the battle for supremacy in that town has split the party down the line.
Adejare, a former State Assembly Speaker is holding a moral authority while Adeleke is parading financial power. It is a bitter contest bordering on dagger drawn in the dark including backstabbing and betrayal theory. The battle is soul wrenching between soulless aspiration and consequential confrontation.
Irewole/Ayedade has two contenders: Akogun Lere Oyewumi and Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, both veterans but from small towns with weak electoral base. The two are top leaders, veterans of many Osun political battles.
Iwo zone with almost 140,000 registered voters has five contenders namely: Fatai Akinbade, Olawale Rasheed, Adebayo Rovet, Hamidu Tadese and Lere Ayinde. Akinbade is from Ogbagba, a small town with small electoral strength.
Indeed, Iwo town alone has close to 100,000 registered voters, making the four aspirants from Iwo town very key in any strategic calculations by the party. If Iwo zone is to produce a candidate, the expectation is for such to hail from Iwo town failing which Iwo town with her huge voting strength may be lost.
Contenders from Iwo town vary in term of their background. Olawale Rasheed is a tested politician at all levels, a practical technocrat and a policy expert with experience in private and public sectors.
Rovet is a businessman of repute. Tadese who just defected to PDP few months ago is an academic and legislatively experienced politician. Ayinde is a public sector actor with deep experience.
Outside Iwo town, Akinbade is an old veteran who is part of success and failure of the state for almost two decades. His father figure raises questions about the good and the bad of the past administration in the state.
The zone has three contenders namely: Kayode Oduoye, Felix Ogunwale and Adeolu Durotoye.
Even when many agreed that Central cannot possibly produce the flagbearer, the men have contributed immensely. Kayode is widely seen as a great guy. Adeolu is a newcomer who brings quality to the race. Ogunwale is a veteran too, a man with turbulent but interesting political past.
Interestingly the zone that is about to complete eight years also have about six contenders. A great youthocracy hand is Tunde Eso from Ilesa.
Ile Ife has the highest number parading likes of the globalist Ayoade Adefowope, leader of conscience,Albert Adeogun,colourful politician, Gbenga Owolabi and another legal luminary.
Certain permutations are up in the air.Ile Ife used to be the stronghold of the PDP.If Omisore has truly left PDP,that base may be seriously eroded.So PDP needs a replacement,a new base to guarantee bulk votes.
Don’t lie to yourselves -Osogbo owes a lot to Aregbesola.If anybody thinks Osogbo will abandon APC,the person may be hallucinating.
So Osun West is the next option.Iwo town seems the best target with a monolithic bulk votes.When Iwo is married with Ede ,Osogbo and Ilesa would have been countered.
For now,the aspirants are out and delegates are screening and receiving. PDP has launched a journey.
Adagunodo is determined to deliver.Of course, he is a great leader of the people.
Asafa writes from Olupoona, Osun state.