Since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, the political landscape in Osun State has been dominated by two major political parties. These dominant political parties have jointly decided the democratic fate of the state during the 23 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in Nigeria.

Subsequently, as Nigeria celebrates its longest democratic dispensation, the people of Osun State seem to have been doomed to suffer falling leaderships from the dominant political parties. Even though some of these political parties formed a coalition and emerged with new nomenclature in the elections, their platforms are best described as the same old nasty wine in a new bottle. Osun State started its journey to democracy with high hopes when the country returned to civilian rule in 1999. His Excellency, Adebisi Akande became the first democratically elected Governor of the state in May 1999 on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). and ruled until May 2003, when His Excellency Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola assumed leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

Then came Ogbeni Rauuf and incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola who ruled the state for 12 years on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC). It is instructive to say that despite their different personal and party ideologies, successive state governments have all contributed significantly to the welfare of Osun State. Without however appearing immodest, all the indices of human and societal development show that the State has not resisted their reckless surveillance very well. Meanwhile, the July 2022 gubernatorial election in the state gives the people another opportunity to decide whether to continue with motionless motions or follow the paths of shared prosperity that Akinade Ogunbiyi is about to pursue. to lead.

This year’s elections will decide whether the people will elect the same political parties that have mismanaged the state’s economy for the past 23 years or give the Accord Party an opportunity to give the state a new breath of transformation.

These should be the paramount questions voters across the state must answer as they head to the polls in July’s gubernatorial election. As voters ponder the above questions, they should have faith in Akinade Ogunbiyi, a man whose love and passion for his people was his sole motivation to run in the upcoming elections.

An accomplished industrialist and unassuming scholar whose business and academic pedigrees span the continents of the world. With these fantastic exploits, Akinade Ogunbiyi remains the man for the job. At a time when the country’s economy is still grappling with the incalculable economic downturns caused by the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Osun State, like all other states in the country, needs its best products to oversee the state economy.

As a locally and internationally renowned sterling economist, Akinade Ogunbiyi remains the best choice to lead the state in these critical times. Famous for his ingenuity in job creation, especially in the agribusiness industry, Akinade will meticulously harness the agricultural resources of the state to ensure food security and job creation for the sons and daughters of the state. of Osun. He believes that cocoa production in the state, if carefully managed, can support the state’s economy. Time and again, Akinade Ogunbiyi has confidently stated that the state’s economy will largely depend on agriculture where it has a comparative advantage.

He has continually argued that the state’s reliance on monthly allowances from the crude oil exchange is tantamount to sitting on a ticking time bomb that will eventually explode over time. It is sheer laziness to travel to Abuja every month to rush on the paltry funds of Crude Oil Exchange which is never enough when there are many economic opportunities around the state which can sustain the state economy. It only takes a visionary leader to identify these opportunities and Ogunbiyi found them in the state’s agricultural sector, tourism industry and human capital development.

An elder statesman and former Head of State Service, Elder Segun Akinwunsi has this to say about Akinade Ogunbiyi: “Ogunbiyi is clearly not contesting because of the glamor of office or to gain popularity. ‘silver. He is in the race to shine a light on the long-awaited difference in the lives of our people”. The former statesman’s commentary clearly singles out Akinade Ogunbiyi as an imperative and a panacea to the myriad challenges plaguing the culture’s home. I believe Akinade Ogunbiyi is the long-awaited savior, I just hope that time and the citizens of Osun will prove me right.

Igbayilola writes from Oshogbo


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