The ex-SSG, the “dancing senator” and his nephew – the main contenders for the primary of the governor of the Osun DPP

After Osun’s All Progressives Congress (APC) held its gubernatorial primary last month, the baton was handed over to the main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to unveil the candidate who would run against Gboyega Oyetola, the outgoing governor and the APC. flag bearer.

Since the re-election of Olagunsoye Oyinlola was canceled in November 2010 by a decision of the Court of Appeal, the PDP has been doing everything possible to regain control of the state.

The party’s desire to retake Osun was evident in the way the 2018 election was closely contested – the PDP candidate garnered 254,698 votes while the APC flag bearer had 254,345, leaving only a gap of 353 votes – but the exercise was declared inconclusive and a replay was held in some LGAs, with the PDP ultimately losing.

The PDP now has another chance to fight for the state, and this time six gubernatorial candidates, including a former senator and a former state government secretary, have been allowed to contest the ticket guber le Tuesday, March 8.

Although the opposition party is not without internal problems, there has never been a better time for it to take advantage of the crisis rocking Osun APC.

Here are some of the main contenders in the primary.

Ademola Adeleke

Ademola Adeleke became a household name in 2017 when he succeeded his late brother Isiaka as senator representing Osun West. He was dubbed a “dancing senator” as soon as videos of him showing off his dancing skills started going viral.

“I was having fun on the campaign trail and enjoying my dancing because my brother had done 70% of the work with his historic goodwill since he became executive governor in 1991,” he said after winning the Senate seat.

Adeleke is no newcomer to the game. In 2018, he was the party’s flag bearer and, in fact, one of the most popular candidates in the elections. Perhaps due to his popularity, there have been rumors that he may yet be adopted as a consensus candidate.

Undoubtedly, Adeleke stands as one of the strongest contenders and over the past few months he has been trying to garner support from party stakeholders.

He also called for a peaceful resolution of internal disagreements, adding that his ambition is not a do-or-die affair.

“My ambition to govern Osun State is people-oriented. We are not afraid to face the delegates in the primary and the people of Osun State in the general election,” he said.

In the 2018 PDP primary, Adeleke narrowly won, securing 1,569 votes while Akin Ogunbiyi, his closest challenger, had 1,562.

How many votes will the 62-year-old politician get this time around?

Bamidele Adeleke

What could have made someone who, in 2018, was your main strategist, your rival in 2022? Only Bamidele and Adeleke, his uncle, can provide answers to this.

Dele, as he is affectionately known, was one of those campaigning for his uncle in the 2018 election, but in 2022 he wants the prize for himself.

“It is time for a generation of change. It’s time for those who are fit and able to deliver,” Dele said in a recent interview, adding that he wouldn’t quit for his uncle.

As expected, Dele’s ambition has now led to a family feud as evidenced by recent exchanges between the politician and Davido, the superstar singer who is his cousin.

The pair fell out after Dele declared his interest in running for office on the PDP platform.

“Dele, I’m going to stress you out!” We will meet on the ground, ”Davido had threatened his cousin.

But Dele, responding in a softer tone, explained to his relative that they could have different interests and still be a happy family.

“I respect your decision and your choice to support Uncle Demola and that is the beauty of democracy. It is possible that we can all make our individual choices without hard feelings or bitterness. We can all walk different paths and continue to live like one big happy family,” he said.

With just 24 hours left in the primary elections, onlookers wonder if the former banker and his uncle would attempt a compromise.

Akin Ogunbiyi

Top contenders for Osun's PDP

Akin Ogunbiyi has been a major player in Osun’s PDP for quite some time, in fact, he came a close second in the party’s primary elections in 2018.

The businessman is back, competing against familiar opponents.

As in 2018, rumors have swirled that Ogunbiyi might step down for Adeleke, but he continues to deny it.

Ogunbiyi’s campaign organization said the rumors circulating “only indicate that Dr Ogunbiyi is the credible contender to beat in the upcoming primaries”.

Ogunbiyi had also denied seeking a compensatory position or working with anyone to destroy the party.

Although his campaign group admitted there was a deal in 2018, he added that the deal was not being honored by Adeleke’s camp.

“For the umpteenth time, we hereby affirm that there is no negotiation between Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi’s campaign organization or shared positions with Senator Ademola Adeleke’s group. This is sheer nonsense. to claim that the Ogunbiyi group told Adeleke they would destroy a party on whose platform the business tycoon hopes to contest the gubernatorial election,” the Ogunbiyi camp had said.

Can Ogunbiyi capitalize on the Adeleke family feud to win the coveted prize?

Fatai Akinbade

Top contenders for Osun's PDP

Fatai Akinbade has been around since 2010 when he first aspired to become a state governor. Although he won support from some stakeholders at the time, the party leadership appeared to be in favor of Iyiola Omisore.

In 2018, Akinbade, who defected from the PDP, was the gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

At the time, former Governor Oyinlola described Akinbade as the best man with the required experience for the job.

“As far as I am concerned, Fatai Akinbade is the best among those currently vying for the seat of governor who can lift the state out of its current stalemate. I challenge anyone who says otherwise to give me a better candidate,” Oyinlola said.

The 67-year-old politician and former SSG is trying another chance. Will he still have the support of Oyinlola who now leads a reconciliation panel for the party in the state?

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