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Aregbesola vs Omisore: Who Does The Cap Fit???

Aregbesola vs Omisore: Who Does The Cap Fit???

With the Osun State governorship elections just hours away, anybody in a neutral point of view would acknowledge the fact that this is indeed a clash of lords. Both candidates seem qualified enough to hold the post of the Governor since the two men are supported by the political juggernauts PDP and APC but as a means to leave no stone unturned, he is a short review of the two candidates who would go head to head in a while.

Iyiola Omisore

Iyiola Omisore, alias Otunba, is a Nigerian politician who served as deputy governor of Osun State from 1999–2003, and represented the People’s Democratic Party (Nigeria) (PDP) as a member of the Nigerian Senate for Osun East from 2003–2009, when his election was annulled by an electoral appeal tribunal.

Background

Iyiola Omisore was born on 15 September 1957. He gained a Master of Science (In view) from Brunel University, Uxbridge,((west london)), United Kingdom.

Iyiola Omisore served as Deputy State Governor of Osun State from 1999 – 2003.

First Senate term 2003-2007

Iyiola Omisore was elected to the Senate for the Osun East constituency in April 2003 running for the PDP, while still on trial.

In August 2006, his father Oba Olajide Omisore, was crowned as the first Olu of Olode Town in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State. In September 2006, Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Senate Committee on Commerce was among the Nigerian officials at the Madrid International Fashion Week.

Second Senate term 2007-2009

Iyiola Omisore was reelected for Osun East in 2007. He was appointed to committees for Police Affairs, Housing, Culture & Tourism, Aviation and Appropriation. In May 2008, Iyiola Omisore was named as a member of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitution Review (JCCR).

In September 2008, as Chairman of the Implementation Committee for the UNDP/National Assembly Support Program, Omisore said that everyone must be involved in deciding what forms part of the appropriation estimate for Niger Delta development. In December 2008, Senator Omisore spoke in favor of using the nation’s accumulated external reserve to finance any revenue shortfall rather than borrowing from abroad.

In October 2008, Omisore was one of the Nigerian delegates to the 5th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In March 2009, Omisore attended the 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management in Philadelphia, US, where he discussed Constitutional Policy Frameworks And Solid Waste Management In Nigeria.

In August 2009, Omisore expressed grave concern about abandoned projects in the country, and said the National Assembly had decided to include the list of abandoned projects in the budget. In September 2009, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Iyiola Omisore denied that the committee diverted N1.7 billion meant for the rehabilitation of Calabar-Itu and Calabar-Ikom roads in Cross River State in the 2009 budget. In an interview that month, talking on failure of the Federal government to implement projects, he said that the problem of carrying over budgets from one year to another causes confusion and enlarges corruption. There was also a shortage of qualified engineers for the projects. He blamed some problems on the military government that ruled until 1999, saying “You cannot correct errors of yesteryears in less than 30 years.” In another interview, he said that the new revenue formula that was in the works would give more money to the states, and not the federal government.

Nullified election

After Omisore’s election in 21 April 2007, Babajide Omoworare, the candidate of the opposition Action Congress party, appealed against the result on the grounds that Omisore was not qualified to contest the election since he had been found guilty of official misconduct as deputy governor of Osun state, and that the election was marred by thuggery and other violations. An election tribunal upheld the result.[15] Babjide Omoworare appealed this ruling. In May 2009, Omisore appeared in court to defend himself against the petition disputing his election victory. On 29 October 2009, the election appeals tribunal ruled that Otunba Omisore was qualified to contest the election. However, the tribunal ruled that there had been widespread breaches of the electoral act during Omisore’s election, including use of thugs to intimidate voters. The tribunal nullified the election. The court ordered the electoral body to organise a fresh election within 60 days.

Speaking of the result a few days later, a spokesman for the Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress welcomed the decision while calling for reforms to the electoral laws. The Action Congress called on Omisore, and other candidates whose elections had been annulled, to return to the treasury the salary they had collected while serving without mandate.

Shortly before the court decision, Omisore was reported to have bought an expression of interest form for the Osun State governorship contest of 2011. The national leadership of the PDP said that the practice of selling nomination forms by its Osun State chapter was “fraudulent.” The PDP leadership later ordered its Osun State chapter to refund any money collected from governorship aspirants for the 2011 nomination forms. Following Omisore’s election annulment, the Osun State Chairman of the PDP urged the party’s supporters in Ijesa to mobilise support for Omisore’s governorship bid.

 

Engineer Rauf Aregbesola

Engineer Rauf Aregbesola (born 25 May 1957[1]) is a Nigerian politician who ran for governor of Osun State in the 2007 elections. Although the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Olagunsoye Oyinlola was declared the winner, Aregbesola appealed the decision and on 26 November 2010 was declared the winner.

Aregbesola was formerly an activist. He was Lagos Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure when he ran for election in April 2007 on the Action Congress platform. In May 2008, Aregbesola called over 100 witnesses and tendered 168 exhibits in his petition before the Election Petitions Tribunal, alleging violence and ballot boxes 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.

Justices of the Federal Appeal Court, Ibadan finally declared Aregbesola the winner of the 2007 election, ordering that he be sworn in as governor by noon on 27 November 2010.[10] The Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, offered his congratulations for the belated recognition of his election victory.[11] Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, was on Saturday 12th of April 2014 endorsed as the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress in the states gubernatorial election slated for the 9th of August 2014. The emergence of Aregbesola was preceded by congresses held before the governor who had no contestants was endorsed as the flag bearer in the governorship election. The Nasir el-Rufai-led committee supervised the primary election in which Aregbesola was endorsed. While giving the governor the certificate of return, he said 269,631 members of the party voted Aregbesola for a second term out 355,390 members who registered in 332 wards across the state.

 

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