Harold Lasswell (1936) enjoined us that Politics is the process of who get what, when and how. Politics is the process through which political power is truly attained, not for a self purpose, but for the utility of the rule of law to achieve the common good that satisfy the needs and aspiration of ALL the people in the society.
This process most of the times cannot be completed without having a resource who understand and have the charisma to put things right, then comes the concept of leadership. Bringing the two terms together, i.e Politics and Leadership give us governance.
Leadership, succinctly put is the action of leading a group of people or an organisation, society to do this. It is an ability to influence and guide followers or members of the publics.
On this sense, the backbone of good governance is good leadership most especially in the current political dispensation of Osun State, Nigeria at present and the world at large. Leadership in tough times requires MEN with clear vision that will add values to the populace and for the good of all.
The emergence of Alhaji Isiaq Adegboyega Oyetola proves to the world that politics is a game of having the required qualities, strategies, and numbers of supporters & followers. Not mere noise making or politicking without directions. Out of 48 Gubernatorial Candidates eyeing the number one seat of power in Osun State, the promise of God, ILERIOLUWA has come to pass through the vote of the masses which shows that noise making is a meaningless in the game of politics most especially here in Nigeria.
Now that the people of Osun State had elected the new Governor of their choice, worthy enough to paddle the canoe of the state, it is clearly understood that the Governor Elect, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola is a man of the people who believed to have gotten the charisma to lead, govern progressively and intellectually sound enough to succeed the government of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola.
Oyetola, a man of many parts with vast experience in finance, public administration and now an elected governor. A man of deep conviction and religious devout who has progressed in his endeavours with hardworking and uncompromising stand on integrity, won the Osun State September 22nd Gubernatorial Election to positively lead the state for a new four years tenure. We can say, politics is a game of hardworking, competence, relevant, strategy, collective reasoning and coupled with the covenant of God.
Truth is hard to share, let alone believing it. Take it or leave it, Integra Leadership Foundation ILF has been saying the reality since the beginning (even before political parties primaries) of the just concluded gubernatorial election in Osun State that the only recognised and most qualified person among all the contestant who has what it takes physically and mentally to be the next Governor is Alhaji Isiaq Adegboyega Oyetola, before he was duly elected as the flag bearer of his political party. ILF arrived to that conclusion because of our research, analytical approaches and strategies we adopted.
It is complete fact that Oyetola is not a Governor of APC alone, but he is the Governor elect for Osunites in generally. Political party is simply a platform through with democratic leadership is attained for a purpose to show case ideology, strategy and innovations. Before Oyetola was duly elected as the flag bearer of APC, ‘The Integra Leaders’ has seen him within and outside the government circle as a Major Pilar behinds the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola successful administration, for his cool and calm demeanor and the wisdom in which he has handled staffs relations both in political circle, civil service and other sensitive matters of the state.
Alh. Gboyega Oyetola is more than capable to govern Osun State. His pedigree, credentials, antecedents and experience answer all questions about him. Born in Iragbigi, Boripe LGA of Osun State. He attended Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo for his secondary school education which he completed in 1972. Proceeded to the prestigious University of Lagos where he bagged Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Insurance in1978. Alh. Gboyega Oyetola capped his illustrious education career with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1990 at the same University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.
He had his mandatory one year National Youth Service between 1978 and 1979, at Potiskum in the present day Yobe State, where he lectured at the staff training centre. In 1980, he joined Leadway Assurance Company Limited as Area manager and worked there till 1987. He also took another step in his zeal to gain leadership, management and administration experience by taking his expertise to Crusader Insurance Limited as Underwriting Manager between 1987 and 1990. He moved again in 1990 to Alliance and General Insurance as Technical Controller and served in that capacity until 1991. He was the Executive Vice Chairman of Paragon Group of Companies with interest in Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Stock Broking until his appointment as The Chief of Staff to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor of Osun State in 2010 and now The Governor Elect.
However, it is a fact that Oyetola’s competence and ability practically and educationally to govern Osun State shouldn’t be doubted. He is a calm and reserved person, who has vast knowledge of Leadership and development to serve and take the good people of Osun State to the promise land of all round development. ”If Osun can swallow patience as he unfolds his developmental plans and agendas for the state”.
Alh. Gboyega Oyetola, taking a look at his profile, he is a man with perfect leadership and governance experience in public administration and management. His capacity and capability made him relevant and convincing among other candidates, that was reason why he enjoyed the support and earned confidence of people of Osun; the professionals, artisans, the market men & women, the youth & students, the political class, even the civil servants to mention few. Though, one cannot be loved by all…for him to have earned votes of over 250,000, it shows that innate attributes and acquired characteristics depict a man who can lead, define and address issues without aggravating the problems. Having him as number one citizen come November 27th 2018 is a beginning of a new dawn in Osun not only by his intelligence, prudence and integrity but also competence, tolerance and diligence.
It therefore imperative as citizens / indigenes of Osun State to be patience with the new government to enjoy the man of impeccable character that we voted for. Oyetola’s emergence as Governor elect is divinely programmed and prayers answered, that at a time Osun needed an experience technocrat who could confront the challenges of grappling lean revenue, global recession, contractual obligations, backlog salaries, pensions and gratuities. While Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola led administration, has laid good precedence in the development of the state, this is where continuity is unavoidably sacrosanct. Therefore, it required a strategist, technocrat, intelligent and hardworking personality, imbued with competence, integrity, sacrifice and ability to safe the State out of the scary economic predicament.
Integra Leadership Foundation, a leaders builder, provider, refiner and a political software, decided to support and campaign for Alh. Gboyega Oyetola following our discoveries that he is the only aspirant then to satisfy the requirements tabled in an open letter written to His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola dated 24th October, 2017 published on citymirrownews http://citymirrornews.com/top-news/2017/24/an-open-letter-to-the-executive-governor-of-osun-ogbeni-rauf-aregbesola-by-integra-leadership/ in a suggestion that Osun state must move forward and never backward again. The result of the letter is positive as God in His righteousness gave Osun an Economy Developer, Resourceful Technocrat and a widely exposed financial expert, who can properly harnessed the abundant resources (human & material) we have in Osun State.
Again, going by the open letter, we clamour that, for Osun State to continue witnessing good governance and enjoy dividend of democracy, Zoning Arrangement must be totally abolished. The brain behind zoning formula is what we termed ‘PRS’ = Political Robbery Strategy, aimed at denying competent candidates from having opportunity to contest, lead or govern.
It is our belief that the Governor Elect won’t take Osun issues with levity. Because he is the expected messiah who must deliver Osun from being a civil servants state to commercial centre of western states, for us to have a state of our dream and put smile on faces of Osunites.
Development and Protection of our Democracy: Evidently, it is also our concern as we write today that, his administration will make members of the publics understand and confident that good governance can be protected via ballot boxes without any shedding of innocent blood which means democracy will take another giant steps in its approach, growth and development of Osun State as demonstrated in his emergence.
Works: It is not a hidden fact that Ogbeni Aregbesola has laid down wonderful foundation on road project in which Osun State has never witnessed such infrastructural development since her inception.
Education: Aregbesola government has built edifice and magnificent schools across the state. It is our hope that the incoming Governor will initiate improvements, cultivate innovations in the provisions of teachers welfare, equipments and facilities to our schools from basic to tertiary education.
Agriculture and Food Security: We believe that incoming Governor will formulate ideas and strategies in agriculture to boost osun economy from being civil servants state to commercial hub to other neighbouring states, taking the right and appropriate decisions in other sectors as well as rendering unwavering corresponding services to the state as a successful business man and technocrat.
By and large, ballot paper has decided, we want to appreciate the good people of Osun State who had spoken in one voice, the entire three senatorial districts, nine federal constituencies and the thirty local government areas including the Area Office, market men and women, civil servants, pensioners, artisans, youth, religion & traditional leaders and all political parties that join us to have this victory in electing Alhaji Isiaq Adegboyega Oyetola as the next Executive Governor of our dear state, a man with developmental programs, strategic & clear visions and innovations.
It is on this note that we say, Ogbeni has done excellently well and contributed his own quotas in an indelible and OMOLUABI ways, as his name will forever be positively inscribed on diamond in Osun history. May he continue to witness success in his future endeavours. Now, ILERIOLUWA TI SE. We beseech the good people of Osun that with patience The Will of God for Osun State will come to pass as Oyetola reigns!
The Director General,
Integra Leadership Foundation
Writes from Osogbo.