Nigeria Politics



The governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke has caused a stir on social media after nominating his late brothers wife Adenike Adeleke for appointment as State commissioner.

Push News 24 International confirms that the speaker of the Osun Assembly, Adewale Egbedun had announced the names of nominees from the governor in accordance with sections 192 (2) and 196(1) of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (amended).

According to Mr. Egbedun, the governor submitted 25 names for the position of commissioners and another request for the appointment of 25 Special Advisers.

Osun state GDP is $7.5 billion, yet yearly IGR is less than N20 billion. If you add FAAC( Another N55 billion). Revenue to GDP ratio is 0.013%. Same goes for most states in Nigeria. Not excusing the fact that the civil service is indeed over-bloated.

The last Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that Osun state has a total GDP of $7.3 billion. This places it among the 14 states in Nigeria with the highest GDP.

It is however the second-lowest in the South-West region, only ahead of Ekiti state.

While such growth is commendable, data from NBS shows that the state still relies heavily on the statutory allocations from the federal government to meet its expenditure obligation, even though those allocations have been declining since 2018.
Also, when the state’s IGR is analysed on a per capita basis, it is relatively low compared to its peers. According to BudgIT, in 2021, Osun state’s IGR per capita stood at N3,678, which falls below the national average of N4,616. Osun state has the second-lowest IGR per capita in the South-West region and 19th nationally.

The names submitted as listed; Oladosu Babatunde, Bayo Ogunbamgbe, Sesan Oyedele, Kolapo Alimi, Soji Adeigbe, Moshood Olagunju, George Alabi, and Sunday Oroniyi are among the 25 commissioners nominated, according to him.

Others are Abiodun Ojo, Bashir Salami, Moruf Ayofe, Sola Ogungbile, Bunmi Jenyo, Ayo Awolowo, Wole Bada, Dipo Eluwole, Rasheed Aderibigbe, Moruf Adeleke, Adeyemo Ademola, Olabiyi Odunlade, Jola Akintola, Mayowa Adejorin, Adenike Adeleke, Tola Fasheru and Gani Ola-Oluwa.

A major problem plaguing Nigeria today is the increasing poverty rate. In 2019, NBS reported that Osun state has a poverty headcount ratio of 8.52% — ranking as the 3rd state with lowest poverty headcount. While this is commendable, there are fears that the poverty rate might have increased in recent times considering the fact that the national poverty rate has also climbed up. In 2019, the national poverty headcount was 70%; by 2020 it had increased to 73.22%. This year, the World Bank has said that the number of persons living in poverty in Nigeria will increase to 95.1 million, which is an increase of 6.7% from the 2020 figure.
With the increasing national poverty rate, Osun state may likely experience a corresponding increase in its poverty rate. Therefore, the people of Osun state should be interested in the candidate’s plans to keep the poverty rate in the state low.

To achieve meaningful development in the state, improvement in these indicators are critical and electorates’ voting decisions should be guided by the candidate who presents a plan that would mean advancement for the state on many of these indices.

Reacting to the appointment, Nigerians called out the governor for giving appointments based on favoritism rather than competence.

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PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : January 27th, 2023

The ABC of Osun Case!

Let me just explain what happened to you in the simplest of ways.

1) The BVAS is truly a game changer and should ordinarily be above manipulation.

2) The BVAS ascertains or validates voters’ identity, and it is mandatory prior to voting. Every voter must be BVASed before they are issued with a ballot to vote. In short, BVAS accredits voters.

3) After elections, the results are then collated and entered manually on INEC form EC8As. However, the number of voters on INEC Form EC8A must never exceed the number of accredited voters on BVAS. That’s over-voting and automatic cancellation under the EA 2022.

4) When a winner was declared by INEC in Osun elections, it was assumed by all that the BVAS and Form EC8As tallied. It was thought that Adeleke won and Oyetola lost.

5) APC applied for the BVAS report and Form EC8AS to file their petition days after the winner was declared.

6) APC in preparing their Petition found discrepancies between BVAS report and FORM EC8As in over 700 polling units. The votes recorded on Form EC8As literally exceeded what the BVAS accredited. There was over-voting by people who must have literally bypassed the BVAS either for not having PVCs or other dubious reasons.

7) Once INEC, PDP, and the Governor were served with the APC Petition, they all filed their responses and added/pleaded another entirely different BVAS report, which INEC now DUBIOUSLY called a “SYNCHRONISED BVAS Report.”

7) So, there were two BVAS reports before the Tribunal. The one issued to APC before they filled their petition and the one issued to PDP during the pendency of the petition.

8) At the Tribunal, each party strove hard to prove which BVAS was credible and which was not. The Tribunal then had to decide that….

Now, you please be the judge. Which of the two conflicting BVAS does your conscience, if functional, say is credible? The first one that was used to declare a winner on the elections day or the other “SYNCHRONISED BVAS” that was issued to PDP and co almost 30 days after a winner was already declared and during the pendency of the Petition of the APC???

What does your functional conscience say?

I think INEC National should be grateful to APC/Oyetola/Osun for helping them expose the manipulation that dubious politicians can subject the BVAS to. Plus, voters must now know that bypassing the BVAS is not helpful. Everyone must be accredited by the BVAS to be eligible to vote.

– Misbau