The Osun State House of Assembly (OSHA) as well as the 2023 general election is closer to what we can imagine. The countdown is ticking faster and the political environment is feeling a different dose. The baton will be changed, and power will change hands from the presidency, senatorial, house of representatives, governorship and house of assembly.
In this post, we shall focus on the strengths of the major candidates from Iwo contesting for the seat at the Osun State House of Assembly. The duel among candidates to represent the most populous local government in Osun State at the Osun State House of Assembly (OSHA) looks interesting with the calibre of faces who are involved. The political activities are fully live as the date of the election is drawer closer.
Iwo Constituency is of the seats at the Osun State House of Assembly (OSHA) that represent its people to make and enforce laws.
Many candidates have lined up to take over from Hon. Halil Dodo who just completed his four-year tenure as the honourable representing Iwo Local Government in Osogbo.
The outgoing representative of the Iwo constituency, Hon Uzamot Halil Adebayo hails from Molete quarters, Iwo. He is a grassroots political and an astute administrator.
Let’s go through the analysis of the Osun State House of Assembly Candidates from Iwo.
1- Adelaja Kasali Nurudeen
Adelaja Kasali Nurudeen hails from the family of Mr & Mrs Kasali of Olosi’s Compound, Oke-Adan Quarters, Iwo, Osun State.
Adelaja was born in 1978 and graduated from the Federal University of Ekiti, Ekiti State as a civil engineer. He also has both OND and HND in Civil Engineering from Osun State College Of Technology, Esa-Oke.
Adelaja has been actively practising his profession. He has also served in different capacities towards contributing his own quota to the development of the engineering industry. He is an experienced engineer. Also, he has handled a good number of projects in Osun, Ogun and Lagos State.
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Adelaja Kasali Nurudeen is probably the youngest of all the candidates vying for the seat in Osogbo to represent the good people of Iwo Local Government and his youthfulness has continued to be one of his strengths.
Adelaja is not a strange name to the All Progressive Congress (APC). The name Adelaja has its genesis during Rauf Aregbesola’s administration. Adelaja almost contested in 2014 for this same seat. However, Aregbesola was able to manage the situation and Adelaja was rewarded with a position in Ogbeni’s second term.
Adelaja was a member of APC for a good number of years. He was an aspirant in the just concluded primary for this same OSHA seat, unfortunately, he could not get the ticket.
One of major his strengths is that he is being backed and supported by the popular Islamic organization, Jamatul-Tawaun Muslim led by the Grand Mufti of Yorubaland, Sheikh Imran Molasaan.
The Ameer of the Islamic organization, Sheikh Daood Imran Molaasan, led a peaceful rally around Iwo a few weeks ago in support of the candidacy of the ADP house of representatives and Osun State House of Assembly.
Adelaja Kasali Nurudeen popularly known as Adelaja is contesting on the platform of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and he is determined to replace Hon. Halil Dodo come in February 2023.
Can the intimidating number of Jamatul-Tawaun Muslims and the influence of Sheikh Daood Imran Molaasan in Iwo help the candidacy of Adelaja?
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2- Hon. Tunde Akinwola Akinlawon
Tunde Akinwola Akinlawon hails from Agbarale compound, Oke Adan Constituency, Iwo, Osun State.
Hon. Tunde Akinlawon studied Banking and Finance at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State then proceeded to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) where he bagged his Bsc. Accounting.
Hon. Tunde Akinlawon has served as a vice chairman of the Iwo Local Government Council. He was also the leader of the Iwo Local Government Parliamentary Council. He has also served as a councillor of Ward 10 (Oke Adan 3), Iwo Local Government.
Hon. Tunde Akinlawon is a thorough breed politician for decades. He is a grassroots politician of great repute. He was the senior special assistant position to the governor of Osun State (SSG Office). Also, he was an advisory member of the Osun State Library Board.
He has deep experience and exposure having worked in both the public and private sectors. Hon. Tunde Akinlawon is the Secretary General of the Iwo Action Council (IWAC). He is also a Co-Founder of the Iwo Action Council (IWAC) and Iwo Day Celebrations.
APC is now the opposition in Osun State after eight years of the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and four years of Governor Gboyega Oyetola. Does APC with its divided house have the ability to defeat the current administration?
Hon. Tunde Akinlawon is a card-carrying member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the candidate for the Osun State House of Assembly 2023 election.
Hon. Tunde Akinlawon is a man to beat with his wealth of experience and political engagements in Iwo and Osun State as a whole.
3- Adesina Rabiu Atanda
Adesina Rabiu Atanda was in 1976 to the family of the Late Alhaji Rabiu Alagbe of Baamolu’s compound Oke Adan, Iwo Local Government, Osun State.
Adesina Rabiu Atanda has both OND and HND in Banking and Finance from Osun State Polytechnic Iree. He had his Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in social work and Master’s in Accounting from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso (LAUTECH).
Adesina Rabiu joined politics started from a tender age, being a son of an astute politician, Late Alhaji AbdulGafar Alani Rabiu popularly known as Baba.
Alhaji AbdulGafar Alani Rabiu a strong member of All Progressive Congress (APC). Baba baba was one of the founding members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Iwo and Osun State.
Adesina worked for the Ministry of Rural Development and Community Affairs, Osun State as a Community Officer for five years. He has also served as an assistant Executive Officer at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN). Besides being a civil servant, Adesina Rabiu is a practising farmer.
It is rumoured that Adesina Rabiu is being sponsored by Alhaji Moshood Adeoti popularly known as Sheehuuu.
Alhaji Moshood Adeoti is an astute politician who has distinguished himself over the years. Sheehuuu, as he’s fondly called by his supporters, is a grassroots politician of great repute Adeoti is a political icon who has proven himself beyond a reasonable doubt to be a manager of human and resources.
Adeoti is known for being a man with depth knowledge of nurturing political parties from nothing to something and is an ally of the late Alhaji AbdulGafar Alani Rabiu, the father of Adesina Rabiu.
It is said that the late Alhaji AbdulGafar Alani Rabiu has paid his due in the political arena, therefore, it is a way of rewarding the ARA’s candidacy in the forthcoming Osun State House of Assembly come February.
In addition, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the ruling party in Osun State is an advantage to the candidacy of Adesina Rabiu. It is also understood that some aggrieved members in APC and TOP members are fully behind ARA.
Adesina was once a card-carrying member of the All Progressive Congress APC where he participated in all the political activities that took place in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
Adesina Rabiu Atanda was one of the APC’s aspirants for the House of Assembly for 2023, however, he was denied the chance to partake in the primary election and failed to clinch the ticket. He is now a card-carrying member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the candidate for the Osun State House of Assembly 2023 election.