Following his victory as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the September 22 governorship election, 64 year-old Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola has been sworn in as the new governor of Osun, succeeding Rauf Aregbesola, who rounded up his eighth-year tenure midnight of Tuesday.
Before taking his oath of office, administered by Justice Oyebola Ojo, the Chief judge of Osun, at exactly 12:55pm, Oyetola’s deputy, Benedict Alabi, had earlier taken his oath at the event which held at the Osogbo Township Stadium, with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha; National Chairman of the ruling APC, Adams Oshiomhole; National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu; the Ooni of Ife, HRM Adeyeye Ogunwusi, former and serving governors in attendance.
Oyetola, the immediate past Chief of Staff in the state government’s house and fifth civilian governor of the state, had defeated his closest rival at the keenly contested poll, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with 482 votes (considered the smallest margin ever in a Nigerian governorship election), despite previously trailing the PDP candidate with 353 votes before the rerun exercise in seven polling units that gave him the victory.
Adeleke and his party (the PDP) are however challenging the outcome of the election at the state election petition tribunal.
The state created in 1991, has had Isiaka Adeleke rule between 1992 and 1993, Chief Bisi Akande (1999-2003), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (2003-2010) and Rauf Aregbesola (2010-2018) as governors respectively.