The election season in Nigeria is gradually rolling in.
In barely three days, another governorship seat up for grabs will be filled, making it the third this year.
Earlier in the year, in March, to be precise, the people of Anambra chose Charles Soludo, the former deputy governor of the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), as their governor. Last month, Abiodun Oyebanji, Ekiti’s incumbent governor’s handpicked candidate, became the state’s governor-elect. And so, in the past month, Stears has been dishing out stories that help readers think analytically about these candidates throwing their hats in the ring.
This time, the people of Osun have to decide between their current governor and 14 other candidates to lead the state, popularly known as Ile Omoluabi (the land of the virtuous). The Yoruba's, a prominent tribe in Nigeria, refer to the state as where humanity started.
Osun is undeniably a state with a proud heritage—for humankind and the Yoruba clan especially. In addition, the state is blessed with enviable resources. For instance, Osun has gold—the world’s 7th most traded product—in commercial quantities. An investor, Thor Explorations, announced that it produced over 7,000 ounces of gold from Osun in February of this year. The state is also littered with monuments, sites, and several priceless artefacts that speak of its rich history. To date, an 18-feet staff carried by Oranmiyan, the grandson of Odùduwà, rests in the state.
Despite these remarkable attributes, Osun's financial base is low compared to other states.