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Oyinlola: A Soldier, a Gentleman, an Omoluabi…. By Kayode Oladeji


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To all mortals, every birthday is an opportunity to rejoice and thank one’s creator for the grace to witness the dawn of another year (of one’s life) in the land of the living. However, there are certain milestones which, if and when one attains them in life, they offer great opportunities for reflections, reminiscences and for one to tell stories. This is the given the fact many across the globe are denied such an opportunity simply because they don’t live long enough to attain to such milestone.In our clime, in particular, and at such times like we are living, the attainment of 70 years of age, is a great grace from God. On this account, it is, no doubt, a privilege for me to give 70 thunderous cheers to my boss, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a man of many parts, on his momentous 70th birthday. I recall that my first close encounter with him was in 1998 when a colleague and I, were working on a book project of his “twin brother”, Col. Theophilus Bamiboye (rtd).Naturally, because of his closeness to Bamigboye, Oyinlola readily became one of the few people we had to contact for the book to be whole. Four years later, precisely in 2002, fate opened another vista for me to even become much closer to him. By this time, he had joined politics in Osun State and was angling to clinch the Osun Central Senatorial seat. This, however, was not to be as fate provided other leeway for him, offering him an opportunity to steer the ship of the state as its governor, instead. In those tortuous years and stages, I was deeply involved before, during and after he joined the race. I solely manned the media for him before Mr. Femi Adelegan, a senior colleague and guru, came on board later to provide essentially, administrative support. Indeed, the road to Oyinlola’s emergence as the PDP gubernational candidate, was bumpy and horrendous. This came against the backdrop of three contentious party primaries that eventually produced him as the candidate and governor. Despite the gang-up of other contestants at each phase, Prince Oyinlola was coming atop at every point. When on Thursday, 6th February, 2003, the national secretariat of the PDP ordered the third and the last primaries for Oyinlola and co, his supporters were not sag in spirit. I recall that by Saturday, 8th February, 2003, we had…

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