Who Is Rauf Aregbesola? Why Was He Criticized As One Of Nigeria’s Worst Governors?

Rauf Aregbesola, in his 6th decade of life, was elected Governor of Osun State Nigeria from 2010 till 2018. Prior to his election in Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola was Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Lagos State under the leadership of then Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party. Rauf Aregbesola is a graduate of a lowly ranked institution, The Polytecnic Ibadan and acquired no further educational achievements to qualify as Governor of Osun state.

Rauf Aregbesola

In September 2018, as Rauf Aregbesola’s tenure as Governor came to an end, the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attacked Rauf Aregbesola with the following statements: “Rauf Aregbesola is leaving the state worse than how he met it in 2010. There is no better indication of the governor’s failure than the dysfunctional educational system, comatose healthcare, gargantuan debt, deplorable road, abysmal water infrastructure and several other negatives which the governor is bequeathing to his successor.” In October 2018, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari and Rauf Aregbesola’s preferred candidate for Governor of Osun State,  Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola, was announced as winner of a bitter election against PDP’s candidate Senator Ademola Adeleke.


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