Naturally, when elections draw near in Nigeria, the polity is agog with a flurry of activities. All manners of human beings masquerading as politicians will be on hand selling their dirty wares to the unsuspecting masses. So, the emerging situation in Oyo State today is the usual hallmark associated with politics in this part of our world.Ironically, what motivates politicians in other climes to offer themselves to serve their people are most often than not in low quantum or non-existent in our own case.Politicians, who by their background, exposure and other known or hidden factors, qualify to aim to be councillors, will aim for the highest political position in the land. In our own system, acquisition of money, irrespective of the morality of its sources, were the only yardsticks either on the part of contestants or their supporters who are largely made up of rented crowd. So, altruistic factors for leadership do not matter in political calculations, as long as the would-be contestant has a deep pocket. The sad result of poor ascendancy in our political system stares everyone in the face. Even, in circles and quarters where one would have expected the stakes to be high and optimum standards put in place, what we get, shockingly, are pedestrian and self serving yardsticks.It is against this backdrop that one views the on-going melodrama in the build-up to who becomes the governor of Oyo State next February, as most unfortunate. It is worrisome that such things are happening in a state reputed to be the pacesetter in the country and the political headquarters of the Yoruba race. Or how does one fathom over 15 people jostling for the Peoples Democratic Partys (PDP) ticket in Oyo State' Could serious minded people who are desirous of serving their constituents genuinely be this blinded by ambition' Even if PDP has no opponents to contend with in the February, 2015 elections, it is very clear that the bickering and backstabbing that will follow the emergence of one of the palace jesters called aspirants will take another four years to contend with. Where then lies the interest, well-being and future of the hapless electorate on the chessboard of politicians who are rabid opportunists'If you look in the other directions, it is only Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party that could be said to have a semblance of political choice available for the people of Oyo State. That option on its own carries a lot of precarious liabilities that make the choice suspect. The other political gangs, looking for recognition and relevance daily to cover their treacherous past, could not be seen as a united force that could assuage the feelings of the larger percentage of the electorate in Oyo State.It is saddening if sharing of political lucre among party members is the main reason for disagreement among politicians elected to serve the people and protect their interests. It is equally uncharitable if the rivalry of who becomes a partys flag-bearer in the governorship race were the raison detre for dumping a political party that brought one to limelight. The electorates who toiled day and night laboriously to ensure that todays gladiators in Oyo State politics came to power no longer count. It is ego on display, backed by ill-gotten wealth. This kind of behaviour and the negative use of money to confuse the electorate may not achieve much this time around because the voting public is wiser than it used to be.Evaluating Abiola Ajimobis administration in the last three years, it is crystal clear that he has raised the bar of governance from the pedestrian level of yester-years to an Olympian height, that has made Oyo State an investors destination of choice. The fact that the governor, unlike his contemporaries in other states, is peace loving, gentle and humane cannot be denied, even by his political foes. Consequently, a man who loves and protects his people, irrespective of political affiliations, and who treated them fairly and equally, to all intents and purposes, remains the best man, still, for the job.The Ajimobi administrations footprints are spread across the state. Most of his policy thrusts are products of painstaking research and planning, with a photo-finish implementation strategies. Examples abound in his ground-breaking infrastructural development and beautification, youth empowerment, provision of portable water and maintenance of peace and security.Looking for a man who thinks outside the box, Ajimobi is it! The Ajimobi administrations giant strides in the area of quality road construction and expansion, resuscitation of the moribund Agodi Gardens and the introduction of modern management of refuse, establishment of a Technical University, among others are quite commendable.The administration has changed the face of the state through heavy investment in provision and maintenance of social infrastructure, as exemplified by the Mokola Fly-Over, the first of its kind in the history of any civilian administration in Oyo State. Unlike his predecessors, Ajimobis insistence on quality road jobs and fitting drainages that will stand the test of time, stands him out as a man of vision. If the assessment of experts were anything to go by, the road projects across Oyo State were done in line with best practices for the government to ensure value for money and the road users to enjoy a long lasting road network, geared towards improving the state economy.It is against this background that eminent citizens of the state and beyond have been associating with the Ajimobi phenomenon in Oyo State. The endorsements from the late Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola Alao, Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Olapade Agoro, notable individuals and groups, foremost traditional rulers, members of the academic community could only be symptomatic of the handiwork of a performing governor. The question that readily arises is: What can Ajimobi offer this cross section of the people that would make them a rented crowd or campaign instruments' Give it to them, they must have seen what God had used Ajimobi for in the lives of the Oyo State people, who in their estimation, deserved the best this time around, after many years of crass opportunism, maladministration and neglect by the erstwhile lacklustre political class.As it is customary, politicians at a time like this, will engage all manners of campaign of calumny, character assassination and diversionary tactics. One thing that should be paramount in the minds of the good people of Oyo State, as the election draws nearer, is to evaluate all those who will genuinely serve their interests. Political jobbers, opportunists and discredited politicians, particularly those standing trial for criminal charges, should be rejected at the polls, lest the people be taken back and the hope of a better tomorrow for themselves and their children will continue to hang in the balance.Since a bird in hand, is worth more than 10 in the bush, Ajimobi, who has been tested and seen to have a clear vision and rare commitment, should be trusted to complete his good works. It is precarious to gamble with todays disgruntled elements who have no clear record of public service, and who are better known as cobweb politicians with no clear-cut political pedigree and belief. Politicians that oscillate like an Ibo fan, are not the right class Oyo State requires to go to the next level.There is no gainsaying the fact that Abiola Ajimobis passion to serve, commitment and deliverables on his electoral promises in the last three years should earn him a second term without fuss. It is apparent that Ajmobis rare achievements as governor are the major albatross around the neck of opposition politicians in Oyo State today. They have a Herculean task of convincing people of throwing away a jar of honey in place of a piece of bean cake. However, the final decision of the good people of Oyo State is in the belly of time!Oluwa, a Public Affairs analyst writes from Ibadan, Oyo State.]]> Click here to read full news..