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2015: Putting round pegs in round holes

Published by Tribune on Fri, 12 Sep 2014


Whenever political parties in Nigeria are about to pick candidates for particular positions in Nigeria, a lot of issues play out. There are considerations based on zoning, antecedents, money politics, including god-fatherism. In some of the elections that we have seen in recent times personalities of candidates have been seen to have played a great part in the outcome.Initially, in the case of Ekiti State the party seemed to have zeroed in on Mr Ayo Fayose, though other aspirants were not happy at this. At the end of the day, the party's decision seemed to have paid off as the candidate won. Some analysts have said that the choice of Ayo Fayose did the trick because if another candidate had been chosen instead, it would have spelt doom for the party and made it difficult for the Peoples Democratic Party to beat the All Progressives Congress candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi.Same goes for the Osun governorship election in which some analysts have said that the PDP's choice could not have won the election for the party, though one could say this is a controversial view, even in the cases of Ekiti.Of equal interest is the primary election coming up in several parties across the country in the next few months. In the Oyo state chapter of the PDP the primary election to pick the governorship standard-bearer is fast approaching. Though the party is yet to pick its candidate, but party faithful already have in mind who their candidate would be, based on track record. With what we have heard and seen, it is an open secret that former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala is the man to beat.Fortunately or unfortunately, I am neither a politician nor a member of any political party, therefore I don't have the opportunity of participating in any political party's primary election. Yet as a political observer and a citizen of Oyo State it is very important that the party presents somebody with native intelligence who understands where the shoe pinches the people, someone who could apply the suitable medication. Enough of politicians who are serial propagandists but have little to show for their efforts.When Adebayo Alao-Akala was in the office the other time, I described him as a king who at his coronation rites opened the calabash of peace, wealth, honey and progress which signified that his reign was going to be peaceful, full of progress and developments. I am now vindicated that after almost four years that he left office, people are now yearning to have him back.Certainly, he prudently served the people with dividends of democracy. In his first period as the governor of Oyo State, he developed the state and made her the real pacesetter. He laid the yardstick of development beyond what his predecessors did.During his first term in office, one did not need to work in the secretariat or be a politician before feeling the positive impact of his administration. In the area of security within the state, it was he who took bold steps to curtail the havoc of criminals, and part of the steps was the donation of over 40 brand new Toyota Hilux Vehicles and several Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) to the state police command and 7,996 hectares of land for police housing scheme.Chief Alao-Akala was never a propagandist, his promises during the electioneering campaign were totally fulfilled. In the area of education, the state carried the burden of NECO and WAEC examination fees in public schools, while the state scholarship board was totally revived. He held Yoruba traditional rulers and leaders in high esteem.The PDP must do its homework very well and pick the best candidate who will deliver and the time is now.Shittu lives in Ibadan.
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