Abiola Ajimobi: Political Victory And Legal Victory: Consolidating On Achievements, By Babs Iwalewa
The recent judicial pronouncement of the elections petition tribunal in Oyo state has finally laid all misgivings that characterised the politics of Oyo State since the April governorship elections to rest.
The tribunal has affirmed the validity of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s victory at the gubernatorial polls. The legal validation of Ajimobi’s victory, establishes the suzerainity of the governor over the politics of Oyo state. He has not only broken a “so called jinx” of one tenure for anyone who rules Oyo state irrespective of performance in office, but by the verdict of the tribunal he has been given the democratic licence to consolidate on the achievements of his first tenure in office.
Governor Ajimobi’s foray into the politics of Oyo State has shaken and realigned the politics of Oyo State albeit in a dynamic and progressive manner. With courage, candour, corporate world experience, grassroots mobilisation and elite consensus, he has charted a new course that shall continue to be a reference point for some time to come. His achievements and style of governance so far can be likened to the progressive era of the late Premier of Western Region Obafemi Awolowo and the late former governor of the Old Oyo state Bola Ige.
His sustained efforts to dislodge and consign “Amala Politics” in Oyo State to the dustbin of history might have started yielding fruits,judging from the support he got from important stakeholders in the state, culminating in his overwhelming victory for a 2nd Term of
As the second phase of a new era in Oyo state is being witnessed, the governor should seize the opportunity and momentum which this 2nd term confers to consolidate on the achievements of his first term, particularly the Urban Renewal program across the major towns/cities in the state and particularly in the capital city of Ibadan. The seemingly intractable problem of street trading within Ibadan metropolis should also be tackled headlong.
It is hoped that this second coming of the governor will change the social, political, economic and geographical landscape of Oyo state for good.