Ambode Is Yet To Win, By Ojuekanmi Emmanuel
It will be expediently safe to consider using the word winning for Mr. Ambode in some esoteric context. Winning can be used in its natural habitat for other political ambition holders who were successful in their various political feats at the level they have vied. But for Fashola’s successor, winning the gubernatorial election only means that he just got qualified to show that he can win indeed.
For the masses, winning is winning the hearts of Lagosians; showing us that we made the right choice voting for him; telling us that a child born today will understand when he/she is eight years that Ambode was a decision made eight years ago and it paid off well; that seeing Fashola work so hard in the last eight years will mean that we never saw anything compared to what will unfold in years to come.
Winning is when the perennial nuisance of traffic (transportation), accommodation (housing) and power, the major plagues debilitating optimal amenity are healed. Winning is when the embers of inchoate threat to Lagosians-migrant’s happy co-existence is quenched. Winning is when the flicker of doubts the voters had when voting for him is totally extinguished. Winning is when all he will ask the Civil servants to borrow the state, or give up temporarily during economic austerity are returned as things get better.
For the oppositions, winning is not that he has the most votes credited to his name. Opposition will ever be oppositions whether or not later they become allied political forces. The stories written when they were political opposition will become history. Though he beat the opposition to qualify for a chance to win, he is not winning until his oppositions are able to see the magnitude of job they would have bought for themselves if they had won. He wins when they become overwhelmed by the absoluteness of integrity and transparency the public would have required from them, as they will see him (Ambode) give.
He wins when his cabinet and technocrats are inclusive of all who are well seasoned in work and character, without regards to their party allegiance. He wins when those to whom he commits state resources are effectively gagged to ensure the safety of our resources. He wins if, when critical and conflicting views are hurled at his administration, they are received, sieved and fed back fairly and in good spirit. He wins if the careful hand of political fellowship, extended to the oppositions seamlessly vaporizes the unhealthy rivalry the political waterloos they have suffered, have stirred. He wins if he is able to go through the oversight of the ever-begrudging and unwinnable political foes, unscathed. He wins if, at the twilight of his one or two tenure administration; oppositions after having considered the magic his hand has wrought, will tell themselves that they do not stand a chance to compete favourably in subsequent elections, thereby conceding defeat even before contesting(although they will manage to try) They are almost insatiable.
Governor Fashola has raised the bar, the job is now a little more challenging and more interesting. His time starts May 29, 2015. He can thence, show us that he can win. He has a good edge. Lagos is not as economically messed up as the whole place; the facts and stats are as good as gold for a starting point; and indices are healthy. The laws work well in Lagos. Continuity is the grand strategy. With just some push and pull, here and there in the right direction, we will all start winning.
We have done our part too by signing the dotted lines of political marriage, renewable in four years only once, without sufficient courtship though. We signed because of the political family you came from and based on that pedigree, we commit to you. We signed because of the wing of wings that bore you, and the credentials of those that launched you. What we do know is that a fruit does not fall far from its tree.