As Osun Prepares for Election, the Truth Aregbesola Must Know By Rahaman Abiola Tohee
Not more than two weeks after the jaw-dropping outcome of Ekiti guber, methinks the political wave of consciousness in Nigeria has been so intense as many public observers and bystanders have surfaced, while there seems to be resurgence or emergence of different political analysts and intellectual architects of Nigeria’s political evolution, who are drawing the map of what possibly may be the fate of this nation in the next general election.
With what happened in Ekiti, many Nigerians are unarguably looking forward to seeing what will be the outcome of Osun guber election which will hold in August among the two political gladiators. And without scintilla of qualm, the political tension coupled with the abrupt and amazing change in political atmosphere of Ekiti state which voyaged beyond our prior expectation has, without doubt, called for manifold questions and envisagement on APC’s vulnerable political stand in the coming general election and likely the guber election of Osun state that is already at the back of the door knocking.
But for me, contrary to what people would say and agree upon, PDP winning the just concluded governorship election in the Land of Honour doesn’t design the fate of Ogbeni on the same slate in the state of Osun as many political soothsayers might have been envisaging, provided the latter starts realising his side of victory and areas of flaw.
It may be though somehow cacophonous in the auricles of active minds that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his loyalists and enthusiasts have been dashing out bags of rice to the masses, which I see as rehearsed display of fruitlessness and glaring manifestation of unrivalled gullibility, because there is more than rain after cloud; there is till a need for Ogbeni to go deep into the minds of electorate to know their bane and bile, problem and plight which are far beyond the so called ‘stomach infrastructure’ and the likes. If Aregbe knows that conquering the heart of citizens can fetch him what he wants, then it’s high time he went out and related with them rather than sitting on the two laps of encomium heaped upon him by public onlookers, internet lovers and pros, messengers of eulogy and the so called party leaders whose anthem of confidence is the recent ‘rig and rost’ garbled nonsense. If Governor Rauf doesn’t want to forfeit his political power of incumbency to his PDP muscle man as it happened in Ekiti, it is high time he stopped nursing his past achievements and looked forward to his future in office which will be determined by his ravenous quest to know his weakness and lapses from the hoi polloi- what his gluttonous cronies and sycophantic lackies will never tell him.
With the pertinent look of thing, there are much and manifold lessons he needs to have learnt from the last Ekiti election which re-elects Fayose into power again. He shouldn’t forget that what brought him to power was synonymous to what brought Fayemi into power also in some years back. Both were victims of denied victory in their respective states before the Tribunal later confirmed them winners after much ado and unending clamour. This connundrum of mystery that bound the fate of Fayemi and Aregbesola together the other time, which later haunted Fayemi out of the office may come back to chase Aregbe out of office too if proactive measure that yields to the political tempo of Osun people is not taken.
Undisputedly, nobody except the cynics and political zealots, bigots and devotees of opposition party who are extremely beclouded by the chronic and hereditary trait of partisanship will deny the fact that Aregbe has not performed up to the expectation of widely sought democracy, considering the political situation of Nigeria at present. He has indeed braved many roads in the last three and half years of his tenure as number one man of the state ranging from physical infrastructural amenities which are germane and paramount dividends of democracy, down to the level of human relation and social courtesy.
Aregbe has showed himself as one Moses of down-trodden Israelites in the Land of Virtue considering his humbleness, good character, and unparalleled democratic leadership, coupled with his enviable records of greater achievements apparently attested to by many political analysts and non-Osun indigenes.
However, all afore mentioned cannot enthrone him back to power, with the present epiphany of intellectual robbotism displayed in Ekiti, which has been a malady daily plaguing the poverty-stricken and hunger-ridden masses, who shall determine his fate as their governor.
Just like him, Governor Fayemi is a man of honour with good foresight. And having someone like him as a leader who can push the tandem of actively potent government forward on the lane of progress is a blessing and dream of mother Nigeria. He was however voted out of office, despite all his accomplishments, viable vibrancy, inimitable innovation and good-for-all programmes that are bereft of political stain and pollution, by his people on the feeble claim that he is an elitist , and he had not been eating ‘suya’ and corn, roasted banana and groundnut with them which his PDP opponent was operating effectively.
Similarly, Ogbeni must know that electorate is victory deciders. Theirs is to vote who they want, but the responsibility of governor is to maintain balance proximity with them. Creating physical nexus with people at this crucial point in time through grassroot campaign will be of important channel through which massive supporters can be canvassed to his camp.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola should also note that power of incubency has nothing to do with his victory. Nigerians have woken up from slumber just to allow political cognizance and moral sanity to be installed in them. Nigerians have learnt to recognize the fact that only aspirants who dance to their tom-tom will have their sympathy. Had it been that incumbency has any significant attachment to winning an election, the likes of Alao Akala, despite all persistent displays of tyranny, wouldn’t have got defeated, during 2011 general election, while ex- governor John Fayemi wouldn’t have succumbed to Fayose in an election that clad on garment of bewilderment.
Well, I don’t blame the decisive people of Ekiti and I don’t think they shoud be neither crucified nor flagellated for making their choice and deciding their fate for next four years of new government. This is because an average Ekiti man will tell you that Ayo Fayose’s thunder stricken victory was owned to his well strategized campaign marketing of grassroot-ism rather than that of ‘elitism’ embarked upon by his APC counterpart- what I disregard, and still regard as staggering claim of a fallacist. Ekiti has the lowest and ridiculous monthly allocation of N2.5b from federal account among all thirty-six states in Nigeria, which Fayemi transparently managed and judiciously disbursed on laudable projects. But one will be left agape that this kind of visionary messiah who was just being awarded the best governor in Nigeria ahead of his other APC and PDP counterparts was tagged aloof and voted out of office in an election that took on ridiculous colouration. That is politics by the way. You find foes among friends, and back-stabbers among confidants. What Aregbe just needs is to steer the middle cause so as sow balance between his pros and antis.
Conclusively, there is a recent picture of Omisore on commercial bike amidst masses waving hand and grinning, which has already gone viral. It has been calling for unnecessary tongue waging, sympathy and endorsement among public folks and hoi polloi. But obviously, the question which we need to ask ourselves is: isn’t this a cajole aimed at ensnaring the gullible and easily tamed minds? Politicians are so desperate. They use different forms of trickery to achieve what they want not minding the aftermath. We should not forget that this same trick was used against the candidacy of Fayemi before the people of Ekiti state. Who doesn’t know that that Fayemi’s mandate was sold to political conspiracy and propaganda, permutation and manifested hypocrisy by his people? If Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola does not see this as a challenge which needs to be given critical consideration and attention, his fate which will be decided in August may be nailed on the rood of regret.
May God save Nigeria from her political confussionists, intellectual paranoids and political spartacus and crixus.
-Rahaman Abiola Toheeb is a writer, critic, public observer.
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