A highly respected US based Akure elder and Prince Dr Wunmi Akintide early today wrote a passionate plea to the PDP Governors to rally round the Ondo state gubernatorial candidate Eyitayo Jegede SAN who also happens to be an indigene of Akure.
The former teacher of my alma matar lgbobi College Yaba highlighted the candidate’s professional and academic credentials.He went further to state that he has the right to choose his running mate for the October election.He ended by emphasizing no rational person will choose Ajayi as his running mate.
A man that has cross carpet three times within 2 months.He sees it as greed and lack of integrity.He believes it is not too late for the PDP Governors to rally round Eyitayo Jegede and that time is of essence.
The PDP staged its gubernatorial rally in Akure ,Ondo state on the 12th September .Notable PDP chieftains in attendance were the National Chairman of the party Prince Uche Secondus,Chairman of the campaign committee and Governor of Oyo state Seyi Makinde,Chairman of PDP Governors forum and governor of Sokoto state Amina Tambuwal.It implies only 2 out of the 16 PDP Governors graced the occasion.A similar event organized by the APC a week earlier was attended by the Vice President,9 APC Governors ,Senator Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande.Their attendance will definitely be a moral booster for the incumbent.
I am not in a position to know and speak on why most of the governors and party chieftains were absent.Out of 6 SW party chairmen only 2 were in attendance.l did not read about if any of the former PDP Governors or Senate presidents put up an appearance.
Unfortunately there are more factors that win elections in Nigeria than ideological leanings and academic laurels.In fact Manifestoes,policies,plans and programs are of no effect.That’s for the arm chair critics and elites who hardly venture out to vote.For a party in opposition its main aim is how do we win the election.What combination can do it.
That was why Buhari after 3 unsuccessful attempts had to team up with Tinubu to win in 2015.He equally teamed up with some of the politicians he locked up and jailed for corruption in 1984.Sometimes to get the crown you have to dine with the devil.
That’s the nature of Nigerian politics.Jegede wasn’t in a position to choose his running mate.He can make suggestions but the party has the final say.Only incumbents might have that privilege.Some of his co contestants have moved to rival parties.
The first ingredient you need in our politics and elections is finance.No votes without finance.Dibo kin sebe.Immediate gratification.Very sad and unfortunate though.But that’s the reality.If you don’t listen to those that can drop the cash and logistics how do you expect them to support you.
They know Ajayi has the money and political clout in Ondo South.He was a former House of Representatives member and currently the deputy governor.Despite joining PDP two months to the primaries he still came a close 2nd out of a field of 8.Teaming up with Jegede from Ondo Central will definitely give the incumbent sleepless nights.You cannot be dictating and be unnecessarily stubborn when you don’t have the sword.100 % of nothing is 0.The PDP Governors are for a winning team.Winning is the name of the game.Nothing less.Any Governor in charge should be able to handle his Deputy once in office.Catch the Bear before you sell its skin.
There is no place for agidi(stubbornness) talaka in Nigerian politics.Sometimes you have to stoop to conquer.Humility has it’s rewards.It pays.
Chief Femi Alafe-Aluko