￼By Ikokwu Chidozie Ikemba
We have seen the express moves and motives of those craving for power at Abeere, Osogbo.
The seat of power has continually produced strokes of controversy from the Nigerian view point.
With the recent demise of the foremost pioneer Governor of Osun state, one must be quick to pick the tension that 2018 election will produce.
An appraisal of the incumbent has received several backlash, with many voicing opinions on how the Aregbesola administration has delved into so many projects with no pin-point success. Many from the opposing parties have aired their views about the shortcomings of the ruling party in the state and the race to power in 2018 is already up.
Who are the political gladiators and the permutations ravaging the various caucus?
There were wide speculations that the late Senator Adeleke was a top contender in the Abeere office.
Every LG wants a representative at the executive with the motive of direct or favourable development of their LG Area. This begs to point out the mindset of the electorate at the polls.
Osun needs a versatile, courageous, people oriented, pragmatic, experienced, capacity proven, flexible, industrious, collectivism type of leadership.
The taste of honey is well known to both the old and young.
From the array of those angling for the seat of power;
Hon Lasun Yusuf
Femi Fani Kayode
Prof Wale Ladipo
Kayode Oduoye (Super Kay)
Hon. Adejare Bello
Sen. Iyiola Omisore
Sen. Jide Omoworare
We must begin to critically analyse and review these individuals without bias or sentiments, knowing fully well we want development for Osun and not a LGA.
The interest must be for all and not a few. The question of “who shall we send to resecue” Osun from the norm begs for developmental answers and not the Messiah view are presently witnessing.
Every sector in the state must witness a visible and articulated project that is of human development not cronies related agenda.
Who is a leader in this context?
One who is ready to listen and serve the people not his interest or political empire. One who has an outside of the box kind of agenda. One who is ready to set aside political differences and focus on improving the socio-economics status of the state. One who will hit the ground running once elected. One who will provide an achievable and dedicated team. One who will not grow affiliations but relationship with the people.
From the above intuitive agenda, the job goes to the candidate who has done his/her homework properly.
We must not allow our judgement to beclouded by sentiments or immediate gains. The time for our state Governors to be resourceful is now.
We can not afford to be solely dependent on allocations from the central while we leave resources at state level untapped.
Imagine if the present administration has invested wisely into agriculture with standard road network, complimentary educational program, privatization of other key sectors of the state( with an administrative line of supervision from the executive) and a localized entrepreneurship hub with the aim to export and not the charade we currently have in place.
Notable politicians are positioning themselves to clinch their parties’ nominations, by seeking the backing of the juggernauts, influencers and kingmakers within the folds of their respective political parties.
Among the aspirants that have overtly or covertly signified their interests in governing the state in 2018 are Lere Oyewumi, Adejare Bello, Wale Ladipo, Iyiola Omisore, Adeola Adewopo and Kayode Oduoye, all on the platform of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
From the ruling APC are; Jide Omoworare, Yusuf Lasun, Mojeed Alabi, Gboyega Oyetola and Nojeem Salaam are some of the con tending factors for the position of the number one citizen of the state.
From a well spoken and knowledgeable FFK; to a well read and party man, Prof Ladipo; to new entrants like Super Kay, Ayombo, Oyetola, Oyewumi; to those who we may consider as experienced, Hon. Alabi, Hon. Adejare Bello, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, Sen. Jide Omoworare, Hon Lasun.
Who does the cap fits to deliver the expected grassroot level of governance expected in Osun?
The people are ready to ask questions, monitor any of these projects in their zones, report and hold their leaders accountable.
It will be advisable for CSOs and citizens to find out who contracts are awarded to, follow the disbursements of funds and the execution of projects.
2018 is tomorrow and the race is for the people to choose who is best to serve them rightly. Opinions may differ but the people remain paramount.
Ikokwu Chidozie Ikemba
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