Osun 2019: Legislative Houses’ Aspirants in Last Meeting Re-Alignments
***As New Gov’ll determine their fates
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Since the staggering elections have crept into the country’s electoral system, fates of aspirants to various Legislative Houses are always determined by the sitting governors whose anointed candidates always win elections that would usher in new lawmakers.
Osun State, just like other states like Ekiti, Anambra and Rivers falls into the category of states which determine who make laws for the good people of their various states both at state and national levels like the State Houses of Assembly, House of Representatives and the Senate.
Staggering polls came about through various court verdicts that nullified elections of wrongly declared winners by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The electoral body in 2007, declared Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the duly elected governor of Osun State. The candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his party cried blue murder and headed for the Election Petition Tribunal. The legal battle that lasted over three years was eventually in favour of the latter in October 2010.
Aregbesola’s victory paved ways for his party’s contestants, who were earlier defeated by the PDP candidates under the defeated Oyinlola and his PDP. The victory rubbed positively on all contestants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
For example, former Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Babajide Omoworare, who was defeated by the former Deputy Governor of Osun Stae, Otunba Iyiola Omisore in 2007 lost to Omoworare in 2011 under Aregbesola for the Osun East Senatorial contest. The same thing happened in the case of the late Otunba Isiaka Adeleke who, in 2007 defeated the APC candidate, Hon. Mudashiru Oyetunde Ussein for the Osun West Senate seat. In 2011, Hussein, under Aregbesola upstaged Adeleke for the same seat.
This scenario also affected Local Government elected officials like the Chairmen and Councillors.
The dilemma staring aspirants to Legislative Houses across all the political parties in the face in Osun State during the electioneering for party tickets was who to support among the governorship aspirants pounding the streets of the state, the reason is simply because support for a wrong candidate would sound the death knell of their 2019 aspirations. And at the same time, it is not political expedient to sit on the fence in the process of picking the parties’ flagbearers.
Against this background, while some Legislative Houses aspirants are attempting to play smart by being friendly to all the aspirants, a couple of them have chosen consultations with spiritualists as a way to knowing where and with whom to pitch their tents. Only a few ones among them were boldly identifying with their preferred governorship aspirants without minding whose ox is being gored in the process.
During period, there were two major strong political parties to be reckoned with-APC and PDP. Immediately after the emergence of the two candidates for APC (Gboyega Oyetola) and PDP (Ademola Adeleke), Legislative Houses’ aspirants started massive alignment to be in their good books with a view to courting their favour for their Legislative Houses aspirations.
However, after the primaries that threw up the parties’ candidates, the Nigeria’s political factors crept in. Recall that the controversies that trailed the primaries in the two parties ruptured the parties to their foundation which effects were cross-carpeting to other parties.
A couple of examples would suffice to buttress this submission. The former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Mohood Olalekan Adeoti (Sheu), angrily left the APC and moved to a new party-Action Democratic Party (ADP). Another former SSG in the state, Alhaji Fatai Akinade Akinbade moved from PDP to African Democratic Party (ADC), while the former Deputy Governor, Senator Christopher Iyiola Omisore left the PDP for the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
All the above mentioned aggrieved politicians were lured into their new political parties with governorship tickets, the denial of which led to their decampment.
Now, the chips are dawn as the candidates are finally going for the last showdown in less than 24 hours from now. The permutations surrounding who carries the day have sent the legislative houses running from pillar to post in massive realignments with who they think stands better chance of winning the election.
They are still criss-crossing the whole state and beyond consulting their godfathers as well as their spiritualists for directions as who to support. AndTHE PARROTERS can inform that while some stick to their guns on where they are now, some are already moving from one candidate to another based on the advice and directives of their fortune tellers.
In fact, the next few weeks will witness political commotion of unimaginable proportion as shifting of allegiances would be the order of the day in the state
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