SIR: The road to winning an election begins with the choice of candidate, Oyo State gubernatorial race is not an exemption. Many aspirants have been going about flaunting their credentials, which is good. But there is also the need to sieve the chaff from the grains. Yes! “An immigrant who disconnects himself from his people at home has covertly hung the proverbial bag of servitude”. We must be wary of those “foreign” aspirants who only come back home to reap from where they did not sow. They become ubiquitous when elections are around. They short-change those aspirants who remain at the grassroots with the electorate during the rain and the sunshine. They remain chirpy with their people attending to their immediate needs at all times.
It one is not involved today in creating tomorrow’s markets; he is not likely to find himself competing in them. The greenhorns in the political arena see themselves as the “Serubawon”-the intimidating personae because they are aided by their godfathers who see them as an investment from which they expect huge profit. The point is that when they are “installed”, our commonwealth is lifted to the godfathers’ accounts at the expense of the people. We must shine our eyes!
From inception in 1976, Oyo State has not been governed by inexperienced people. The late Cicero, Uncle Bola Ige was a political wizard. He was governor between 1979 and1983. Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo was an active commissioner of education. He was Oyo State governor in 1983. Chief Kolapo Olawuyi Ishola was chairman, Akinyele Local Government. He governed Oyo sSate from 1992 to 1993. Alhaji Lamidi Onaolapo Adesina was in the House of Representatives in 1979/83 before becoming governor from 1999 to 2003. Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja was a distinguished senator. He was governor from 2003 to 2007. Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala was chairman, Ogbomoso North LGA and deputy governor before he governed the state between 2007 and 2011. The incumbent governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi was a distinguished senator before he won the governorship election in 2011.
We need to also consider the fact that a rat that has an active track would not sway while running away from its chasers. We should tilt toward that person who knows the nooks and crannies of Oyo State regardless of the zone he hails from. We are where we are by accident of history. Filibusters here and there may eventually lead to wrong choice. Wrong choice will ultimately bring failure.
Adelani Olawuyi writes from Ogbomoso.