NEWS DIGEST – Ogun indigenes and dwellers will return to their various polling units on Saturday, 9th March to decide the faith of who will govern them for the next 4(Four) years.
The political sphere of the state has been divided towards ethnic line with some people calling for the state governorship to be zoned to the Yewa/Awori region of the state due to the fact that they (Yewa/Awori) have never produced a Governor to rule in the over 40 years existence of the state while the other regions has one time or the
other governed the state.
Olabisi Onabanjo governed the state between July 1978 to December 1983, Olusegun Osoba 1992-1993 and 1999-2003, Otunba Gbenga Daniel 2003-2011 and Ibikunle Amosun 2011 -2019
All the aforementioned governors hail from Ijebu, Remo and Egba respectively with Yewa/Awori still waiting for their own turn to be at the helm of affairs
Major contenders for the coveted seat in Oke-Mosan(The seat of power in Ogun State)
Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka (GNI) of the African Democratic Congress ADC, AbdulKabir Adekunle Akinlade ( Tripple A) of the Allied Peoples Movement APM, Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressive Congress, Senator Buruji Kashamu of the People’s Democratic Party PDP.
As the people of Ogun state go to the poll, are we going to see a repeat of 2011 where the state governor backed candidate lost out to a perennial aspirant or we are in for a shocker? only time will tell.
In 2011, the then sitting governor, Otunba Olugbenga Daniel was supporting Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, his anointed candidate who lost out to Adetunji Olurin in PDP before moving to Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) fast forward to 2019 the Incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s anointed candidate Hon. AbdulKabir Akinlade a serving honourable on the platform of APC also lost out to Dapo Abiodun before
moving to Allied Peoples Movement in other to actualize his political dream.
SIMILARITY BETWEEN THE TWO GOVERNORS AND THEIR CANDIDATES
Senator Ibikunle Amosun like Otunba Gbenga Daniel wanted to hand over power to someone from Yewa/Awori decent at the expiration of their tenure in office but the process at which they want to achieve it was not generally accepted by the party faithfuls Mr Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka of the ADC contested against the incumbent
governor on 2 occasions basking on the experience he has gathered over the years his supporters and his campaign team believes he stands a chance to get the mandate this time around. The major point of concern now is that the polls from his home region which is the Yewa/Awori will be shared between himself and the candidate of
APM because they are from this region. They are both going to test their popularity among their kinsmen.
Senator Buruji Kashamu of the People’s Democratic Party has been having issues with the Hon ‘Ladi Adebutu who has the full support of the party’s National leaders which did not avail him the opportunity to campaign fully but it is still widely believed that he can still garner much support from the east senatorial district that he comes from while this is also the senatorial district of Dapo Abiodun of the APC with this coming to play the votes from the region will be shared between the two leading candidates
Some people are of the opinion that Mr Dapo Abiodun will have a smooth run in the region
Major undoing of the leading candidates Akinlade – Some residents of the state who spoke with our correspondent said “aside from relying on Sen. Amosun he doesn’t
really have the goodwill to make things happen on his own”. Buruji Kashamu: as a serving senator he has not been able to coordinate the affairs of the major opposition party in the state which led to him having to get his mandate with the help of the court.
Gboyega Isisaka: he doesn’t have the full support of his region due to the fact that Akinlade is also from this region.
Dapo Abiodun: It was alleged that Mr. Dapo Abiodun will always go back to retrieve his goodies when he didn’t get the expected result from a place with people referring to his senatorial ambition in which he went back to recover some of the things he gave to them after losing the election.
Strength of each candidate
Mr. Gboyega Isiaka if there is anything working in his favour apart from being a Yewa/Awori person, it will be that he has moved up from being a perceived stooge of the former governor to a strong contender of the coveted seat after putting his house in order.
Mr. Dapo Abiodun enjoys the support of APC National leadership with vice president and former governor of the State Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Aremo Olusegun Osoba leading his campaign train through the city of Abeokuta.
What is at Stake?
There exist about 25 Commissioners slots for grab, 25 Senior Special Assistant, 25 Personal Assistants among other things while some people are only interested in having the governor to be their kinsmen others are banking on development of the state and blueprint as a model for development.