Succession politics and the limit of ignorance

  • Osun West Senatorial bye-election has come and gone, not unexpectedly, with its twists and
    turns; sounds and bites. Victors have since July 8, 2017 been counting their blessings while
    losers have also been unrelenting in licking their wounds with threatening affection! On the
    whole, June 21, 2014 has again happened to the progressive camp in the State of Osun and one
    can only pray that appropriate lessons from whatever remains of its wacky outcome would not be
    wasted on the altar of ego and sycophancy. It is also believed that ingrates and renegades who
    have turned the misfortune brought upon the state by Isiaka Adeleke’s sudden death into
    a ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ personality clash will ‘sheathe’ their swords for the good of the party and
    Except we want to be economical with the truth, what played out on July 8 was the opposition’s
    way of telling Nigerians that, given the opportunity, it can still use the weapons of rice, money
    and other instruments of ‘stomach infrastructure’ to spring surprises on soft
    targets. Unfortunately, the ruling party’s inability to keep its house in order nationally, plus
    economic reforms that have, for want of a better expression, been struggling to put food on the
    table of the common man are rubbing off on the states and may affect the party’s fortunes in
    future elections if concrete steps are not taken to address the situation. All
    Progressives Congress (APC) needs to wake up from its slumber, cut off the pretence and carry
    out clearance operations before it is too late.
    Nigeria is in tough times and all eyes can see it. The political turf is heating up as we gradually
    approach another election year and it is as if those who never wished Muhammadu Buhari and
    his government well have now had their prayers answered. The economy is bleeding and it
    seems as if the national government is satisfied with snoring on a mattress overstuffed with
    excuses as a way out of the socio-economic logjam. In politics, little things count. Taking refuge
    in short-term measures, even when they are energy-sapping or funds-demanding, go a long way
    in addressing the nasty tragedies, extant confusions and conceptual impressions that
    have been threatening the fragility of the egg called Nigeria. Behaving as if 2018 is 1000 years
  • away, or as if 2019 will never come, will not help a ruling party that is already
    being derided as ‘can do better as an opposition party.’
    At a time like this, Osun comes to mind. APC must do all it takes, lawfully, to remain in power
    so as to prevent a reversal of the gains of the last seven years. Osun cannot withstand a repeat
    of the disaster of the years eaten by the locust, when our common patrimony was used to cater to
    the needs of some selfish few. It is common knowledge that all the gratuitous attacks, barefaced
    lies and harebrained fabrications against the Rauf Aregbesola-led government are mere
    samples of what to expect in next year’s governorship election. To be honest with
    ourselves, APC’s defeat in the last bye-election was facilitated from within by the Judas Iscariot
    who embraced coded languages to give performance a new meaning. The challenge of
    change, salary quagmire, even pensioners’ palaver played secondary roles.
    With regard to 2018, all I see for the progressive in Osun is victory; and Aregbesola’s
    outstanding performance in office is an indication that the battle has already been won! But this
    is not to say that there won’t be challenges on the road to this assured victory. In any case, that’s
    the beauty of democracy! Anything short of that is a recipe for chaos! For instance, while no
    government has ever done a quarter of what this administration has done for Osun since its
    creation, it is rather unfortunate that Aregbesola is seen out there more as a ‘salary unpaying’
    government than one that has turned the state into ‘construction site’. Sadly, too,
    while issues surrounding the salary challenge point in the direction of a national crisis, that
    some ‘food-for-the-stomach’, false democrats are insisting that Osun’s should be treated as a
    case in isolation is a mystery for students of political history to unravel.
    So much has been said about democracy described by Abraham Lincoln as “the government of
    the people, by the people, and for the people.” But if this system of government thrives in a
    society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges, why do Nigerians continue to
    suffer, irresistibly, from what Pius Adesanmi once referred to as “acute malaria”? When, for
    instance, Kunle Ologundudu accused Kayode Fayemi of using state funds to build mansions as
    well as run a private university, why did the electorate gullibly subscribe to the untruth without
    raising a finger? Similarly, why has Osun suddenly become the rumour capital of Nigeria and
    what’s being done to present issues as they are? When has it become a crime to democratically
    avoid the resurrection of a deadly Wike/Amaechi crisis or the replication of a ‘Tarka-me-I-
    Daboh-you’ Kwankwanso/Ganduje face-off in Osun? Apart from other laudable programmes
  • undertaken by this administration, have we forgotten its noble contributions to the triumph of no
    fewer than 50 of our medical students in Ukraine?
    More importantly, why have some quarters not appreciated Osun’s innovative means of
    alleviating the plight of its workers through its salary apportionment approach? With this regime
    in place, only a section of workers on grade level 12 and above (that is, about 20% of the state’s
    total workforce) have been receiving 50% of their gross salaries based on an agreement between
    the government and the labour union. “Outside that, officers on levels 8-10 receive 75 percent of
    their salaries while officers on levels 7 and below who constitute about 65% of the
    workforce receive their full pay.” Good to note also that “all workers in the state have received
    their salaries up to” July 2017 “in line with the agreement the government has with
    workers.” The fulfillment of its promise to pay the outstanding as soon as the financial fortunes
    of the state improve can be seen in the judicious disbursement of the second tranche of the Paris
    Club refunds.
    Let’s come to the issue of “the same uniform”, a policy which, in more than a manner of
    speaking, elicits interesting ideas that should naturally tempt one into scrutinizing some
    important assumptions. Ignorantly or mischievously, Aregbesola’s traducers have not only
    forgotten the advantages that attended its implementation, they have also gone a step further to
    describe it as an ‘it can only happen in Osun’ affair. For the avoidance of doubt, “the same
    uniform” policy has long been in existence in countries like Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile,
    China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
    If the aforementioned countries are examples too far to cite, what of Ghana and Benin
    Republic, our next-door neighbours?
    May principalities and powers, assigned to rubbish our leaders’ efforts, scatter!
By   Abiodun KOMOLAFE

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    -When you are a leader, never underestimate the political value of anyone.
    -Always assess people’s needs and embark on people -oriented projects.
    -Never impose on people, needless projects for the benefits of your pocket.
    – When a football player commits foul, he is given a caution (yellow card ). If he repeats the same, he is given red card and sent out of the field.
    – The results of Osun West Senatorial election yesterday is a warning signal to the present government to change it’s anti-people, i don’t care attitude and policies, hence, it will be given red card in the next gubernatorial election in 2018.
    -If you pay Half salaries, what you get is Half Votes.
    – The victory of the PDP does not mean we have totally overlooked their massive misrule in the past years. This is a protest votes by the unpaid /underpaid workers and pensioners and neglected masses of the State.
    -Ona baba Ona(without vehicles ), mega schools(with hungry teachers and pauporised students ), O-this and O-that(without any tangible results ), will not vote on election days. But people, people and people will always vote.
    -When you neglect people, your opponent gets Ibo baba Ibo which is more than Ona baba Ona.
    -Change for better or be kicked out in 2018.

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