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ANALYSIS: Falls of Fickle Politicians

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Nigeria News takes a look at the consequence of being disloyal to one’s party by some politicians.

The present political weather in the All Progressives Congress (APC) suggests that no one builds a dynasty without first creating a structure.

The two governors on the APC platform, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State who were disloyal to their party are facing the music now.

They threw up governorship candidates against the party that made them but failed to win the seat for their anointed ones. Fiercely they contested against their party but fell with very slight hope to bounce back to reckoning.

That is the way of fickle politicians who think more of the immediate gains rather than building a structure that can sustain them for a long time.

Amosun and Okorocha contested for senatorial seats under APC but raised governorship candidates from APM and AA to subjugate the influence of the APC in their respective states.

Amosun threw caution to the wind when President Muhammadu Buhari came to campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun State. He hired thugs to molest the gathering of the party leadership. The governor’s irate mob pelted the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the presence of president Buhari.

The governor boasted, “We are more than them. We will not allow the Lagos capo de tutti to take over Ogun State.”  Unfortunately for him, the Capo De Tutti won the governorship seat for the APC candidate, Dapo Abiodun in the Saturday election.

It is dawned on Amosun that he had been joking all along. He was suspended by APC and sacked by pride. The unfolding events are making democracy interesting in Nigeria. The downfall of Okorocha in Imo where the PDP candidate, the former deputy speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha had won the gubernatorial polls showed that the people could decide on what they want.

The Imo electorate voted and stood with their votes despite intimidation and various plots to manipulate the INEC officials by the ruling APC in the state.

Okorocha’s case was worsened when his name could not be found on the INEC list of senator-elect. Where does the outgoing governor belong now? Only God Knows.

INEC filled in Okorocha’s space, “declaration of result under duress”. An INEC official had cried out after the presidential and national assembly election that he declared Okorocha winner of the senatorial poll under duress.

As much as these elections are censured with allegations of malpractices, it has opened the minds of Nigerians and politicians to some sensitive games that could mar or make the political life of the players.

In the battle between APC and the two governors, one could easily infer the winners and the losers. The governors lost this battle on the ground that they lacked structure to build their own dynasty.

Amosun is not ready to bow to Tinubu’s political school while Okorocha was against the style of Oshiomhole but instead of them to learn and take time to build a strong structure for a successional politics, the governors jumped the gun.

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