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ANALYSIS: Pros And Cons Of APC’s Victory in Ogun State

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Nigeria News takes a look at the pros and cons of APC’s victory in Ogun State.

If the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) had won the governorship poll in Ogun State last Saturday, the outgoing Governor Ibinkunle Amosun would have been the greatest beneficiary not the thousands of masses that voted for the party.

Amosun, like his predecessors, was fighting to impose his stooge as State governor so as to take care of his personal business. Government in this part of the world is being run like a personal business.

Amosun’s movement has become so frequent in the suburbs of Ogun State, the boundary of Lagos State where according to findings he has some properties to take care of.

The boundary towns, which include Mowe, Ibafo, Asese, Magboro along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway of Ogun State have suffered neglect by successive governments of the state.

Most residents in these communities work in Lagos. The Ogun State Government has failed to provide social facilities of quality roads, hospitals, schools for the communities, despite that it accommodates one the highest populations of residents.

The government began the construction of Magboro-Makogi Road, two years ago but abandoned the project half way.

However, late last year, a contractor suddenly hit the Isheri part of Ogun, near OPIC to build an alternative road, leading to a new estate within that axis. It was gathered that the estate belonged to the state governor and that the only way to add value to the new site was to build a first class road to the place.

Work has since stopped at the site, perhaps because of the outcome of the gubernatorial election, which did not favour the governor. While, Amosun’s government abandoned the road projects that would benefit the larger populace, the governor was keen on finishing his personal project.

He raised a candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, sponsored his election but failed to capture the state. The governor has remained silent since Dapo Abiodun of APC defeated his candidate.

Amosun’s loss is masses’ gains because Ogun and Lagos States can work together under the same party. The two states share a common boundary. The Lagos Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA works with the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps TRACE.

The Lagos State Traffic Radio monitors the traffic situation from Berger Bus Stop to Shagamu Interchange, just because the two states are under the same party. Many of the carnages that occur on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway due to an accident are evacuated by the Lagos Ambulance Service.

There is no presence of Ogun State government on this axis, yet a governor is seeking a divorce from the marriage in which he is a higher beneficiary.

The elections of Abiodun in Ogun State and Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos State who are regarded as the anointed of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu signals a cooperation between the two states.

Though with some disadvantages, the former Lagos State Governor, Tinubu may want to foster a financial control measure on Ogun State as he does in Lagos State.

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