Ekiti APC Gubernatorial Primaries And The Multiplicity of Aspirants
As the All Progressives Congress, APC holds its primaries for the Ekiti gubernatorial candidates, Nigeria News takes a look at the setting.
The long line up of gubernatorial aspirants seeking the ticket of Ekiti State APC in Saturday’s (today) primary is not good enough. It is either there is a leadership vacuum or the leaders continue to deceive their followers about perceived support.
Yes, delegates will vote. But once the leaders decide, the pendulum should swing in a particular direction, the number of aspirants will reduce, considerably. One is also not persuaded that the old Abuja versus Lagos divide remains. It is a mirage for the undiscerning.
The multiplicity of aspirants could work against the party towards the election proper. Egos would have been bruised. Paperweight aspirants angling for appointments in Abuja as compensation for running could pollute the waters of party unity, giving way for the ruling party to gain the upper hand.
Engr. Segun Oni is a quality hand. But he lacks the charisma needed to charm voters like an Ayo Fayose. The Minister of Solid Minerals and the state former governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi is in the same league with Oni. His poor bonding with the people caused him re-election despite his sterling qualities. Senator Babafemi Ojudu may not join the grassroots to eat by the roadside as Fayose loves to do.
The formula worked for Fayose and I doubt if the stomach infrastructure agenda will work again.
However, Ojudu, having passed through journalism will easily bond with the lowly along with a capacity to charm them with his “Ibile” life.
Whoever emerges as APC flagbearer on Saturday has loads of work to do. Oni should be able to bank on his performance in office. Despite Fayemi’s loss of re-election, he has more than enough on the ground to prove that he performed while in office. Ojudu relates excellently with the youths and has serial testimonies about many he has assisted to climb the ladder of life.
But the outgoing Governor, Fayose, remains the ‘candidate’ to beat, despite being ineligible for re-election. Thus far, he is the one campaigning.
The APC candidate may want to push opinion in Ekiti to the effect that the actual candidate should roll out, instead of Fayose, who will not be there if PDP wins.
For Bamidele Opeyemi, the former Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, his chance is slim among the aforementioned. Though he relates well and has always acted like a church boy, the co-aspirants with him in this race are too rugged for him to compete with.
Bamidele is Lagos boy, having lived much of his life in Oshodi. He was a student activist, having led the National Association of Nigerian Students as president, but his “Aluta” mentality has failed to work for him for sometimes.
He was a member of the House of Representatives but lost out of favour with his mentor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for refusing to support Fayemi’s gubernatorial ambition.
Bamidele defected to Labour Party but failed woefully. He had since come back to the All Progressives Congress, APC with the hope that it is his turn to rule the fountain of knowledge.
Today, all eyes are on the various aspirants as the APC Ekiti delegates decide.