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Leadership, Politics And Nigeria Elections

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Nigeria News takes a look at the leadership and politics in the country.

The New York Times concluded that Nigerians voted the broom party, APC on the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari against Atiku Abubakar whose party lived on corruption that had given the country a bad image over the years.

The governorship elections on Saturday confirmed this narrative as voters chose character of leaders instead of parties.

Democracy is becoming more interesting in this part of the world. Politics of “Amala and Gbegiri” is gradually dying. The voters are more informed and no matter how much the politicians bring to the polling booths, the electorate may not be bought easily.

A very good example is Oyo State, where the electorate voted the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Seyi Makinde just because they detested the outgoing state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

The “constituted authority” as Ajimobi is being fondly called now has shown low leadership quality that the Oyo residents cannot tolerate again.

Not that Ajimobi did not do any good thing in Oyo State during his tenure, his arrogance and choice of words had redefined his character as a bad leader in the last few months.

Ajimobi failed to manage the crisis in the education sector. The pupils of public schools in Oyo State protested against the increment of their school fees from N1000 to N5000.

During the protest, about three of the pupils were killed by the police. The governor goofed when he addressed the protesting students of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, describing himself as a constituted authority that should be honoured even when the education sector is in shamble.

He also goofed in the demolition of the Fresh FM, belonging to the music Star, Yinka Ayefele. On every occasion that he defended his action, Ajimobi spoke with the arrogance that eventually reduced his public rating.

He became a bad market for the APC as residents of Oyo State rejected him and the party’s governorship candidate, Adedibu.

Sometimes, a candidate’s brilliance matters little but the quality of his allies, who represent the image of the political party he has emerged from.

What happened to APC in Oyo State was what happened to PDP in Kwara. The people chose personalities over parties. The “O toge” slogan is a rejection of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki but not the PDP.

In Kano, there is high hope that the PDP candidate, Abba Yusuf will win the election to oust the incumbent APC Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. The election in the state has joined the list of inconclusive polls, just because PDP was leading.

The electorate in Kano are more informed. They saw the trending video of Ganduje allegedly taking bribes from a contractor and how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had turned a blind eye to the corruption just because the governor is an astute supporter of President Buhari.

Yes, APC won the presidential polls in Kano, the electorate changed during governorship. They chose character over a party. That is the beauty of democracy where and when people decide to choose who will lead them despite monetary inducement and intimidation by the ruling government.

However, in Lagos, the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s logic has defied all plan by the opposition to break. Tinubu ensured the election of APC candidate, Jide Sanwo-Olu with a landslide victory of over 700,000 beating the PDP candidate, Jimi Agbaje who polled over 200,000.

In Lagos, the electorate gave their best to the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar with over 400,000 votes but voted for APC’s continuity on Saturday.

It is clear that Nigerians are getting closer to real democracy where it is tough to predict the outcome of elections.

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