Lessons Aftermath Ekiti APC Primary
Nigeria News takes a look at the APC governorship primaries in Ekiti state and how Kayode Fayemi eventually emerged winner among the 32 aspirants.
When the contest for the gubernatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC got deeper in Ekiti on Saturday, what was growing in my brain was the lessons that eventually came out of it. The contest showed that the race was not for the swift, judging by the results of the Saturday’s APC primaries.
I observed that morality has nothing to do with politics. If it has, the parents/wards of the 2050 beneficiaries of the Bimbo Daramola “Teach Them How To Fish” would have given note less a thousand votes, which could return him as the winner. Politicians see your good gesture as their rights.
It is not how early you started. If it was that, Femi Bamisile started barely 6months after Osoko was sworn-in as Governor and he was on track until the end. He came in the fourth position. The last to declare, just 21days to the election, Dr Kayode Fayemi came first.
Politics has nothing to do with War Chest. Ask Senator Gbenga Aluko, Engr. Kayode Ojo. Ojo came third while Aluko couldn’t muster 90 votes in total. Politics is no respecter of ‘external’ recommendations. Engr. Segun Oni was said to be loved by external forces, but to work. The internal factors decided better. You don’t run primary elections like the general election.
It has nothing to do with media presence and dominance. The media team of Babafemi Ojudu was fantastic but the man withdrew from the race. It has nothing to do with hate speech. The most abused won…as it was in the case of Mr Fayose in 2014 also.
It has nothing to do with one Lagos factor or old glory like Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, the former Lagos State Commissioner. He could only poll eight votes. As a matter of fact, it has nothing to do with who controls the executives of the party at the state level. Segun Oni was said to have over 2/3 of the State Working Committee yet it doesn’t translate to votes.
You don’t owe anyone an apology for your action. JKF declared last without reaching out to some of his allies, likewise, Ojudu pulled out too; for best reasons known to them. You can invest over #50million with assurances of sure delegates, only to secure zero votes.
It is honourable to pull out when you know factors on the ground isn’t to your advantage. Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Isola Fapohunda were strategic. Above all, one cannot outrun the principalities of any political structure that you never formed. Fayemi won based on structure. He simply showed that he is the principality of Ekiti APC. Fayose was the principality of the PDP and as such he could comfortably overpower Dayo Adeyeye and Olujimi.
Furthermore, the delegates aren’t fools. They know who can protect their interests better. The only person that can do such thing is that man who you keep a longstanding relationship with and not an accidental friend.
I have learnt my lessons…at least, I have learnt that you can invest over N200million and secure less than 200 votes. It also shows that one vote can be equal to N100million in primary elections.