Osun, APC, PDP And Omisore – What Manner of Politics?
Nigeria News takes a look at the just concluded governorship poll in Osun and the manner of politics that played out.
With 255,505 votes, the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that polled 255, 023 votes in the Osun governorship election. In the rerun conducted yesterday, Gboyega Oyetola of APC beat Ademola Adeleke of PDP with just 482 votes and was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Before Wednesday, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had described the Osun State Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore as a man with many dents.
Beside the facts that Omisore was alleged to have involved in the killing of the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige, the senator had had a long battle with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over various allegations of frauds, including money laundering.
However, Omisore was never convicted on any of the cases against him. He contested for the gubernatorial seat on the platform of the SDP last Saturday and came third with over 124, 000 votes.
I could remember some years ago, Omisore invited the Afro singer Bisade Ologunde, popularly known as Lagbaja to his political rally but the musician turned down the offer.
Once upon a time, Lagbaja had sung an evergreen at the memorial musical concert for the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo organized by one of his disciples, Chief Bola Ige. Being a progressive and a protégé of Uncle Bola, Lagbaja declined Omisore’s offer.
Today, I wonder how Lagbaja would feel after seeing the picture of Oshiomhole and other members of the pupated All Progressives Congress where they had gone to visit Omisore, seeking his support for the Thursday governorship rerun election in Osun.
APC had deflated Omisore severally, reminding him of his dirty pasts and his role in the death of Bola Ige. But on Wednesday, Omisore became the bride of APC.
The party wanted Omisore badly now so that it could win the election. May the soul of Ige rest in peace, even though they have visited Omisore to pieces the dead man.
That picture is perhaps the small sore point of deep cancer that already ravages innermost part. The outside, like a tomb, still looks good, with few sores here and there but inside is already ravaged. I speak here of the status of progressive politics, whose bastion lies in Southwest Nigeria.
Cancer that is ravaging progressive politics is Nigeria’s defective governance structure. However, Progressive politics is dying, less from this debilitating cancer than from asphyxiation.
Cancer kills slowly, asphyxia kills faster. The custodians of progressive politics are suffocating it. The wait for the cancerous death is too long. Let progressive politics die, let pragmatic politics live.
That picture is the fruit of pragmatic politics. Embrace Omisore or watch Government House become a dance Hall. Pragmatics politics will bear more fruit. For instance, the probability of voting PDP in my lifetime used to be zero. But now, it may just be 1 in Lagos gubernatorial election, should PDP field Jimi Agbaje and APC fail to field Ambode.
Pragmatics politics is taking over, do we ride the tide or rebuild the ruins of progressive politics?
Of course one may want APC to win, the party has taken the way of a coup to win Osun instead of allowing democracy to take the path of fair and credible electoral process.