Pretense, Love and Envy Ahead of 2019 Poll
Nigeria News takes a look at the rapport among the political gladiators in the Southwest before the campaign will begin for the 2019 election.
A few weeks ago, the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has joined the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to receive Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to launch “Trader Moni” in the state.
The Trader Moni is the initiative of the Federal Government and Bank of Industry to assist small-scale marketers in growing their businesses. This, of course, has come less than two weeks that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will officially declare political campaign open.
So, Osinbajo had to visit some markets in Lagos and with him was Sanwo-Olu who has to key into the idea to mingle with the petty traders within popular Lagos markets.
Having been at the corridor of power for years, grassroots politicking is not new to Sanwo-Olu. However, he will need the support of Ambode during the rally to show Lagosians that all is well with APC.
But one must quickly note here that Ambode has quickly lost confidence as it reflected in his interaction with both Osinbajo and Sanwo-Olu. Most times, he walked behind the vice president and Sanwo-Olu despite that he was the host Governor that should lead the walk.
The governor’s averseness became glaring when the three of them got to the Bourdillon Ikoyi home of the APC national leader and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Ambode was a bit far away from the picture.
He was cold, even though he cracked some jokes to cheer himself up, it was obvious that Ambode is not a happy man. It is normal. He is a human being and if performance is a key factor in electing a governor for the second term in this part of the world, Ambode is qualified.
Unfortunately, Ambode’s lack of political wisdom is causing him a second term and to add salt to his injury, he will have to campaign for his opponent, Sanwo-Olu.
Sanwo-Olu has visited Ambode in office after he became the APC flagbearer in Lagos where both of them exchanged pleasantries.
To a large extent and with respect to whatever anger any one of them may be nursing, the rapport between Tinubu, Ambode and Sanwo-Olu in the last few weeks is a welcome development in the politics of southwest Nigeria.
It shows the level of civilization of the region and abhorrence of do or die politics, which has crippled Nigeria democracy since 1999.
Democracy will be very beautiful if this understanding can be imbibed by other politicians across all regions of the country. It will not only reduce thuggery in politics, but it will also expand the level of participation of many in politics.
On Saturday, Sanwo-Olu and the Lagos State PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje met at a wedding ceremony. They hugged each other so warmly and nearly stole the show from the newly wedded couple.
The two governorship candidates held each other’s hands, whispered and laughed so deep to the amazement of the guests at the wedding. Of course, let there be banters before tantrums.
In a few weeks to come, the two opponents will engage in hot debate to sell their manifestos to Lagos electorate.