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Nigerian Politicians And Their Corns of Cakes

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Nigeria News takes a look at the political elites, their tricks and brawls over sharing of the national cake.

The best time to watch live comedy without pay is during political campaigns in Nigeria. This is when the political elites eat their humble pie to mingle with the ordinary people. When they are in dire need of the masses’ votes and the youths for thuggery.

It is also at this period the political elites share corns, “Akara” and doughnuts with the gullible masses. They join the masses to ride on bike and bicycle. That is their own strategy. If it worked for the lord of “stomach infrastructure”, former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, then it must work for them.

Fayose made a mockery of the masses with his idea of grassroots politicking to pave way for his ambition. He wined and dined with pepper seller, petty traders and entered “Mama put” bukertaria regularly for a bowl of pounded yam and “Amala”.

Besides Fayose, the former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and former Governor of Oyo State Christopher Alao Akala used this strategy to worm themselves into the hearts of the masses.

Of course, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and the current Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki were seeing munching corns during one of the campaigns.

Today, the two have refused to share the corn together, they are fighting over the share of the National and Edo State Cakes.

Obaseki, in order to keep himself for the second term, has sponsored his cronies to take over the leadership at the State House of Assembly. In this intrigues, a lawmaker, Seidu Oshiomhole who is a younger brother of the former Governor Adams Oshiomhole was attacked at the assembly by those believed to be Obaseki’s allies.

Reacting to the crisis in Edo, Adams Oshiomhole put the blame on his successor, Obaseki. The APC national chairman bemoaned the role played by Obaseki, saying that the governor had contravened the APC rules and regulations.

However, Obaseki replied that all the political games in Edo were played according to the regulation of the State APC and that the party at the national level should not dabble into it.

But soon, the party at the State level with its governorship candidate perhaps will soon roll out drums to campaign for another election. This candidate will expect the APC National Working Committee to rally round him against any opposition.

Oshiomhole and President Muhammadu Buhari will be expected to be in Edo to support the party governorship candidate.

As it was in the past when they share corn with themselves and the grassroots people, they will be expected to do the same in a few months to come.

But now that the sharing of the cake has caused more division than unity in the party, what happened to former Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode may repeat itself in Edo. This is why Obaseki must be careful so that APC does not settle for another candidate instead of him.

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