Osun By-Election: A Fresh Signal To APC’s Fading Future
The fading future of the All Progressive Congress is the highlight of Nigeria News this week.
It all began last week when the legal adviser to the All Progressives Congress, Muiz Banire attacked the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, warning him to desist from politics of imposition.
Banire was a prominent member of the Lagos State Executive Council during the tenure of Tinubu as the state governor. He served under Tinubu and his successor, Babatunde Fashola before becoming the legal adviser of APC about two years ago.
No doubt, he benefitted immensely from politics of imposition being played right from the days of the Action Congress, AC to the present APC.
However, Banire came out last week to kick against the system that made him and many others when he cautioned his onetime leader, Asiwaju over imposing candidates on the party.
Banire was reacting to the protest by party members over various imposition supervised by Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi during APC local government primaries.
Many of the party aspirants had alleged that Tinubu imposed almost all the candidates for the forthcoming local government election and that there was no election at all.
Banire called on his leader to allow democracy to thrive by watching the electorate to choose who they want instead of imposing a candidate on them.
Banire statement caused faceoff between him and the APC Chairman in Lagos Chief Bisi Ajomale. The APC chairman described Banire as an ingrate.
However, on Saturday the party experienced a serious disappointment as it lost the Osun State senatorial by-election to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The PDP candidate, Dr. Ademola Adeleke, floored the APC candidate, Senator Mudasiru Husain with about 30, 000 votes to become the senator elect for the Osun State Central Senatorial district.
To political analysts, Adeleke’s victory reflects the minds of the masses who fervently protested against imposition of candidates during APC primaries.
The senator-elect is the younger brother of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke. Following the demise of his brother, Adeleke junior had aspired to become the next senator under APC but the party allegedly came up with its idea of imposition, fielding a former lawmaker, Senator Husain.
With advice and prior knowledge of the antics of APC, Adeleke quickly decamped to the rival party, PDP.
He became the sole candidate of PDP to contest against Husain of APC. No doubt, Adeleke lacked the political gimmicks to pull crowd during the campaign, he rode on APC members who decamped to PDP due to the unfair treatment they got in their former party.
The electorate were bent on voting for PDP to make a point that their voice might be silenced by APC, their votes would count. And the votes really mattered on Saturday as PDP polled over 97, 480 while APC scored 66, 116 votes.
Undoubtedly, the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola was dazed by the results of the election and had no option than to quickly congratulate the winner.
He said that the people of Osun had expressed their minds at the poll and there was nothing nobody could do about it.
However, Aregbesola stated that APC would come back strong, having learnt a bitter lesson in the election.
But to the winner, Adeleke, the victory is a signal to the fact that APC is fast losing its public acceptance and that no amount of propaganda would save the party from another defeat in the coming gubernatorial election.
He said that Osun people are wiser and will not mortgage their future anymore. “APC will be voted out in the coming governorship election, mark my words,” Adeleke posited.