Will History Repeat Itself In Lagos?

Nigeria News takes a look at the 2019 governorship election in Lagos and the likely outcome.

It sounds like a rumour that the oil mogul, Femi Otedola may contest for Lagos State governorship seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

This piece of rumour may become a reality with the system of politics in Nigeria and if it happens, history may repeat itself in Lagos.

The rift between the shrewd and grassroots famous politician in Lagos during 1992-1993 era of Social Democratic Party between Femi Agbalajobi and Dapo Sarumi paved way for Sir Michael Otedola to win then.

I just hope the current rift in the All Progressives Congress will not produce another Otedola in the person of Femi Otedola who is being persuaded by the PDP to fly its flag in Lagos.

A billionaire, Femi Otedola’s video went viral sometimes ago where he was seated in a mass transit ‘molue‘ with lowly people and one wondered what he was trying to project.

Afterwards, a proposition that Otedola might be interested in the Ikeja House job considering his origin as Epe man, his popularity, youthfulness, riches and connection came alive.

The incumbent Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has not been having it smooth with his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the last few weeks and I think the message from Lagos is simple.

The Mandate Movement, which is an amalgam of Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation, BATCO owns the platform. It says the political office is not automatic.

There are so many intricately interwoven variables that must be in place before the choice is made.

From this present case in point, the Movement seems to have made a point that anyone within the system can be called to serve.

The Movement has made its choice, it says a former Commissioner, Jide Sanwo-Olu, will replace the incumbent Mr Akinwunmi Ambode as the Governor of Lagos. If you are aggrieved, go form your own party.

In the last 20 years, the class of Commissioners have never been so lucky. Despite the extremely rich resources that the cadre has been blessed with, they have never produced a governor as Asiwaju picked an apolitical Chief of Staff, and when Babatunde Fashola was done, dumped them yet again to pick from the Perm Secretary Cadre.

Sanwo-Olu is breaking a jinx that is long overdue. He is coming also as a bridge across the three epochs of this fourth republic as he has served all the three government he would be inheriting.

That aside, to those saying the Mandate Movement decision is not fair on Ambode, ask many party faithful, political decisions have never been fair.

So many have been bruised in the past, it doesn’t matter whose turn it is to be served the hemlock. The greatest test of political maturity is not to dare to go alone, especially where you have no know pedigree.

Governor Ambode has sought a peaceful way by bringing President Muhammadu Buhari into the issue. On Wednesday, the president, Ambode and Tinubu had a closed-door meeting in Abuja. The outcome is yet unknown.

I think this is good for Ambode to quickly sort himself out and rule again. But with Sanwo-Olu already warming up to take the seat, the battle is not yet over and if it eventually turns out to be a free for all and PDP succeeds in bringing in Otedola, history may repeat itself in Lagos.

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