Alhaji Fatai Akinbade : A joker beckons
Alhaji Fatai Akinbade , amiable politician and a former Secretary to Osun State Government is widely believed to be PDP’s most popular governorship aspirant in the approaching Osun State guber election
The race to the Osun State gubernatorial election this 2018 promises to be very memorable; at least with the underlying circumstances and undercurrents pointing to a battle to finish
The political intrigues are at the top gear with many aspirants seeking voters attentions .But the voters appear not dazzled by the ongoing campaign razzmatazz and glib arguments ;they are seemingly on a revenge mission .
This may not be misplaced. . The issues of this coming election, no doubt, shall border on the welfare of the people of the state of the living spring .The unwritten rule of government is that ,as the economy goes ,so goes everything else .Only a candidate or party standard bearer that is fiscally responsible ,socially hard-headed and business minded with trust and character may appeal strongly to the mindset of the electorates this time . The economy of the state is stranded by slow growth and fearing much worse . waiting for a rescue .Falling real income ,growing debt, raw social divisions and moral drift are palpable everywhere .Surely , the theme of this election is not going to be ideological , ;untold hardship has reduced the ideological gap between the parties and it is not likely to be a decisive factor No wonder, Akinbade has continued with a campaign slogan towards the welfare of the people, the real imperative.
And voters especially among civil servants are rooting for him . In a search for the right person for the job ,many people are already talking of a joker in PDP Even APC sympathizers know of this game changer who is feared for his mobility and grassroots support. This is what the overwhelming majority of PDP members see in one of the contestants, Fatai Akinbade who has been severally described as a veritable weapon against the embattled ruling party. Akinbade has, indeed, built his political career ,with care ,within the system ..And will not break the mould . He is good at the game, ambitious ,solicitous of his friends and the general public. Akinbade with overwhelming sparks of political courage and very clear vein of principle is believed to be the right man for the job. .
The former Secretary to State Government certainly, is popular for obvious reasons. Akinbade , a good mixer and a very popular politician possesses the goodwill and appeal that can retain APC’s hold on power in Osun State. He also hails from Osun West, a senatorial zone that enjoyed the exalted office of the governor for only 22 months. So Osun West is expected by Osun people and all fair-minded men to produce the next governor of the state.
Outside the raging issue of equity and justice which run in favour of Akinbade , his deep pocket and generosity is also a factor. Many also cite his friendly disposition, humility, simplicity and fairness as veritable advantages. To complement these obvious gains are his network and well-oiled political machine which is tested and trusted. Those rooting for Akinbade say he is the only person that can radically reverse the prevailing hunger and starvation ravaging the political elite in the state. This is politics and nobody can easily wave away the issue of stomach infrastructure.
But Akinbade also has an impressive record as an experienced, competent and accomplished leader. At least the people say so. There are those who would easily say that he is sympathetic, caring and also has a listening ear. This group flaunts his open-handedness and the fact that he has positively touched lives in his long years in public office.
However, the icing on Akinbade ’s cake is the peoples resolve to vehemently oppose any form of imposition from Lagos or anywhere for that matter. The people of Osun and APC members generally are insistent on the fact that they have come off age and should therefore decide within Osun borders, the person that will fly the party’s flag. There are fears that Aregbesola, a well known protégée of Tinubu will turn to Lagos for the ultimate selection process even with the groundswell of opposition against imposition by party members. This is an added advantage likely to be exploited by Akinbade
The 2018 governorship election in Osun State is a straight fight. It is between APC and PDP .However, if the PDP does all the necessary things, particularly with regard to primaries, confidence-building, transparency and mobilisation, victory will be certain for the party. This party vacated unceremoniously seat many years ago
But anything on the contrary will return the APC to the Government House