The race for Osun governorship election is steadily gathering momentum .It promises to be a battle of the titans ; campaign razzmatazz and glib arguments , routines of the electioneering seasons, are now at the top gear. But the voters are not ready to be dazzled by the above . Grounded in deep frustration they alleged , ,the politicians are behind their tales of woes .
According to a labour leader, who craved for anonymity, only those aspirants , who could key into the mood of the voters and with trust and character , would the necessary attention . They want a leader or governor with the necessary potentials to create visible signs of economic growth within the shortest possible time in office ;they are longing for a leader who is patently in command of the economy and could release the state from its stagnant position. As at now the economy of the state is stranded. Falling standard of living , the hunger and frustration that hang on the falling real income ;the growing debt , raw social divisions ,and moral drift are the realities on ground . Only a leader that can carefully match the above mood of the voters can find a space in their thinking , i.e concentrate their minds on the real imperative ,to tackle the current social economic debacle
However, only the few ,if any, of those emerging on political terrain presently as aspirants have built their careers, with cares ,within the system, particularly among the known and the familiar faces .The relatively unknown are difficult to trust , that will a crass error .If at all one has to go for any unknown aspirant as the governor of Osun state as a successor of Aregbesola ,one has to hope hard and take much on trust . Most of the veteran politicians scrambling for the number seat are raw politicians without any vision or fire in their bellies or sparks of political courage that could lift the state from its present quagmire Osun state is in dare need of a leader that is ambitious and solicitous of the populace rather than selfish charlatans Those without the necessary and clear vein of principle are those around now . Except the unknown and untested aspirants flying kites , the familiar faces gunning for the number one seat are the masters of the flexible posture and disingenuous slide If the issues of elections are seen as trust and character some of them may not stand the test of time Presently , it is no longer ideological stance of the political parties but individuals with potentials and skill set that could fill the economical gap. The incoming governor of the state is expected to fill this gap and move the state forward .
Incidentally , investigations in the state of the living spring confirmed this . .The issue of this election is on trust of character and intellectual capacity . Only candidates that can justify this trust can restore confidence of the electorates on the people welfare and well being . . . The incumbent governor Aregbesola has held down a belief that the present economic misfortune of the state is a national calamity .But ,no doubt, he has bastardized it This has led to his deep political unpopularity ..Fiscal policy ,meanwhile ,has been all at sea . The state debt has grown astronomically without the expected correlations in terms of development .
Aregbesola has failed woefully to secured economic health for the state . Only a governor who enables the people to be highly skilful, independent economic oriented, not the one that relies on the federal allocation can succeed in Osun. For the past eight years ,the incumbent governor has proved resoundingly to be dead to new ideas or bereft of new ones . Aregbesola is spent and his party with him . . The man , tired to distractions and out of ideas . has become a prey to charlatans whose socio- economic rostrums have failed the people and rub salt on the state wounds .The only messiah expected is the one with high level of moral authority with a sense and wisdom of economic revival .This may not be farfetched . The unwritten rule of the government is that ,as the economy goes , so goes everything else .
For this some observers believe , he has no moral authority to determine his successor To do that could be tantamount to seeking a successor that could protect or cover the track for him
Aregbesola is and has been at his wit end on this fundamental imperative . . Aregbesola’s emergence seven years ago undoubtedly, came with a lot of hopes and expectations. The governor’s tenure also came with revelations, frequent controversies and turbulence. Certainly, the governor who cut his political teeth under the famous former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu weathered almost all the storm his governorship generated. At least, no body or group was able to impeach him.. Now, as Aregbesola prepares to hand over to a successor, a major battle awaits him. Interestingly, the political terrain has changed remarkably in Osun and beyond. Apart from the preponderance of new enemies even within, Aregbesola’s All Progressives Congress, APC, must prepare to face the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in a final and ultimate test for popularity and relevance. The APC will as a party, also carry the general atmosphere of unfulfilled electoral promises as baggage into the forth-coming election.
Aregbesola’s critics have severally criticised him of many sins. Prominent among them is his dictatorial tendencies and the Osun School Reclassification programmes that almost tore the state apart. During this period, the governor, unfortunately took steps that were discriminatory against a particular religion in his quest for solutions to the religious crisis. There was also the bizarre introduction of Ifa as a subject in Osun schools and what many consider as the governor’s unpopular creation of Local Council Development Authorities, LCDA’s across the state. There are also issues around what they describe as the governor’s lack of consultation before making appointments and the gradual pauperization of Osun people. Even among staunch supporters of the governor in the state’s factionalised APC, there is fear of the PDP because of the ruling party’s dwindling fortunes. The situation is even made worse by the growing suspicion of imposition of candidate from outside