OPINION: Osun Governorship Election And Campaign Of Calumny
Prince Bola Ajao and Iyiola Omisore are of course far apart in financial strength and popularity, but such cannot be said of their ages. It is highly absorbing that the man currently occupying the position of PDP Publicity Secretary in Osun is not realizing that his excessive commitment to Iyiola Omisore’s governorship ambition in the state which has turned him into a vuvuzela, has eaten up his personal appeal. Bola Ajao’s recent assassination alarm in the State of Osun could be likened to a noise being made by a child before he pollutes the air in order that he may not be suspected after polluting it.
It has become a well known story to every right thinking people that PDP is not good in opposition. They are known for campaigns of calumny and name-calling against the persons they see as obstacles to their occupation. It is axiomatic that such a campaign against a formidable governor whose performance has become to be legendary in the history of state governance in Nigeria cannot hold water in both court of law and court of public opinion.
Nigeria would be a better place today if the bulk of those who call themselves leaders consider Aregbesola’s leadership style for answers to our challenges as a country. It will hurt some people to hear this but, this Son of a Kolanut Trader, Rauf Aregbesola, is arousing just about every thinking person’s idea of a true leader.
My candid advice to the PDP is that, a housewife, who was divorced by her husband on the grounds of adultery and ‘’moral bankruptcy’’ cannot win a war of character assassination against her successor. The history of PDP wasteful government in the State of Osun, nay Nigeria, will for decades remain green in the memories of the people of the state. That must have taught them a great lesson before they went back on the electoral field that produced Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola the governor of the state. It has been a long night in the State of Osun, but today, the dawn is here
Till august 2014 when we are going to witness a governorship poll, which is going to mark one of the rarest moments voters would demonstrate with an overwhelming action to cast their lots through their votes for one man in a governorship election in Nigeria, I say: Ogbeni, don’t stop flying above the stars. Don’t stop
Rafiu Olayinka is a Public Analyst from Abuja (Culled from Sunday Vanguard April 27 2014 (page 9)