It is adulterated to accede the abysmal adherence Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu attracts in Lagos as admirable of ‘Omoluabi loyalty’ or actuality cogitating of the complete Yoruba or South-West populace. Ondo Accompaniment electorate will altercate for archetype that they “liberated” themselves afterwards compromising the ‘Omoluabi’ ethos.
In the 2012 Ondo Accompaniment Governorship acclamation the accepted Governor of Ondo Accompaniment Rotimi Akeredolu as a applicant of the asleep Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was perceived as a “Tinubu imposed” candidate, he ran adjoin the afresh bounden Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the Labor Party, the bodies of Ondo alone Akeredolu.
I anamnesis stomping beyond Ondo during that election, aflame crowds in Ondo Accompaniment could not but accept with songs and folk songs as Mimiko invoked the attitude of the bodies of Ondo Accompaniment not to booty artifice from “outsiders’.
Then best alcove and crannies in Ondo Accompaniment the attack was added about afraid Tinubu than on Mimiko’s performance. Mimiko did not accept to say abundant about his achievement during his aboriginal appellation in office, it was about aloft his peers, decidedly in apprenticeship and bloom care, is Abiye healthcare activity was acclaimed alike by his opponents.
In 2016 aback Akeredolu was to run again, ironically adjoin a applicant adopted by Olusegun Mimiko, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), he presented himself as an complete candidate, his own man, not alone did he defeat Tinubu’s all-powerful applicant in the APC primaries, he canvassed for votes additionally reminding the bodies of Ondo Accompaniment of how they should not let outsiders chose for the bodies of Ondo. Akeredolu won adjoin the applicant of the PDP and today the blow is history. A cardinal of added factors contributed to the victories in the 2012 and 2016 acclamation of Mimiko and Akeredolu.
AMBODE AS AMBODE’S ACHILLES HEEL.
A lot has been accounting about accepted Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, the irony is Ambode’s botheration isn’t his Godfather, above Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Akinwunmi Ambode’s botheration is Akinwunmi Ambode.
Power afflicted the Governor, he absolutely alone himself from the able political affair structure, a affair that has been in adeptness in Lagos aback 1999 is not the affectionate of affair you would ride on and ignore, you may avoid the man who brought you from obscurity, but to survive, you charge to be an aberrant aerialist and accumulate your affair anatomy happy. Ambode did not apprehend the duke over addendum of Governor Babatunde Fashola, if he had, he would not be adverse the political action of his life, the bodies stood with Fashola alike aback the anatomy accent of his asperse was hostile, alike the boss Tinubu knew affective adjoin Fashola would accept been political suicide.
MAFIOSO NATURE OF THE APC IN LAGOS
The Lagos APC adeptness anatomy is abounding with contradictions, sometimes progressive, sometimes self-serving, mostly operating like a agglomeration of mafias, awful aing nit, those who ascendancy the affair at every akin apprehend complete adherence and no questions asked, it reflects best political parties in Nigeria, alike anew formed political parties are apery the model, they accept bigger on it, 6 of the anew INEC registered political parties accept founders, who are affair Chairmen/Women and additionally sole Presidential Candidate.
Lagos civilian account is an addendum of the affair structure, if you appear in as a governor, you are not accepted to bedrock the baiter or ‘change the template’ (apologies to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu) it is a anatomy mostly application the few adjoin the majority. Hardly would you acquisition a Lagos Accompaniment civilian assistant that is not a accustomed affiliate of the APC. Decidedly the Alausa based civilian servants, what happens in Alausa consistently abide in Alausa.
Lagos APC has political leaders who depend on accompaniment resources, they accept no added agency of alimentation than politics, they apperceive Lagos like the aback of their duke and accept bottom soldiers attending on them, from NURTW members, to 18-carat affair associates who admiration accelerating change to aloof anyone that can be a yes man or woman, mostly codicillary on on a rental system, they cannot aloof be cut off and be alone by any Governor no amount how able or resourceful.
Ambode bankrupt the aboriginal commandment, “thou shall not be unreachable”.
Yoruba and abnormally Lagosian’ s do not like Governors or political appointees who are perceived as ‘arrogant’ or cannot be reached, if you like tar the accomplished of Lagos anchorage with gold, they appetite to be able to ‘visit’ and apprehend TP on the way home, affair leaders and associates apprehend you to appear affairs at intervals, they don’t appetite you apathy them during ‘Ileya’ ‘Christmas’ or any blithe period, the artery allocution is that Ambode was not alone aloof to affair associates and leaders, he lived in his own world, his appointees are additionally detached, affair associates can’t alike bethink the name of commissioners in Ambode’s cabinet. Gone are the canicule aback Rauf Aregbesola, Musiliu Obanikoro, Muiz Banire, Tokunbo Afikuyomi and co were Commissioners and you charge not see the Governor to accept a say in the government. Ambode ran a one man show.
For every advance Ambode fabricated with alley architecture in close burghal Lagos and affected projects such as the Lagos-Airport road, Bus Terminals, he undid with abhorred behavior that targeted the actual poor, it was as if he was in a chase to disengage some of Tinubu and Fashola’s projects, they say if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Ambode was active acclimation projects that didn’t charge fixing, from bus stops, to remodelling roads, it was a decay of time and resources. BRT buses were dematerialization one afterwards the added due to neglect, alike Ambode’s anew complete anchorage started developing potholes, the solutions became a problem. He did so able-bodied adorable into close burghal anchorage and convalescent on the Lagos Security Architecture, Lagos beneath him is one of the safest burghal by Nigerian standards.
Ambode’s greatest sin was demography abroad the debris allowance project, bags of poor bodies in Lagos, mostly affair associates active as artery cleaners and operators absent their agency of livelihood. Ambode handed the assignment of charwoman Lagos over to a about alien aggregation declared Visionscape Group, they did a abhorrent job, the alone apple-pie accomplishment from Visionscape was to actualize a apple-pie adorable website, the new face of Lagos became the bedraggled face of Lagos.
Ambode unleashed one castigating tax arrangement afterwards the added on the bodies of Lagos, his best arguable actuality the acreage use tax, aback he was brash to analysis the tax action he was stubborn, aloof and adamant until the beef grew louder, he did not stop at that, he allowable his God fathers declared tax accumulating close aggregation Alpha Betta as the sole collector, aback citizens screamed scam, the accompaniment administrator claimed that legislating Alpha Betta into a accompaniment tax accumulating arrangement was an “administrative mistake.”
Of all his attack to fix close burghal roads, Ambode waged war on poor bodies in beach areas, the bodies of Otogbgbame paid dearly for Ambode’s acreage grab schemes, over 200 structures acceptance to poor bodies were razed bottomward in 2016, the Egun and face association about Lekki were apparent by the government and elitist accompany as an eyesore, to accomplish affairs worse the government abandoned cloister orders, alike aback they got an admonition from the courts, like his predecessors Ambode mocked the Freedom of Information Act. Lagos is one of the few states area budgets are appear afterwards a breakdown.
Ambode is a artefact of the ‘baba sope’ bookish bucking and a victim of same. Hopefully the Yoruba “progressive” will apprentice from the attrition in Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi and the adversity of accident a Senatorial bench to a dancing antic and about accident Osun Governorship to him as a admonishing shot. The admonishing actuality capitalism is not a gift, it is a right, leaders are servants, entrusted with authoritative the fair administration of the commonwealth, they can’t accumulate distributing to their lackeys, friends, cousins, wives, concubines, brothers at the amount of able associates of the public.
THE TINUBU CLAMPDOWN ON AMBODE
The affirmation that Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu is abaft Ambode’s travails are false, Tinubu would accept been swept by the defection from aural his own political base. He was acute abundant to be led by the mass, rather than advance them. The defection additionally exposes Tinubu’s vulnerability, if he had not confused adjoin Ambode, the accumulation in his affair anatomy would accept confused adjoin him, Tinubu almost crop adeptness and influence, he was affected to angle with the affair and abject than angle adjoin them, alike overtures from Abuja could not accept afflicted that. The crises aural the Lagos APC adjoin the Governor had been accustomed to aggravate for too long. The craven had appear home to roost.
Many us accept been adage it for years, both a and in public, the Asiwaju Tinubu political anatomy would accept to acclimate to avant-garde autonomous ethos. The bookish “baba sope” methods is bedeviled with contradictions and abuse, appropriately again conflicts. It is alone a amount of time afore it caves to the acrimony and depression of followers and the electorate. For all his contributions to Nigeria’s autonomous process, the bequest of Governor Tinubu will be bigger served if he stops accepting complex in every alternative process, let claiming and processes be chargeless and fair, Nigeria’s autonomous action can alone advance if centralized affair autonomous action is free, cellophane and fair, affair associates accessible and adorable to the best who may disagree with the leaders of the party. It will be a abashment for all his contributions for Governor Tinubu to leave the accessible with the angel of the Lord of a Mafia group.
WHO ARE THE YORUBA PROGRESSIVES?
Many are affectionate to the brainy larboard in Yoruba land, but absolutely if you de bathrobe the masquerade, it is acceptable actual difficult to atom the differences amid the Yoruba PDP or Yoruba APC.
Land and adeptness buying and ascendancy in Yoruba land, decidedly in Lagos is now for the account of the few, abridgement of YORUBA circulates aural the aforementioned elite. Thus, a Governor Ayo Fayose could claiming the acceptable Yoruba larboard and “win” in Ekiti and it took the acceptable larboard in Yoruba acreage adapting the comedy book of Ayo Fayose to “win’ aback Ekiti. Usually it takes invoking the spirit of Obafemi Awolowo to win elections in the South West, that is fast changing, the bodies can’t atom the acquiescence any more, they will rather booty their affairs with so declared ‘akotiletas’ than break with the so declared ‘disciples of Awolowo’
The chic anatomy of avant-garde day YORUBA politicians is modelled afterwards the alleged Hausa-Fulani administration appearance we all accept been brought up to detest. Check beneficiaries of government accessories both at the federal, accompaniment and bounded levels in Yorubaland abounding are ancestors associates of Yoruba cardinal elite. A actual ‘progressive’ Yoruba Senator who mouths JUSTICE was already a almsman in America, aback the befalling came for the ‘progressive’ to present a name to President Buhari for NAFDAC Chairperson, our Senator did not charge to chase far and advanced Yoruba acreage for adolescent able Yoruba, he recalled his wife, who by the way was already a almsman to booty the position, the appointment of the Vice President is blowzy with sons and daughters of who is who in Yoruba land, Lagos Abode of Assemble like best Yoruba Abode of Assembly in Yoruba acreage is an addendum of ancestors meetings, ‘Familitocrcy’ is replacing fairness, New bearing Yoruba leaders are acceptable the action of who is added nepotistic in the Nigerian federation. The backroom of ‘godfatherism’ is replacing the ‘omoluabi’ ethos. ‘Omoluabi’ is aloof a affair to cunningly use the amount of aliment to clean the soup from the bowl of the commonwealth.
Yoruba OMOLUABI appearance should not be the chains of the will of the bodies to the few. It is Justice for all, adequation for all who alive and abide in Yoruba land, irrespective of who they are, area they appear from, what accent they speak, we are meant to be the alarm of hope, the affable bodies who rejoice at the accession of new settlers, the one who vacates the best admirable allotment of the domiciliary to accomplish the bedfellow comfortable, the advanced one, the one who’s backbone is not in the adeptness to discharge claret but the adept accomplishment of endlessly a war, the bodies who agree, but mostly accede to disagree. The ‘omo Karo o ji ire bi?’.
Fairness in the administration and allocation of Yoruba assets for all who accord to Yoruba acreage should now be the antecedence of Yoruba leaders, it should cantankerous affair and brainy lines. Not all Yoruba accelerating or conservatives accept done badly, alike with their faults but a lot of bad has been done, yes, we can still point to some progress, but that is due to the assurance and can-do attitude of Yoruba and all those who accept called Yoruba Acreage as home. It is never too backward to stop the abode from falling.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a analyst on Nigeria and producer/presenter of the political TV appearance #PolitricksWithKO on BEN-TV UK
Commentator on Nigeria & International-Politics, Anti-Corruption Campaigner.
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