Osun Senatorial Seat: Jackson Adeleke, Never Ever!


By the end of official working hours of today, Lagos state MUST have made 1bn Naira IGR.

That is what goes into its revenue accounts every blessed day, including Sundays. And of course that is why Akinwunmi Ambode has every latitude to make Lagos what it continues to become every day.

And before Ambode was Babatunde Raji Fashola who also did some awesome things in terms of the development of “Eko”, although there were talks from some quarters that as the “baker”, Fashola served Lagosians less quantity of “cakes” considering the volume of flour in his custody. Nonetheless Lagos also moved forward under Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola.

As a matter of fact the records of Fashola, who was the Chief of Staff to former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, were hugely hinged on a long-term development plan of Lagos state that the latter handed over to him. The plan is actually a master framework by which successive governments of Lagos state have to work with to maintain the steady growth being experienced so far.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a skilful, experienced, and respected political figure. By such vision he painted of Lagos state and the the political clout he presents in respect of subsequent administration in and growth of Lagos, he easily occupied “the fame hall” like some great world leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India who ruled a chaotic newborn country right from its independence in 1947 until his death in 1964.

Nehru’s legacy is that of an extremely liberal, socialist and secular leader, who under the apprenticeship of Mahatma Gandhi, firmly put India on the course in which it runs today. India today is the country to beat in the world come year 2020.

Nehru and Bola Ahmed Tinubu are lucky in the sense that they succeeded in their individual climes and periods apparently by chance of social orientation, social values, social beliefs of the society they ruled. It was these important societal elements that matched with their individual burning spirits to advance the society they find themselves.

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From what I read and know, Tinubu and Nehru exhibited a common leadership style; facilitating and encouraging people to share their ideas of development, and then synthesizing all the available information into the best possible decision.

I remember during an event where Tinubu proud his success around the fact that he loves to build people and that he gets the best brains for the jobs”.

Basically, Asiwaju as he is popularly called is like late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in political ideology- progressivism, which is fundamentaly concerned about support for or advocacy of social reform and development.

The effect of progressive political ideology within the western region of Nigeria under Obafemi Awolowo was phenomenal. The region grew in terms of infrastructure and human development far beyond other regions put together.

The situation has not changed. Secret behind this was not far fetched- competence and suitability. This is against primordial practice of hereditary of publuc positions which stopped under Awolowo. Up till now, progressives are not bothered by geographical locations when it comes to who should be saddled with matters relating social reform and general development. Competence and suitability has been the basis of political choice. And there are referents in this regard.

In the old Oyo state, which included current Osun climes, the governor, the Deputy governor, secretary to the government and the head of service where all from Osun region (current Osun).

This was mere circumstantial coincidence caused by the principle of competence. This is contrary to the dynastic stance that is currently being propagated in Osun by some group upon the comming Osun West senetorial by-election.

After the ugly incident of the passing on of the first civilian governor of Osun and senator (Osun West), Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, a group hurriedly emerged, cultivating dynastic sentiments in relation to filling the senatorial vacuum caused by the death of Isiaka Adeleke.

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Camps and political divides grew and later culminated into Jackson (Nurudeen) Adeleke, the younger brother of the late senator being paraded as the heir to the senatorial seat as a way of completing his elder brother’s tenure. This sentiment is against the popular position of Osun people, and at large the entire Yoruba people. It does not even make common sense in democracy.

Yorubas do not accept dynasty, otherwise Awolowo would have been the major beneficiary, counting on ground breaking development within the Yoruba climes credited to him. As well loved as he was, his daughter tried to ride on her late father’s legacy to no avail.

In 1992, in Lagis, Tokunbo appropriated her father’s name advantageously in order to win a political aspiration. She added Awolowo to her name and wore Awolowo type of cap. She did not wear the Awolowo type of eye glasses. She lost her ticket in the primaries despite all.

Another example of the Yoruba antidynastism is the experience that late Adekunke Ajasin’s son suffered. As much as he also tried, the best he could get was chairman of the party. And Abraham Adesanya’s sons never won any political aspiration.

Unlike Jackson (Nurudeen) Adeleke, all the referents actually merited the line of hereditary rulership in politics. Jackson Adeleke’s only record is the “skelewu” dance entertainment he thrilled the people with during the 2014 Osun governorship election during campaigns.

Current social reform and development that is being recorded, and to the great advantage of the people in Osun must not be truncated by negligible characters who see leadership as opportunism in the colour of dynastic politics.

As a matter of fact, someone like Kola Abiola, the first son of the winner of the best presidential election in Nigeria late Moshood Abiola should have been compensated to rule Nigeria based on what his father suffered.

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Abiola died in the struggle of the June 12, 1993 presidential election which he clearly won.

It is desperation for power that Jackson Adeleke and his camp, having antagonised the Osun government from day one that his brother died, would later attempt to manipulate the rulling party in the state, APC, to have the senatorial ticket. And upon failng to get the ticket Jackson jumped into PDP.

Within 24 hours he bought over the PDP stalwarts to get the senatorial ticket. If this is not manipulation, then it is unscrupulous!

For the backers of such unscrupulous game, the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun should be a reminder. Monies and military strength were unleash unoresedentedly against Osun people in order to unscrupulously take over government from the progressives under Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The plan failed. Why? Yorubas, particularly Osun people, are sophisticated progressives who would not argue with you when you dangle your poisonous carrots before them to steal their development. But you can be sure that your entire shameful investments are liquidition because they will vote for the progressive camp, which they know is concerned about their wellbeing.

Yorubas did so in Osun on August 9, 2014. They did it in Oyo state and returned Governor Isiaka Ajimobi. They did it in Lagos and crowned Akinwumi Ambode.

In the same sense, they will ensure every unscrupulous investment and support for Jackson Adeleke regarding the July 8, 2017 Osun West senetorial by-election go down the drain. Reason is that they are conscious that the Jackson character lack the least impetus required ti enhance current developmet they are experiencing in the land of the virtuous under Aregbesola.

Adebayo Rasheed Mabayoje

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